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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.  Get your tickets now!  Pre-sale tickets are $40 per person or $55 at the door.

Pinnacle Award is determined by a panel of Celebrity Chefs:
Owner and Chef Rosie, Provecho Grill
Chef Justin Mabunay with Urbn Market Fusion
Chef Steven Moore, Trendy Chef
CEO and Co-Founder, Wing Lam with Wahoo’s Fish Taco
Publisher Josh Kopelman with Infamous Food and Drink

This year, Chefs Rosie O’Connor and Steven Moore, aka Trendy Chef, along with Wahoo’s Fish Taco owner, Wing Lam will be this year’s featured celebrity chefs.  Chef Rosie will be this year’s Lead Judge.  She is the Executive Chef and Owner of Provecho Grill and appeared on Food Network’s Supermarket Stakeout, as well as the Cooking Channel’s Farmer’s Market. She’s currently the only past winner to earn both the People’s Choice & Pinnacle Winner awards.  Steven Moore, aka Trendy Chef, is a past winner of Food Network’s Supermarket Stakeout with guest judge Bobby Flay.  Restauranteur, speaker, philanthropist and surfer, Wing Lam, who serves as CEO of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and co-founded the global franchise brand in 1988 with his brothers, will round out this impressive team.  2020 Pinnacle Award winner, Chef Justin Mabunay, from local favorite, Urbn Market Fusion will also join the three celebrity chefs.

People’s Choice Award is determined by you! Our ticketed guests.

2021 Celebrity EmCee


Henry DiCarlo with KTLA 5

Competing Chefs and Restaurants:

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 Matt Green with Cheflavor
Chef Michelle Ann with Nana’s Tamales


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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.
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