Celebrity Chef Lineup Revealed For KAABOO Del Mar | Annual Music, Comedy & Culture Festival Returns To San Diego This September 14-16 With Chef Headliners Michael Mina, Iron Chef Marc Forgione & Local Top Chef Richard Blais

May 1, 2018

KAABOO Del Mar has announced an incredible lineup of world-renown chefs that will be appearing at this year's three-day festival, which takes place September 14-16 at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds. Rocking out the PALATE Stage this year will be chefs like Michael Mina, Iron Chef Marc Forgione, Top Chef winner Richard Blais, James Beard Foundation Award-winner Michelle Bernstein, and many others.

KAABOO Del Mar, the three-day live music and comedy, culinary, and lifestyle experience, today announced the full PALATE chef lineup for its 2018 event, along with the chefs competing in the 4th Annual Rock'n Chef Competition. The culinary programming will take place on the PALATE Stage, presented in partnership with San Pellegrino, from September 14-16 in Del Mar, CA. The 2018 PALATE program will feature Michael Mina (Mina Group; International Smoke, Cal Mare), Marc Forgione (Food Network’s Chopped and The Next Iron Chef, Marc Forgione), Michelle Bernstein (MBC Michelle Bernstein Catering Company), Richard Blais (Bravo’s Top Chef and San Diego-based Juniper & Ivy), Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois and Trois Familia), Brian Malarkey (Searsucker, Herb & Wood), Daniela Soto-Innes (Cosme, Atla), Jessica Koslow (Sqirl), Evan Estrada (MasterChef Junior), Aaron Caddel & Rene Montelongo of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse and others.

Chefs Brian Malarkey & Javier Plascencia at KAABOO
Headlining Chef Michael Mina is an award-winning culinary great, known for bold dining concepts like Del Mar's incoming International Smoke that have shaped his restaurant empire as world-class epicurean destinations across the country. Mina will be bringing his vision to KAABOO Del Mar with participation across the culinary platform, including a presence in PALATE and on the PALATE Stage, an exclusive AMPLIFY (VIP) experience, and will be making a public appearance as a judge for the Chef’s Roll Rock 'n Chef Competition.

"One of the many things that sets KAABOO Del Mar apart from other festival experiences is the ability to engage all of the senses in an elevated and engaging way," says KAABOO Chief Brand + Marketing Officer Jason Felts "Year after year, our PALATE program continues to push the envelope, taking the culinary experience to another level and we are thrilled to welcome such incredible talent from Southern California and across the country."

Chef Phil Esteban competing at KAABOO
KAABOO is also excited to feature James Beard Award winner, Michelle Bernstein, who will be bringing the Miami heat to the PALATE stage for the first time. French chef and innovative restaurateur, Ludo Lefebvre, will undoubtedly bring his unique vision for the dining experience when he takes the main stage.

"I've always wanted to be a rock star so I'm thrilled to be a part of KAABOO which lets me get up on stage alongside music legends,” added featured chef Marc Forgione.

The 4th Annual Rock’n Chef Competition, presented in partnership with Chef’s Roll, takes place all day Saturday, September 15, on the PALATE stage where chefs compete head-to-head for a winner-takes-all prize. The 2018 chefs participating include Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins (El Jardín), Tu David Phu (Hawker Centre), Dakota Weiss (SweetFin Poke) and Joe Sasto III (Cal Mare). The finalists earned their spots through several qualifying rounds in regional competition throughout Southern California. Past winners have included Alexander Suástegui (2017) and Steve Brown (2016).

These chefs will be joining the previously announced music and comedy acts, featuring Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, plus comedians Craig Ferguson, Iliza Shlesinger, Nick Offerman, Craig Robinson, and many more.

For more information about KAABOO Del Mar and to purchase tickets, visit kaaboodelmar.com