Participating restaurant companies include: BJ’s Restaurants (Huntington Beach), Daily Grill (Los Angeles),Lawry’s Restaurants (Pasadena), Roy’s Restaurants (Newport Beach), Ruth’s Chris Steak House(Irvine), Yard House Restaurants (Irvine), Chili’s (Escondido), Sizzler (Mission Viejo), Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes (San Diego) and Crossroads West (Los Angeles).
“We are so proud to bring this event back in bigger and better ways,” CRAEF Executive Director Alycia Harshfield said. “It’s phenomenal to have the support of such high-profile restaurant companies and vendors, who have seen firsthand the good things that can come from supporting the future of the industry through CRAEF.”
The teams, comprised of the top company executive, corporate chef and a local high school ProStart student or recent grad, will have 45 minutes and two butane burners to create an amuse buche and an entrée. Teams also will score extra points for creative usage of Coca-Cola in their recipes, in a nod to the event’s presenting sponsor, as well as secret ingredients supplied by ProAct, which will be revealed before the competition begins.
Participating students hail from Santee Education Complex, and Westchester, Newport Harbor, Vista and Ocean View high schools in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.
Chef K, season one winner of ABC’s The Taste, will sit on the judging panel, and the event will be emceed by Merrill “Mr. Eats” Shindler.
Teams will vie for trophies on behalf of Coca-Cola, Ecolab and ProAct, as well as the top Purse award for raising the most money for CRAEF an online campaign, wherein restaurant fans can make a donations in the name of their favorite participating restaurant. Donations can still be made at www.calrest.org/clashvote.