Chef Showdown

Chef Showdown 2024 – Thursday, April 18


Chef Showdown is an electrifying annual culinary experience! Step into the ring where local chefs collide as two esteemed restaurants go head-to-head in a thrilling battle to craft delectable three-course masterpieces, all under the discerning gaze of a distinguished panel of judges.

But that’s not all – each culinary maestro is joined by two renowned “celebrity sous chefs,” adding star power to an already stellar lineup.

Utilizing the freshest ingredients sourced primarily from our very own market, the stage is set within the heart of our warehouse, expertly transformed into a competition kitchen.

Prepare to be dazzled by these talented head chefs from CityGate Grille and Santo Cielo.  

The competing chefs will be assisted by celebrity sous chefs and Loaves & Fishes supporters, Alex Pope of Rush Copley Medical Center; Liz Spencer of NCTV17; Cathy Subber of The Branch and Advanced Health of Naperville; and Colin Dalough of Endeavor Health.  Dishes will be voted upon by a panel of judges, including Alderman Edward Bugg from the City of Aurora; Chef Cynthia Hyett, owner of Busy Butternut; Mike Sitrick, President & CEO of DuPage Foundation; and Dr. Anita Thomas, President of North Central College. The evening will be emceed by Loaves & Fishes Board member Nicki Anderson.

More than just a culinary showdown, this event serves a noble purpose as we raise funds for struggling families in our community.  This popular event draws over 200 guests eager to witness this unique and friendly competition; make sure to secure your tickets early.   

And fear not, dear guests, for your palate will be treated to delicious delights of your own from My Chef Catering, ensuring an unforgettable experience from start to finish. 



In Partnership with 

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Saucier Chef Sponsors

Kitchen Chef Sponsors


Advanced Data Technologies

Encova Insurance

Edward Jones – Chris & Kaylee Phalon

M2R Consulting LLC

Tim & Joellyn Ball

Dr. Colby & Vickie Martin

Alderman Edward J. Bugg Ward 9

Alderman Ted Mesiacos Ward 3

Russ & Laura Karlins


2023 Photo Gallery 

Photo Credit: Time Stops Photography and friends and supporters of Loaves & Fishes