San Diego Culinary Elite Join Forces To Benefit Chef Celebration On May 31

May 11, 2017

Nine highly celebrated San Diego chefs will join forces on Wednesday, May 31 at The Shores Restaurant in La Jolla for a four-course dinner to benefit local non-profit Chef Celebration, which raises money for an annual seminar scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America Greystone for aspiring chefs.

For the past 20 years, Chef Celebration, a locally based non-profit ‘by chefs, for chefs,’ has made it their mission to build a foundation for San Diego’s culinary future by raising money to provide scholarships for San Diego’s young, aspiring chefs. Founded in 1995 by a small group of local toques, today the non-profit has grown to include more than 50 of the city’s most respected chefs, including Jeff Jackson (The Lodge at Torrey Pines) and Jeffrey Strauss (Pamplemousse Grille) among others, and has raised more than $300k through their yearly dinner series and festival to provide culinary scholarships to more than 100 individual local recipients - many of which have become staples within San Diego’s culinary community, including Stephen Gage (Blind Lady Alehouse), Hanis Cavin (Carnitas’ Snack Shack), and Victor Jimenez (Cowboy Star).

For years Chef Celebration has been hosting a series of multi-chef dinners around San Diego each Spring, which culminate in a food festival tasting event, but this year the series is on hiatus. To substitute for the series, Chef Celebration is bringing together 9 amazing San Diego chefs for a four course meal at the oceanside The Shores Restaurant in beautiful La Jolla Shores. Also new this year is that the educational week long seminar that usually takes place at CIA in Napa will occur right here in America's Finest City.

At this year's Chef Celebration Dinner, guests will be treated to a choice of four courses from chefs including hosts Bernard Guillas, Ron Oliver (The Marine Room), and Percy Oani (The Shores), as well as Brian Malarkey (Herb & Wood), Jason Knibb (Nine-Ten Restaurant), Rob Ruiz (Land & Water Co.), Casey Thompson (The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe), Evan Cruz (Arterra Del Mar), and Jason McLeod (Ironside Fish & Oyster). The dinner is $65 per person excluding tax and tip and the event runs from 5-9pm on May 31. Reservations can be made by calling 858.456.0600.

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