Paella Cook-Off

One month before September’s Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet, local chefs and culinary crusaders will flex their competitive muscle for this Paella smackdown. Chicago Gourmet has partnered with award-winning, celebrity Chef Jose Garces of Mercat a la Planxa to present the third annual cook-off. The Most Valuable Paella (MVP) will be determined by an esteemed panel of judges, while attendees will be able to cast their vote for “The People’s Paella” winner.


The contending chefs competing to create a champion pan of paella includes:

A portion of proceeds will benefit the Illinois Restaurant Educational Foundation (IRAEF), a non-profit organization (501 c3) dedicated to building the future of Illinois' hospitality workforce.

Date:  Thursday, August 25, 2016 


Time: 6:00-9:00pm 

Location: Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605

General Admission Tickets: $45 per person, includes Mercat a la Planxa hors d' oeuvres, paella samplings from the featured chefs along with Sangria, Spanish-inspired cocktails and beers from Spain.


VIP Tickets: $65 per person, an exclusive VIP party, from 5 to 6 pm, which includes an hour long cocktail reception and meet and greet with Chef Garces before the Cook Off kicks off.


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Participating Chefs: 


Ashlee Aubin


Angelina Bastidas

The Gwen

Ricardo Jarquin


Cardel Reid

The Signature Room

Joanna Stachon

Ada Street



2016 Sponsors:

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