San Diego Chefs Set To Compete In Fried Chicken Throwdown At Hillcrest's Local Habit On August 18

August 3, 2015

Fried chicken is all the rage right now and on Tuesday, August 18, starting at 6pm, six of the San Diego's top chefs will be put to the test to see who makes the crispiest, juiciest, tastiest bird in America's Finest City. Diners will converge for Eating and Drinking in San Diego’s inaugural fried chicken challenge, hosted by Local Habit, Hillcrest’s Cali-Creole hotspot, where mouthwatering fried chicken will always be on the menu.

Competing chefs include Jimmy Tessier - executive chef of Local Habit; Karen Blair - owner and chef of Small Bar; Jason McLeod - executive chef of Ironside Fish & Oyster; Jason Gethin - executive chef of Table No. 10; Rich Sweeney - former executive chef of Florent and R Gang Eatery; and Karl Prohaska - executive chef of The Culinary Freight Train. Each dish will be evaluated on juiciness, crunchiness and overall taste by dining guests as well as notable judges, including Tommy Gomes of Catalina Offshore Products, Philip Esteban of Cork & Craft and Nate Soroko of Toronado.

For only $45, tickets to the fried chicken challenge include six competing samples of chicken, each with its own beer pairing, curated by beer connoisseur Nate Soroko, as well as unlimited sides of corn, kale and potatoes, a cocktail and a scorecard. Tickets can be purchased online at

Local Habit is located at 3827 5th Avenue in Hillcrest. For more information, visit