Tickets are on sale for the 2016 Chopped Challenge, a benefit for Cooking Matters Maine.

Cheer on your favorite local chef at Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut St., at 5 p.m. May 1. The competitors this year will be Courtney Loreg, chef at Woodford Food and Beverage; Matt Ginn, chef at Evo; Nick Krunkkala of Liquid Riot; and a mystery chef.

Judges for the competition are chef Rob Evans, owner of Duckfat and runner-up on the Food Network’s “Chopped”; Joe Ricchio, host of the successful Web-based series “Food Coma TV”; and Susan Axelrod, social media editor at the Portland Press Herald/

Guests can taste food from Zapoteca, Slab, Earth at Hidden Pond, Eventide Oyster Co., Old Port Sea Grill, Japanese food truck Mami and others. Guests can also buy specialty drinks at a cash bar to be mixed by bartenders from Bramhall, Sur Lie, Portland Hunt and Alpine Club, Rhum and Royal Rose Syrups.

Tickets cost $55 and are available at A $125 VIP ticket includes premium seats, two complimentary beverage tickets and several special tastings from the chefs.

Cooking Matters Maine, a program of the Good Shepherd Food Bank and Share Our Strength, teaches low-income families how to prepare healthy, tasty meals at home on a tight budget.