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CELEBRITY CHEF MARCUS SAMUELSSON TO HOST TASTE OF TENNIS PAVILION
AT MYLAN WTT FINALS PRESENTED BY CITI
Pre-match event features VIP experiences with top chefs and Courtgirl

New York, N.Y. (August 9, 2016) --- New York’s top chefs will be serving up signature dishes at the 2016 Mylan World TeamTennis Finals presented by Citi on Friday, August 26, at Forest Hills Stadium in Forest Hills, N.Y.

The Taste of Tennis Pavilion, hosted by Marcus Samuelsson, is an interactive culinary experience that will feature cuisine prepared by top local restaurants, handcrafted cocktails and a variety of exciting VIP experiences including photo opportunities and player meet-and-greets. The event precedes the championship finals match which will feature the top two teams from regular season action of Mylan WTT presented by GEICO. The 2016 regular season concludes on Saturday, August 13.

Four celebrity chefs, including Samuelsson, will step out of the kitchen and onto the court in an exciting tennis exhibition on stadium court prior to the start of the championship match.

AYS Sports Marketing created and produces Taste of Tennis, the World’s Premier Food & Tennis Experience. Over the past 17 years, AYS has produced Taste of Tennis events in New York, Miami and Melbourne, Australia, to kick off major tennis tournaments in those cities.  The concept has recently been expanded to include several exciting new experiences including Taste of Tennis Pavilion, Taste of Tennis Master Class and Taste of Tennis Player Party. In 2017, Taste of Tennis events are scheduled to take place in Miami and New York. 

VIP ticket packages are currently available and include access to both the Taste of Tennis Pavilion and the Courtgirl Lifestyle Experience, where high-end retail partners will set up shop and sample displays for guests. VIP Lower Club seats are $100 and include exclusive pre-match access to two VIP experiences – the Taste of Tennis Pavilion and the Courtgirl Lifestyle Experience. The Taste of Tennis Pavilion and the Courtgirl Lifestyle Experience are open from 1:30-3:30pm and require VIP Club tickets.

The two teams vying for the 2016 title will be decided when the regular season concludes on Saturday, August 13. For the tennis action, reserved chairback club seats for the Finals are $25-$35, with bleacher general admission available for $20.

To order tickets for the Mylan WTT Finals presented by Citi, call (844) 536-7473 or visit www.WTT.com/Finals. Tickets are also available through Ticketfly at www.Ticketfly.com.

SEATING OPTIONS – Mylan WTT Finals presented by Citi:

  • VIP Lower Club seat (club sections 1-2) + VIP: $100 (includes access to VIP Experiences – Taste of Tennis Pavilion & Courtgirl Lifestyle Experience)
  • Lower Club seat (club sections 3-7): $35
  • Upper Club seat (club sections 8-15): $25
  • Lower Bowl seat (general admission bleacher): $20

MYLAN WTT FINALS PRESENTED BY CITI – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
1:00pm                 Gates Open
1:30pm                 VIP Fan Experiences (VIP tickets required for Taste of Tennis & Courtgirl)
2:00pm                 Wilson World Demo Tour Registration
2:15-3:15pm       Wilson World Demo Tour Clinic (REGISTER HERE)
4:00pm                 Start of Championship Match – Teams TBD

TASTE OF TENNIS PARTICIPATING CHEFS (subject to change)

  • MARCUS SAMUELSSON - RED ROOSTER: Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Streetbird Rotisserie.  A committed philanthropist; and the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times, Samuelsson has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City, and was tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State dinner. Samuelsson was also crowned champion of television shows Top Chef Masters and Chopped All Stars, and served as a mentor on ABC’s The Taste. Samuelsson co-produced Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival launched in Harlem, New York in 2015, and he is also the founder of the website Food Republic. He is the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir Yes, Chef, the young adult version, Make It Messy, and his newest cookbook, Marcus Off Duty. He has recently announced the opening of a new restaurant at MGM National Harbor outside of Washington, D.C. at the end of 2016 and the opening of Red Rooster Shoreditch in East London. In May 2016, he was indicted into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. (http://www.marcussamuelsson.com/)
  • A LIL’ BIT OF FUN: Serving the best (gluten free) mini funnel cakes in different flavors.
  • BEN & JACK’S STEAKHOUSE: Admir Albasic is the executive chef of Ben & Jack’s Steak House. (http://benandjackssteakhouse.com/). With a background in Food Science, Chef Admir continues to challenge discretionary pallets through his perfection of dry aging and putting a spin on conventional dishes. In addition to competing in several food competitions that require him to transform a single ingredient and make it the star of the dish, Chef Admir is also actively involved in various philanthropic events, where he utilizes his skills to give back to those in need. Chef Admir has been featured on FOX & Friends, PIX 11, Daily Meal, Huffington Post, Buzz Feed, Food Republic and Resident, to name a few.
  • THE CANNIBAL BEER & BUTCHER: Christian Pappanicholas is the genius behind acclaimed restaurants The Cannibal & Resto. Both restaurants have received critical accolades, including 2 stars from The New York Times. (http://www.cannibalnyc.com/)
  • CASA DEL CHEF: Casa del Chef is an Ecuadorean-owned farm-to-table bistro owned by Chef Alfonso Zhicay, who made his bones at places like Bouley and Union Pacific, and worked with Dan Barber for many years. (http://www.casadelchefny.com/)
  • MP TAVERNA: Michael Psilakis is a recipient of many awards including Food & Wine’s Best New Chef and Bon Appetit’s Chef of the Year. Psilakis’ upscale Greek restaurant, Anthos, has been nominated for a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, “Chef of the Year” by Esquire Magazine and was ultimately awarded a Michelin star and named the third of ten best new restaurants by Frank Bruni, The New York Times restaurant reviewer. (http://michaelpsilakis.com/mp-taverna/mp-taverna-astoria/)
  • RESTAURANT NORTH: Chef Eric Gabrynowicz is the co-owner of Restaurant North in Armonk and was a semifinalist for the award for Best Chef Northeast by the James Beard Foundation. This is his fourth nomination; three for this category and one for Rising Star Chef, in 2011. (http://www.restaurantnorth.com/)
  • TACUBA: Julian Medina is a critically acclaimed chef most notable for his restaurant Yerba Buena in New York City. Medina earned his first accolade during his time at Maya, where the restaurant earned 2 stars from The New York Times. Yerba Buena was named one of 2008’s Best Restaurants by New York Magazine, 2009 Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Reason to Brush Up on Your Spanish” by Time Out New York. Yerba’s second location received 4/5 stars from Time Out New York. (http://tacubanyc.com/home)

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About Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO:
Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO is the innovative leader in professional team tennis competition and features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the league’s championship trophy named after co-founder Billie Jean King. In 2015, Mylan WTT became only the fifth major professional team sports league in the United States to reach the 40th season mark, joining an elite list that includes the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. For more on Mylan WTT, visit www.WTT.com. 

About Taste of Tennis:
The Taste of Tennis is widely considered The World’s Premier Food and Tennis Experience. AYS created the Taste of Tennis in 2000, to kick off two weeks of tennis excitement in New York. The event, featuring food prepared by top chefs and appearances by the world’s top tennis players was an immediate hit and has become one of the most anticipated events on the tennis calendar. Since its founding, AYS has produced the Taste of Tennis in New York for 17 consecutive years. They have also produced the event in Australia 4 times to kick off the Australian Open and twice in Miami. www.TasteOfTennis.com

Photo: Marcus Samuelsson

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