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Congratulations to Graham Elliot Director of Operations Merlin Verrier...

Merlin Verrier and Kira Crafton on the beach at St. Croix.

Merlin Verrier and Kira Crafton on the beach at St. Croix.Photo: Sky Full of Bacon

and his newly-minted fiancée Kira Crafton (of Whiskey Bar & Grill), who got engaged in St. Croix last week while attending the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience. Here Crafton shows off her rock on the beach shortly before the Food Fight, a Top Chef-like challenge in which Verrier went head to head against Puerto Rico-based chef Roberto Trevino, making a pot of a traditional Crucian soup on the beach as onlookers gathered around (and offered suggestions).

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