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Grand Chef Throwdown

September 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

You are invited to be a part of an unforgettable evening of epicurean splendor showcasing the talents of over 30 of the best chefs from San Diego and Baja at the annual Grand Chef Throwdown. The progressive event will bring together local fashionable foodies awarding a People’s Choice Award and a Culinary Council of celebrity top chefs and food critics, awarding the Chef Flor Franco Awards for Culinary Excellence. Guests will enjoy chef tastings, both savory and sweet creations, sample craft cocktails and sips from wineries on both sides of the border followed by a three-course gourmet dinner prepared by The Del’s Executive Chef, Stefan Peroutka in the oceanfront Ballroom. All proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Bertrand Hug, Owner, Mille Fleurs & Mr. A’s | Deborah Scott, Executive Chef/Partner, Cohn Restaurant Group | David Spatafore, Principal, Blue Bridge Hospitality | Sam The Cooking Guy, TV Host & Author | Scotty Wagner, Chef & Food Writer | Francisco Magoya, Modernist Cuisine | Brian Malarkey, Celebrity Chef & Restauranteur | Trey Foshee, George’s at the Cove | Josh Kopelman, Dining Out Magazine | Tommy Gomes, Fishmonger | Harold Rapoza Jr., General Manager, Hotel del Coronado


Adrian Mendoza, Herb & Wood | Elizabeth Olson, Ironside | Joe Pastry, Waters Catering | Danilo B.Tangalin Jr., Gaya Gaya | Tommy Fraioli, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. | Stephane Voitzwinkler, Mr. A’s | Clyde Van Arsdale, Zodiac Neiman Marcus | Alberto Cansino, Emiliana | Phil Esteban, Craft & Commerce | Dan Nattrass, Fish Bone | Ruffo Ibarra, Oryx Capital | Aaron Obregon, Marriott Coronado | Arnulfo Sandoval, Torre Lucerna Hotel | Mike Reidy, Ironside | Aly Lyng, George’s at the Cove | A. Dwayne Gale, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood | Andrew Kedziora, Stake Chophouse | Jojo Ruiz, Serea | Grant Carnes, Sheerwater | Vanessa Castillo, Mia Sorella Chimney Cakes | Yazmine Escalante, Hotel del Coronado | Alex Emery, La Valencia Hotel | Jorge Gonzalez, Buona Forchetta | Mike Raskin, Carne y Vino | Lauren Lawless, Flawless Cuisine


5:30 pm | VIP Reception

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Grand Chef Throwdown | Guests will gather on The Del’s oceanfront Windsor Lawn, tasting appetizers from the competing local chefs. Mingle with the Culinary Council as they tally their favorites while you participate in a silent auction.

7:45 pm- 9:30 pm | Grand Chef Dinner | A three-course dinner prepared by Hotel del Coronado’s Maître Cuisinier, Patrick Ponsaty and Executive Chef, Stefan Peroutka in the oceanfront Ballroom and a program, live auction and the culinary awards presentation.

8:30 pm | Live Program | The evening will include a live auction, bid for a cure and presentation of the Chef Throwdown awards.

9:30 – 11:30 pm | NightCAP | San Diego’s Tomorrow’s Leaders young professional group hosts NightCAP, the evening’s after-party. The ballroom transforms into a dance party and will feature San Diego’s pastry chefs, cocktails and late night desserts with music by DJ Hevrock.


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CHEF THROWDOWN: $250 ($142 tax deductible)

Chef Throwdown & Tasting hosted cocktails on the Windsor Lawn, three-course gourmet chef dinner with wine service in the Oceanside ballroom, dessert tasting, craft cocktails and dancing with The Del’s house DJ (NightCAP after party).

VIP TICKETS: $350 ($197 tax deductible)

Chef Throwdown & Tasting hosted cocktails on the Windsor Lawn, three-course gourmet chef dinner, premier seating, champagne or upgraded wine service with dinner, complimentary valet parking, dessert tasting, craft cocktails and dancing with The Del’s house DJ (NightCAP after party).

TABLE OF 10: $2,500 ($1,470 tax deductible)

VIP TABLE OF 10: $3,500 ($2,195 tax deductible)

NIGHT CAP TICKETS: $50 ($30 tax deductible)

Dessert tasting, craft cocktails, dancing (9:00 pm entry).