Chef Showdown 2015! New, Re-designed and Re-imagined. Join us on October 29!

Center for Community Solutions’ 11th Annual Chef Showdown is Back!

New, re-Imagined and redesigned event benefits victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault

San Diego, CA (August 5, 2015) – Center for Community Solutions (CCS) will host the 11th  Annual Chef Showdown, on Thursday, October 29 at a stunning new waterfront venue, the Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier.  The annual fundraising event takes place during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is held in October throughout the country.  This one-of-a-kind culinary event will benefit programs and services of CCS, a San Diego nonprofit that provides advocacy, legal support, healing and prevention services for survivors  of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.


New and exhilarating additions this year! Get up close and personal with 10 of San Diego’s top Chefs and Mixologists who will battle head-to-head to create over the top culinary creations with exquisitely paired cocktails. Featuring Calvin Hanis from Carnitas Snack Shack, Lota Accursio from Solare Ristorante and Lori Sauer from George’s at the Cove, two teams of five chefs and mixologists will compete using a featured ingredient and their dishes must pass and impress a panel of six industry professionals and a People’s Choice Judging Panel.


Featured judges for the competition include Chef Bernard Guillas, from The Marine Room, Isabel Cruz, Executive Chef and Owner of The Cantina Group, Candice Woo, founding Editor of Eater San Diego, Chef Amy Dibiase from Tidal and Mixologist Jeff Josenhans from the Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel. In addition, guests can bid for a spot on this brand new judge’s panel and vote for the People’s Choice Award.  Emmy Award winner Sam Zien from the famous television show Sam the Cooking Guy will host the competition.


Chef Showdown will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N Harbor Drive. Tickets to the event are $250 each, and can be purchased by calling (858) 272-5777, ext. 151, or online at


Chef Showdown is co-chaired by Deborah Higgins, President of Higgins Capital and Tamara Romeo, Founder and CEO of San Diego Office Design. Most importantly, Chef Showdown is also a fundraising event to support the much needed services for Center for Community Solutions.  Over 600 supporters including individuals, businesses, corporate sponsors, and political and community leaders will attend the culinary event to enjoy the chef competition, taste an array of delectable creations from more than 20 restaurants, sample a variety of wines, and bid on auction items.



About Center for Community Solutions

Founded in 1969, Center for Community Solutions assists more than 11,000 children, individuals, and families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse each year. CCS operates the only Rape Crisis Center in the City of San Diego along with a 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline as well as hospital and court accompaniment services for rape survivors, legal and advocacy for domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse survivors, and prevention and education outreach to youth and adults of all ages. CCS provides three 24-hour emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence and their children. Connect with CCS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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