TCF

Chefs Gourmet & Bartenders Competition


Calling all Chefs, Cooks, Bakers, Grillmasters and Bartenders
Join us on
Sunday, April 3, 2022
1:30 in the afternoon until 5:00
at the Santa Ana Elks Lodge 

Amateur and professsional chefs are invited to join us at the Tustin Community Foundation's 4th annual Chefs Gourmet Competition to show off their bartending or culinary skills for a great cause!

The Tustin Community Foundation directs charitable funds to the real, immediate and ever-changing needs of greater Tustin, primarily though the awarding of annual community grants to Tustin area nonprofit organizations and schools. Your participation in the Chefs Gourmet will help generate the financial support necessary for the Foundation to award grants this November.

Anyone of any age is invited to participate in this event ... professional chefs, amateur cooks, bakers, grill masters and of course, bartenders!  To ensure that each dish is judged fairly, a method of "blind tastings" will be used by our panel of judges.

For those of you with a competitive edge, cash prizes will be awarded!  Professional and amateur chefs will be judged separately. In addition, trophies will be awarded in each culinary category.

Professional Chef               Amateur Chef               Bartender               Peoples Choice
1st Prize   $150                    1st Prize    $150             1st Prize    $150                 $150
2nd Prize  $100                    2nd Prize   $100             2nd Prize   $100
3rd Prize   $  50                    3rd Prize    $  50                                                                                                                              
Professional Chefs can use this event to advertise their business to the hundreds of guests attending the Chefs Gourmet!  Amateur Chefs will definitely get bragging rights around town, too!

Culinary Categories
  • Appetizers
  • Sides (Vegetables, Salads, Breads)
  • Entrees (Soups, Pasta Dishes, BBQ, Chili/Stew, Main Dishes) 
  • Desserts
  • Cocktails and Beverages
Instructions for Participating Chefs
  • All food should be prepared and ready to serve upon arrival at the event.
  • TCF will provide a table cloth covered 8 foot table for you to share with another chef.
  • TCF will provide a volunteer to help you serve, if desired.
  • Each dish should serve 200+ guest "tastes" - 4 oz serving cups/plates/glasses will be provided.
  • Hot foods should be kept warm (please bring an extension cord if heating is required). 
  • Please let us know if you need chafing dishes.
  • Please bring your own serving utensils (spoon, spatula, knife, etc).
  • Please inform us in advance of any special set-up needs (electrical outlet, etc).
  • You must arrive no later than 1:15 pm to receive instructions and set up pre-judging.
  • Panel judging will take place at 1:30 before guests arrive.  
  • People's Choice Judging will take place until 4:00pm.
  • You'll receive event tickets for you and a guest.
     

2019 Best Bartender Competition Winners
1st Place Bartender - Geoff Perea, Friends Cafe Friends Aloha
2nd Place Bartender - Shelleyanne Rein The Secret Lei Martini
3rd Place Bartender – Anthony Games, Rock & Brews The Monkey’s Punch

2018 Chefs Gourmet Winners
People's Choice Award - Tarkan Kardaslar Sauteed Carrots with Spicy Garlic Yogurt Sauce
Best Cocktail - Dr. Nathan Yeargin Voodoo Mai Tai
Best Appetizer - LaRyssa MacAloney  Baked Spinach & Cheese Pinwheels with a Fresh Cranberry Relish
Best Entree - Jack Rein Coq au Vin
Best Side Dish - Tarkan Kardaslar Sauteed Carrots with Spicy Garlic Yogurt Sauce
Best Dessert - Heather McLeod Double Dark Ganache Tart with Housemade Ice Cream & Salted Butterscotch
1st Place Professional Chef - Heather McLeod, Three Pug Bakery Double Dark Ganache Tart with Housemade Ice Cream & Salted Butterscotch
2nd Place Professional Chef - Trinh Hinson, Nothing Bundt Cakes White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake
3rd Place Professional Chef - Paul Ratkovich, OC Rescue Mission Cream of Wild Mushroom & King Crab Soup
1st Place Amateur Chef - Tarkan Kardaslar Sauteed Carrots with Spicy Garlic Yogurt Sauce
2nd Place Amateur Chef - Jack Rein Coq au Vin
3rd Place Amateur Chef - LaRyssa MacAloney Baked Spinach & Cheese Pinwheels with a Fresh Cranberry Relish

2017 Chefs Gourmet Winners
People's Choice Award - Chris Uribe & Lis Fortner Macaroni & Cheese
Best Appetizer - Emily Banks Stuffed Peppers
Best Entree - Mo Monahan Smoked Irish Chili
Best Side Dish - Mo Monihan Southern Style Collard Greens & Cornbread
Best Dessert - Heather McLeod Chocolate Cheesecake
1st Place Professional Chef - Heather McLeod, Three Pug Bakery Chocolate Cheesecake
2nd Place Professional Chef - Andrea Bartel, Snooze, an AM Eatery Vietnamese Coffee Cream Puffs
1st Place Amateur Chef - Mo Monahan     Smoked Irish Chili    
2nd Place Amateur Chef - Dr. Nathan Yeargin Gumbo

2016 Chefs Gourmet Winners
People's Choice Award - Jack Rein Paella a la Valenciana
Best Appetizer - Emily Banks Buffalo Bleu Cheese Wontons
Best Entree - Jack Rein Paella a la Valenciana
Best Side Dish - Suzay Cha Coleslaw with Coconut Dressing
Best Dessert - April Anderson Iced Shortbread Cookies
1st Place Professional Chef - Suzay Cha Coleslaw with Coconut Dressing
2nd Place Professional Chef - Andrea Bartel, Snooze, an AM Eatery Summer Peach Parfait
1st Place Amateur Chef - Jack Rein Paella a la Valenciana
2nd Place Amateur Chef - Busha Biviji Rice w/ Lentils and a Salad