16th Annual So-Cal Chef Open

Monday, August 14, 2023 at Peltzer Farms, Temecula


Each year the greatest Chefs in the Valley come together competing for the top honor and all for a great cause.  Join Oak Grove Center for the 16th Annual So-Cal Chef Open on Monday, August 14, 2023 at the beautiful and popular, Peltzer 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 showcase your amazing talent and cuisine Tapas Style to guests, peers, food critics, and media. Selling out the past two years, we anticipate 500 guests in attendance.

The So-Cal Chef Open focuses around Chefs competing for two prestigious awards.  The Pinnacle Award will be voted on by a panel of culinary judges and presented as the Grand Finale to the evening.  A People’s Choice Top Chef voted on by those attending will be awarded along with a Second and Third Place award.  We encourage you to reserve your spot soon to ensure your participation and the greatest coverage benefit.

Why Join? Listen to past winners and participants!

Chef Open 2017 Video

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you again for your consideration.  All proceeds through the event support Oak Grove’s Culinary Vocational Training Program preparing at-risk and special needs youth for employment in the Culinary field and independent adulthood.  Your participation makes a huge difference in their lives and our community!

Chef Competitor Registration 2023

For requirements and to enter the Chef Open, complete the Registration Form and submit it to the contact below. The earlier you register, the more coverage you receive. Be sure to register before June 7th Media Preview Night where participating Chefs are highlighted.


Kristi Piatkowski
Cell: (714) 260-2699


2023 Judging Panel:

Early 2023 Competitors & Participants:


Some 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 Coto 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
** Award Winners
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