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 17th Annual So-Cal Chef Open on Monday, August 12, 2024 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 550 guests in attendance.

Media Preview Night is Tuesday, June 25th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Danza del Sol Winery, Temecula. The invitation only media event will provide local media, Food Writers, Bloggers and Sponsors a chance to meet the competing Chefs, taste local cuisine and meet the judges.

RSVP Here for Media Night

Learn more about the Chef Open:


Early 2024 Participants

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2024 Esteemed Judges

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Chef Giampi Giammanco Il Tramonto Ristorante
Chef Daniel Johnson with Naughty Pig Butcher Shop & Encased Meats
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
 ** Past Award Winners

Kristi Piatkowski
Cell: (714) 260-2699

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