15th Annual So-Cal Chef Open

Monday, August 15, 2022 at Peltzer Winery


Each year the greatest Chefs in the Valley come together competing for the top honor and all for a great cause.  Oak Grove Center would like to personally invite you to attend the 15th Annual So-Cal Chef Open on Monday, August 15, 2022 at the beautiful and popular, Peltzer Winery.  The event 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.  It is a chance to showcase your amazing talent and cuisine Tapas Style to guests, peers, food critics, and media.  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 Registration Form 2022

Chef Open 2017 Video


Thank you again for your consideration.  Funds raised 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!


Kristi Piatkowski
Cell: (714) 260-2699

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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