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2018 Chef Throwdown

Benfitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Friday, September 28, at 6:00 PM

You are invited to be a part of an unforgettable evening of epicurean splendor showcasing the talents of over 25 of the best chefs from San Diego and Baja at the annual Chef Throwdown at the iconic Hotel del Coronado, benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The progressive evening will bring together local fashionable foodies awarding a ‘People’s Choice’ and a Culinary Council of celebrity top chefs and food critics, awarding the Chef Flor Franco Awards for Culinary Excellence. 2018’s lineup of competing chefs and judges will be announced soon.

Tickets are not yet available for this event.


Last year’s judges include Bernard Guillas from The Marine Room, Fishmonger Tommy Gomes, Armando Rodiel, creator of SD Paella & Wine Festival, and The San Diego Union-Tribune food writer Michelle Parente. Troy Johnson from San Diego MagazineGuy’s Grocery Games and more, and Food Network‘s Melissa d’Arabian served as host and MC for the evening.


A special thank you to Beacons Point for creating this video.


2017 Event Schedule

6 – 7:30pm | Chef Throwdown

Guests gathered on The Del’s oceanfront Windsor Lawn and enjoyed appetizers from the competing local chefs.

San Diego Chefs

Marc Osier – Hotel del Coronado, Bruno Albouze – Hotel del Coronado, Tommy Fraioli – 10 Barrel Brewing Company, Ami Cisneros – Pacific Standard, Nick Villamil – Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, Jeff Bonilla – Evolve Cuisine Forward,  Jeff Roberto – Sushi On A Roll, Alex Emery – La Valencia Hotel, Keoni Simmons – Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego, Mario Medina – The Main Course Restaurant, Colin MacLaggan – Ballast Point Brewing Company, Geordie Moulios – Big City Chefs, Jorge Gonzalez – Calypso Cafe, Ingrid Shelton – Cusp Dining and Drinks, Andrew Reyes – Tidal at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, David Meade – Nobu San Diego, Marcus Twilegar – Parq, Indo Reyes – Posh Nosh, AG Warfield – Common Theory Public House, Marcel Childress – Rustic Root, Christine Rivera – Galaxy Taco, Spencer Hunter – Lola’s Lumpia, Lori Sauer – Blue Bridge Hospitality, Gerlyn Usi – Sweet Truck SD, Joe Pastry – Woo Bar, Jessica Scott – Puesto, Kabir Gambhir – Sonic Tonic and Dalil – Opera Cafe

Baja Chefs

Mario Cassineri – Officine Buona Forchetta,  Marco Marin – ‘Latitude 32’ at El Cielo Valle de Guadalupe, Filipe Raul – Vinedos MalagonFilipe Raul – Vinedos Malagon, Luis Moreno Gil – Andares de la Baja, Jose Plascencia – Casa Plasencia, Jose Sparza – Cien años de soledad and Alberto Cansino Gomez – Hotel Calafia,

Award-winning wines from Mexico’s beautiful Valle de Guadalupe were served including Monte XanicLomitaAdobe Guadalupe Winery andPaoloni Wines.

7:45 – 9:30pm | Seated Dinner

The program moved inside to the elegant Ballroom for a 4-course plated dinner. Dinner was followed by a brief CFF program, live auction and award presentation including honoring Roger Harrington of Specialty Produce with the Industry Leader Award.

9:30 – 11:30pm | Nightcap

San Diego’s Young Professionals hosted NightCap, the Chef Throwdown after-party. The Ballroom-turn-dance party featured desserts, craft cocktails from local mixologists, and hors d’oeuvres. The People’s Choice, CHEERS! (mixologist) and Best for Last (dessert) winners were crowned and the winner of NightCap was given a spot to compete in Chef Throwdown 2018.


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