_2022 Chef Open

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Each year the greatest Chefs in Southern California come together competing for the top honor and all for a great cause.  So-Cal Chef Open has grown in popularity and reputation with past Chefs having been featured in several lifestyle magazines, television, local newspapers and receiving coverage from influential food critics and bloggers.  The event is a chance to showcase their amazing talent and cuisine Tapas Style to guests, peers, food critics, and media.  Last year the event SOLD OUT so get your tickets early!


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Chef Mario Amaral – Competitor

Chef Jose Barajas – Competitor

Chef Ben Diaz_Leoness

Chef Mary Simpson, Kitchen Fantasy-Competitor


2022 Judging Panel

Chef Leah DiBernardo – Judge

Neil Saavedra – Judge

Chef Rosie O’Connor – Judge

Wing Lam – Judge

Henry Dicarlo – Judge

Past Competitors:

Chef Giampi Giammanco Il Tramonto Ristorante
Chef Daniel Johnson with Naughty Pig Butcher Shop & Encased Meats
Chef Angel Tapia with Tap’s Taco Catering
Chef Steven Moore, Trendy Chef
Chef J with LATiTUDE by JR
Chef Luis Ortega with Westside Cafe-Grill
Chef Kevin Grant with Oak Mountain Winery
Chef Dylan Soro with Soro’s Mediterranean Grill
Chef Andy Churchill with 8 bit Brewing Company
Chef Armando Cota with Avensole Winery
Chef Pete Lent with Pete’s Firehouse BBQ
Chef Martin Corso with The Chef’s Grille
Chef Rachel Siripakdi with Bamboo House Asian Bistro
Chef J. Wayman Wells with New Birth Heart & Soul Cafe
Chef Jonathan Perez & Chef Algiers “Joey” Castro with 
K/C catering co.
 Executive Chef Matthew Steffen with Cork Fire Kitchen
Chef Justin Mabunay with Urbn Market Fusion (Featured, not competing)
Owner and Executive Chef Dylan Soro, Soro’s Mediterranean Grill
Chef de Cuisine Armando Coto with Avensole Winery
Owner, Pit Master and Executive Chef Al Borda with HoBo’s BBQ
Celebrity Chef Aaron May with HoBo’s BBQ Team
District Chef Toby Traeger with HoBo’s BBQ Team
Chef Keion KT Taylor with EaT 310 Catering
Owner and Chef Daniel Johnson with Naughty Pig Butcher Shop & Encased Meats
Chef Martin Corso with The Chef’s Grille
Chef Michelle Ann with Nana’s Tamales
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