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TV chefs keep things cooking at Summer Solstice

DEL MAR — With the somewhat-hazy, yet still-spectacular Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, three finalists from “The Next Food Network Star” created some of their signature dishes during the Del Mar Village Association’s 14th annual Summer Solstice on June 18 at Powerhouse Park.
Several fans, aware the Food Network show had already wrapped, wanted to know who was victorious. But Jamika Pessoa, Debbie Lee and Eddie Gilbert remained tight-lipped, reminding everyone the winner would be revealed during the Aug. 2 finale.
Chefs from 20 Del Mar restaurants were on hand serving some of their specialties as well. The event also included selections from about 30 vineyards, breweries and wine shops. Randy Fontaine and the Swingers entertained guests as they tasted, sipped and bid on silent auction items such as tickets to see Kelly Clarkson in concert at the San Diego County Fair, passes to the Thoroughbred Club, overnight stays at area hotels and complimentary meals at local restaurants.
All 650 tickets, at $40 apiece, once again sold out in advance. Proceeds support the DMVA’s downtown revitalization efforts.