Chef Showdown Rides Into Fall at Harley Davidson

Chef Showdown warranted a big applause for the 10th year in a row, raising big dollars for the Center for Community Solutions. Guests arrived at the the country’s largest Harley Davidson showroom on Thursday night ready for fun, food, drink and a little rowdy competition.


Guests were treated to the tastiest bites while 2 teams of talented chefs and mixologists had at it creating courses for the judges to savor. Judges included Ingrid Croce from Croce’s Park West, Executive Chef Bernard Guillas from The Marine Room, Executive Chef Flor Franco from Convivia at Encuentro Guadalupe, Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey, Maria Desiderata Montana from San Diego Food Finds, and Executive Chef Paul McCabe from T. Cook’s in Scottsdale, Arizona.



The competition was FIERCE! The dishes that came out were creative, beautiful, interactive, multi-sensory… overall they were unbelievably impressive. The stage was crowded with talent all maneuvering around under the hot, bright lights in view of the judges and audience on bleachers. It was incredible to see the synchronicity of it all in such a small space. Somehow it all came together on time and perfectly presented. OH THE PRESSURE!

The who’s who of San Diego’s food scene is either a participant, a sponsor, a judge, a writer or a food enthusiast at the Chef Showdown. The excitement of this event for a food lover is unmatched by any other event throughout the year, so if you have not made it to this cause event, you better put it on your list.


2014 Competing Chefs

Amy Dibiase from Tidal, Brandon Fortune from Kitchen 1540, Karrie Hills from The Red Door, Accursio Lota from Solare Ristorante, Jason McLeod from Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar, Aaron Obregon from soon-t0-be-opening Zarco Comida de Baja in Chula Vista, Lori Saurer from George’s at the Cove, Donald Lockhart from CuspAugie Saucedo from Brothers Signature Catering & Events, and Andrew Bachelier from Cucina Enoteca. We also have mixologists Jeff Josenhans & Alberto Hollman from Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel, and Frankie and Mike Yen from Snake Oil Cocktails.

Some of San Diego’s best restaurants provided delectable tastings, including Barrio StarBrothers Signature Catering & EventsConvivia at Encuentro GuadalupeCroce’s Park WestCucina EnotecaCulture BrewingCupcakes SquaredCuspEclipse ChocolateGeorge’s at the Cove, Grant Grill,Green Acre, Hillcrest Brewing CoIronside Fish & OysterJamul BreweryKarl StraussKitchen 1540, Lost AbbeyMamma ChiaMia Francesca, NespressoNolet Spirits, Olivetti’s Fine Oils and VinegarsTIDALSadie Rose Baking Co, San Diego PaellaSnake OilSolare RistoranteUrban Mo’s Bar & GrillURBN Coal Fired Pizza, Uptick Winery,  The Red DoorThe West Bean Coffee House, The Wild Thyme Catering CompanyVenissimo Cheese, and the soon-to-be-opening Zarco Comida de Baja!



Founded in 1969, Center for Community Solutions (CCS) helps more than 11,000 adults and children each year to heal and prevent relationship and sexual violence. CCS operates the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego along with a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. The nonprofit agency also provides emergency domestic violence shelters, hospital and court accompaniment, as well as legal and counseling services for those affected by rape, domestic violence, and elder abuse. CCS also works with local community groups and schools to provide innovative prevention programs to promote healthy relationships and peaceful communities.