MARCH 22, 2021

The 2021 Culinary CHEF Showdown and auction will air online on March 22, 2021, and feature a “friendly cooking competition” between Chefs Jason Goddard and Gloria Jordan, with Showdown host Chef Brian Roland of Crave Culinaire and Crave Companies. Both Chefs will have 30 minutes to create and present a “WOW” appetizer dish using mystery basket ingredients curated by award-winning Sails Restaurant of Naples and pantry items provided by Luminary Hotel & Co. of Fort Myers.


Welcome to CHEF!

Since the scholarship fundraising organization’s inception in 2001, CHEF has been so successful that it has awarded over $350,000 to more than 220 Collier and Lee County students.

CHEF initially began in 2001 as a loosely organized group with a mission similar to CHEF’s mission today, becoming, in 2004, The Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation of Southwest Florida, a 501(c)(3) organization. Its early fundraisers were so successful, beginning with Culinary Odyssey 2001, that the organization began awarding scholarships immediately. read more


Our Mission is to serve the culinary and hospitality arts professions by providing scholarships, awards, financial incentives and skills development opportunities to deserving individuals in Southwest Florida who are committed to furthering their education and enhancing their careers.

Don’t Miss The 2021 Virtual Chef Showdown

Watch below for highlights of this year’s hottest showdown premiering on March 22 to raise funds to help Lee and Collier County students pursue their degrees and careers in the culinary arts and hospitality industries. Click here or on the buttons below to reserve your virtual “seat” in the kitchen!

Thank You to Our Virtual Chef Showdown Sponsors