May 12-13: Masters of Fire & Ice to feature the area’s top chefs, bartenders and pitmasters for Epic-Cure benefit at Asadolife

Pitmasters include Food Network Chopped Champion from December 2022, Merry Graham 

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – An ensemble cast of the finest chefs, bartenders and pitmasters join forces for the ULTIMATE live fire grilling & cocktail-making exhibition — Masters of Fire & Ice, a 2-day event May 12-13 at Asadolife, 173 Shipyard Way, St. Augustine. Tickets and details at

“This is our favorite event of the year. It is the passion of the participants that makes this event such an amazing culinary event,” said Nick & Christie Carrera, co-owners of Asadolife, which opened in 2022. This waterfront restaurant offers dinner and a show — the entertainment feature is watching food grilled to perfection on an outdoor asado,  a wood-burning Argentinian grill, built by Nick Carrera. 

Asado-style whole lamb and pig roasts will be featured each night by the all-star, award-winning pitmasters. The female pitmasters, which include Chopped Champion Merry Graham, will present this special part of the event. “In the spirit of an Asado, this is where everyone comes together,” Christie Carrera explained.

Chopped Champion Pitmaster Merry Graham

The event will support Epic-Cure Inc., a charity organization dedicated to eliminating food waste, ending hunger, promoting success through self-sufficiency, and connecting generations. Learn more at

Masters of Fire & Ice features chefs and bartenders who are Masters of their craft, along with all-star pitmasters. Tickets include three courses prepared by the three featured chefs, and three signature cocktails crafted by the three featured bartenders. The Pitmasters will present a whole fire roasted pig or lamb at the end. Two additional drink vouchers for beer, wine, or non-alcoholic beverages are also included in the ticket price. Each night will feature new chefs and bartenders. Tickets are $225 each day or $400 for 2-day package. Price includes tax & gratuity. RSVP at


Chef Matthew Brown, Executive Chef Partner at Asado Life & Leña Asado; Chef Sean Woods, Executive Chef, Amelia Island Club;

Chef Eric Butcher, Director of PGA Global Home; Chef Andrew Blanton, Congaree & Penn; and Chef Christina Conde, Private Chef. 


All Star Pitmasters include Kita Roberts, Girl Carnivore; Merry Graham (Grilling Grandma), Chopped Champion; Christie Vanover, Award Winning Pitmaster, Girls Can Grill; and Nicole Stover, Beach Girls Grill.


Bartenders include local and national favorites. Kelley Fitzsimmonds, Beverage Director at Asado Life; Jon Mateer, Beverage Director at TPC Sawgrass; Josh Davis, Brown and Balanced, Chicago, Illinois; Shaun Traxler, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Koky Lopez, Charleston, South Carolina; and Evan Sewell, Atlanta, Georgia.


St. Augustine residents and business owners Nick and Christie Carrera, along with chef partner Matthew Brown, partnered to open this experience in a brick and mortar building. Previously, they offered Sunday Asado pop-ups in the Lincolnville area of St. Augustine where Nick Carrera runs his Urban Asado, creating handcrafted Argentinian grills. Nick was featured on Cooking Channel’s “Man Fire Food” with host Roger Mooking on August 15, 2018. At the restaurant, Nick is the Asador, which means he maintains the fires. Chef Matthew Brown oversees the grilling, along with his professional cooking team. Learn more at 

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