Center for Community Solutions (CCS) will host its signature event of the year, the 9h Annual Chef Showdown, on Thursday, September 26 at Liberty Station in the NTC Promenade. Proceeds from this one-of-a-kind culinary event will benefit programs and services of CCS, a San Diego nonprofit that provides hope, healing and prevention services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.
The event highlights San Diego top chefs participating in an “Iron Chef” style competition and they include Amy Dibiase from Baleen, Joe Magnanelli from Cucina Urbana, Hanis Cavin from the Carnitas Snack Shack, Anthony Sinsay from La Villa, Percy Oani from The Shores, John Bautista from Kitchen 1540 and Lori Sauer from George’s at the Cove. The competing chefs will be divided into two teams and they will be given a secret ingredient to use to create eight dishes during the evening.
The judges for the competition are Chef Bernard Guillas from The Marine Room, Restaurateur Ingrid Croce, Chef and Event Stylist Andrew Spurgin, Javier Plascencia of MisiÓn 19, Food Critic Amy Finley of Riviera Magazine and two judge spots will be offered to guests for bidding during the live auction portion of the evening. Sam Zien from the famous television show Sam the Cooking Guy and Marcela Valladolid of the Food Network’s Mexican Made Easy will host the competition.
Chef Showdown is co-chaired by Isabel Cruz, Executive Chef and Owner of Isabel’s Cantina, and Dee Dee Castro, Community Relations Manager from Viejas. Most importantly, Chef Showdown is also a fundraising event with a net income goal of at least $100,000 for much needed support for Center for Community Solutions. Over 600 supporters including individuals, businesses, corporate sponsors, political and community leaders attend the culinary event to enjoy the chef competition, taste an array of delectable creations from more than 25 restaurants, sample a variety of wines, and bid on auction items. Chef Showdown will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at NTC Promenade in Point Loma. Tickets to the event are $125 each or $200 for a VIP reservation, and can be purchased by calling (858) 272-5777, ext. 120.