The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) will host the 11th Annual Chef Showdown, on Thursday, October 29 at a stunning new waterfront venue - the Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier, where local chefs will go head-to-head for a great cause. The annual fundraising and tasting event takes place during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is held in October throughout the country. This one-of-a-kind culinary event will benefit programs and services of CCS, a San Diego nonprofit that provides advocacy, legal support, healing and prevention services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.
There are many new and exhilarating additions for this year's Chef Showdown. Ten of San Diego’s top Chefs and Mixologists who will battle head-to-head to create over the top culinary creations with exquisitely paired cocktails. Featuring Calvin Hanis from Carnitas Snack Shack, Lota Accursio from Solare Ristorante and Lori Sauer from George’s at the Cove, two teams of five chefs and mixologists will compete using a featured ingredient and their dishes must pass and impress a panel of six industry professionals and a People’s Choice Judging Panel.
Featured judges for the competition include Chef Bernard Guillas, from The Marine Room, Isabel Cruz, Executive Chef and Owner of The Cantina Group, Chef Amy Dibiase from Tidal, Mixologist Jeff Josenhans from the Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel and more. In addition, guests can bid for a spot on this brand new judge’s panel and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Emmy Award winner Sam Zien from the famous television show Sam the Cooking Guy will host the competition.
Chef Showdown will be held from 6-9pm at The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, located at 1000 N Harbor Drive. Tickets to the event are $250 each, and can be purchased by calling (858) 272-5777, ext. 151, or online at ccssd.ejoinme.org/cheftickets2015. Chef Showdown is a fundraising event to support the much needed services for Center for Community Solutions. Over 600 supporters including individuals, businesses, corporate sponsors, and political and community leaders will attend the culinary event to enjoy the chef competition, taste an array of delectable creations from more than 20 restaurants, sample a variety of wines, and bid on auction items. Check out the video below for scenes from years past.