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11th annual So-Cal Chef Open crowns a winner as over 800 attend in support of Oak Grove Center


Last updated 9/20/2018 at 5:16am

On August 27, 2018, 19 local chefs shared their culinary expertise as part of the Annual So-Cal Chef Open competition held at the new Summit Ballroom at Pechanga Resort and Casino. Over 800 guests enjoyed the vast array of cuisine as celebrity judges awarded the Pinnacle Award and attendees voted for the People’s Choice Award.

Pinnacle Award Winners

1st Place Cork | Fire Kitchen – Chef Matthew Steffen

2nd Place was a TIE between

The Naughty Pig Butchery – Chef Daniel Johnson and Avensole Winery –Chef Armando Cota 3rd Place The Chef’s Grille –

Chef Martin Corso

People’s Choice Award Winners 1st The Chef’s Grille -

Chef Martin Corso

2nd The Naughty Pig Butchery - Chef Daniel Johnson

3rd Bamboo House: Asian Bistro - Chef Dong Ho

Earlier in the day the 16th Annual Oak Grove Golf Classic brought out over 100 golfers to Journey at Pechanga for a great day on the course. The tournament included contests, prizes and raffle drawings, including a Hole in One Sponsorship by Temecula Valley Toyota who is also a Chairman’s Circle Sponsor.

“We are profoundly grateful for the support from our Sponsors, Chefs, Judges, Guests and Golfers! Due to their generosity, we have funded our Sports program for this school year and are completing our new baseball field. Thank you for helping us as we Empower Success and Transform Lives!” Tammy Wilson, CEO Oak Grove Center

Oak Grove Center, located in Murrieta, is a non-profit 24-hour residential, educational and therapeutic treatment center serving 76 children who live on campus as well as 90-100 day students who attend our non-public school. We have a second non-public school located in Perris that serves an additional 50 students. These two events provide funds to support our sports and culinary programs for the as-risk youth we serve.

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