Hotel Del Coronado Presents Chef Throwdown On June 9 To Benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

May 5, 2016

Hotel del Coronado will host an unforgettable gourmet tasting event on their expansive, oceanfront Windsor Lawn on Thursday, June 9. Benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Chef Throwdown will treat guests to a culinary feast where 30 of San Diego and Baja’s best chefs will present tasting portions of signature dishes and desserts from stations set around the historic property, while local wineries and breweries pair their favorite libations with the culinary creations. There will also be live entertainment, as well as both a live and silent auction.

At the conclusion of Chef Showdown, the foundation’s esteemed Culinary Council of local tastemakers and culinary leaders will decide the evening’s top dishes, while attendees cast their votes for People’s Choice. The winner of the chef competition will receive such prizes as a La Caja China roasting box, an all-inclusive trip to Valle de Guadalupe for 6, a custom leather knife roll with handmade chef knife and a two night stay at the Hotel del Coronado.

Live entertainment, and live and silent auctions will round out the evening. All proceeds raised will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and its on-going mission to cure cystic fibrosis and provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives. The ever-growing and esteemed Culinary Council include Brian Malarkey, Claudia Sandoval, Troy Johnson, Tommy Gomes, Jack Ford, Andre Zotoff, Michele Parente, Sam "The Cooking Guy" Zien, Serge Dedina and Lead Judge Richard Sandoval. 

The winner of last year's Chef Throwdown Chef Nicholas Villamil
of Polanco Kitchen & Bar
Participating restaurants and chefs at this year's Chef Showdown include Meredith Manee and Daphne Higa of Hotel del Coronado, Colin MacLaggan of Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Tommy Fraioli of Beaumont’s Eatery, Mario Cassineri of BiCE, Geordie Moulios of Big City Chefs, Bianca Castro of Biscotti’s Patisserie, Javier Plascencia of Bracero Cocina, Eduardo Baesa of City Tacos, Andre Alto of Don Chido, Marco Marin of El Cielo Winery & Restaurant, Executive Chef of The Hard Rock Hotel, Isabel Cruz of Isabel Cruz Restaurant Group, Danilo “DJ” Tangalin of JRDN Restaurant at Tower 23, Executive Chef of La Valencia, James Montejano of the Cardiff Seaside Market, Katherine Johnson of Luce Bar and Kitchen, Michael Poompan of Coronado Island Marriott, David Meade of Nobu, Jeffrey Rottinghaus of Peohe’s, Jorge Gonzalez of Primavera, Jessica Scott & Luisteen Gonzalez of Puesto, Mary Sarain & Nikki Black of Pure Cupcakes, Denise Roa & Emilio Espinosa of Rancho La Puerta, Jaime Chavez of Sirena Cocina Latina, Tim Kolanko of Stake Chophouse, Thomas Connolly of Stone Brewing World Bistro, Jeff Roberto of Sushi On a Roll, Ashley Drake of The Chocolate Lush, Phillip Esteban of The Cork & Craft, Robert Ruiz of The Land & Water Company, Miguel Valdez of The Red Door and Marco Sedda of Vigilucci’s Ristorante Coronado.

Tickets are available for $150 and include entry to Chef Throwdown, unlimited food and beverage tastings prepared by 30 of San Diego and Baja’s best chefs and mixologists, beer and wine tastings, and complimentary self-parking. VIP tickets are available for $250 and will provide guests early entry to the event (5pm to 6pm), a meet-and-greet with the Culinary Council, complimentary valet parking, reserved VIP tables, concierge service and front-of-line access throughout the night. Last year's San Diego event helped raise over $60,000 for the Foundation, with this year’s Chef Throwdown set to be the biggest and most successful to date.

Hotel del Coronado is located at 1500 Orange Avenue in Coronado. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit