Each year the greatest Chefs come together competing for the top honor and all for a great cause.  Save the date for the 17th Annual So-Cal Chef Open benefiting Oak Grove Center is Monday, August 12, 2024 at the beautiful and popular, Peltzer Farm & Winery in Temecula.

Past participating Chefs have been featured in several lifestyle magazines, television, local newspapers and received coverage from influential food critics and bloggers.  Growing in popularity and reputation, the Chef Open is a chance to taste the finest our area has to offer and meet some of your favorite Chefs.


2023 Judging Panel:


Early 2023 Competitors & Participants:


Past Competitors & Winners:

**Chef Rosie O’Connor with Provecho Grill
**Executive Chef Mario Amaral with Savage Chef Bar & Grill (2022 Pinnacle Winner)
**Executive Chef Matthew Steffen with Cork Fire Kitchen
**Chef Justin Mabunay with Urbn Market Fusion
**Executive Chef Dylan Soro, Soro’s Mediterranean Grill
Executive Chef Taylor Israelson with Avensole Winery
**Chef de Cuisine Armando Cota with Avensole Winery
Chef Giampi Giammanco Il Tramonto Ristorante
Chef Daniel Johnson with Naughty Pig Butcher Shop & Encased Meats
**Chef Michelle Ann with Nana’s Tamales (2022 People’s Choice Winner)
Chef Keion KT Taylor with EaT 310 Catering
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 Angel Tapia with Tap’s Taco Catering
Chef Steven Moore, Trendy Chef
**Executive Chef Steve Bearse with New Life Culinary Creations
Chef J with LATiTUDE by JR
Chef Luis Ortega with Burgers & Beer Temecula
Chef Kevin Grant with Oak Mountain Winery
Chef Andy Churchill with 8 bit Brewing Company
Chef Pete Lent with Pete’s Firehouse BBQ
Chef Martin Corso with The Chef’s Grille
Chef Rachel Siripakdi with Bamboo House Asian Bistro
**Previous Winner
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