San Diego Top Chefs Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence at 9th Annual Chef Showdown | Thursday, September 26

August 16, 2013

Center for Community Solutions’ 9th Annual Chef Showdown will take place on Thursday, September 26 from 6-9pm at NTC Promenade in Point Loma.  During this charity event, 10 of San Diego’s top chefs will come together for an entertaining Iron Chef-inspired culinary competition, with proceeds benefitting CCS’ domestic violence prevention and intervention programs and services in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Last year, this event raised more than $150k that went to efforts to battle domestic violence.

At the Chef Showdown, two teams, each with 5 chefs, will incorporate one secret ingredient into eight original dishes, to be judged by a panel of well-known San Diego chefs and restaurateurs. Guests will receive sample food portions and lively course-by-course commentary by Sam Zien of the television show Sam the Cooking Guy and Marcella Valladolid of the Food Network’s Mexican Made Easy.  Entertainment will also include music and live video projection of food preparation, and guests can bid on silent auction items.

Last year's winning team!
Photo by Sinsay fitography
Chefs involved in the competition include Anthony Sinsay of La Villa, Amy Dibiase of Baleen, Joe Magnanelli of CUCINA urbana, Lori Sauer of George’s at the Cove, Percy Oani of The Shores, John Bautista of Kitchen 1540, Benito Molina of Manzanilla, Drew Deckman of Deckman’s, Flor Franco of Indulge Contemporary Catering and more!  Judges include Bernard Guillas of the Marine Room, Ingrid Croce of Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, Amy Finley of Riviera Magazine, Javier Plascencia of Mision 19 and more!

General admission tickets are priced at $125, and guests are invited to taste a signature dish of over 25 of San Diego’s best restaurants and enjoy an open bar with wine, beer and signature cocktails from all the best wine and spirit sponsors. VIP Admission is priced at $200 which includes a complimentary gift bag, access to the VIP lounge sponsored by Riviera, which boasts comfortable lounge seating, premium visibility of the cooking competition, and access to private chef and vendors, and tastings of title sponsor Uptick Vineyard wine. Tickets can be purchased by calling (858) 272-5777, ext. 120, or online at

The culinary output is incredible!
Photo by Sinsay fitography
Viejas is the presenting sponsor for the evening and other sponsors include Uptick Vineyards, Infinium Spirits, Clase Azul, POM Wonderful, Kashi, Trader Joe’s, and Riviera Magazine. The event will include tasty offerings from Baleen, Barrio Star, Busalacchi’s on 5th, Café Japengo, Carnitas Snack Shack, Shari’s Berries, The West Bean, Mision 19, Deckmans, Trumer Pils beer, George’s at the Cove, Eclipse Chocolat, Sadie Rose and more!

“This year’s 9th Annual Chef Showdown will be THE best foodie event this year, with an even bolder line-up of restaurants and chefs, and emcees. Center for Community Solutions along with the Chef Showdown committee has reached across the border to include some of Baja’s gastronomical geniuses," predicted Gemma Markham from the Center for Community Solutions.  "This will be an up close and personal experience of Chef Showdown like you’ve never seen before!”

Founded in 1969, Center for Community Solutions assists more than 30,000 women, men and children affected by sexual assault, domestic violence and elder abuse each year. The Center operates the only Rape Crisis Center in the City of San Diego along with a 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline as well as hospital and court accompaniment services for rape survivors. CCS provides two 24-hour emergency shelter and transitional housing programs for victims of domestic violence and their children.

NTC Promenade in Point Loma is located at 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106. For more information on the Center for Community Solutions and the annual Chef Showdown fundraiser, visit