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Chef Jason Goddard Wins the Golden Whisk

Chef Jason Goddard Wins the Golden Whisk

With just four points out of 300 available separating the "chef-testants," Chef Jason Goddard, Corporate Executive Chef of the Aielli Restaurant Group in Naples, won the 2021 CHEF Showdown Golden Whisk on March 22, 2021. The culinary duel of the Counties was...

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MILESTONES

2020

The 2020 event honored 21 Spices by Chef Asif owner, Chef Asif Syed, challenged by Aielli Restaurant Group’s Corporate Executive Chef Jason Goddard. The two competed in a culinary duel CHEF Showdown to create the most delicious appetizer dish in :30 using mystery basket ingredients, judged by four culinary and hospitality industry experts at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples. Three past CHEF scholarship recipients spoke at the event about how much the scholarships helped them advance their education and careers in culinary arts and hospitality. A lively silent and live auction, ticket sales to the Gourmet Wine Dinner, along with sponsorships and donations, raised the most amount so far for CHEF since its inception, $120,000.

 2019

CHEF Honored Country Club Chefs event recognized ACF Naples Chapter past-president and CHEF Board member, Executive Chef Ralph Feraco of Kensington Golf and Country Club, where the event was held in Naples. The event featured some of Southwest Florida’s most accomplished private club chefs and their best bites, paired with wines from The Naples Wine Collection.

 2018

Honored Crave Culinaire Catering owner and CHEF Board member, Chef Brian Roland, held at the Trianon Hotel, Bonita Springs.

2017

Showcased the talents of local culinary students by partnering with “Stay in May” in support of special themed events held annually at Venue Naples in partnership with the Collier County Public Schools and F.G.C.U.

2016

Provided funding for Lorenzo Walker’s culinary teams to go to State competition. Their student who won first place in culinary subsequently went on to the national competition in Kentucky.

2015

Provided funding for culinary teams from Estero High School and Lorenzo Walker Vocational Technical School to participate in the Florida State High School Culinary Competition in Orlando.

2007

Organized and worked together collaboratively on an Area Celebration of Culinary and Hospitality Arts Excellence with the Caxambas Chapter of the American Culinary Federation.

2007

Established agreements with the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, and Florida Gulf Coast University authorizing them to receive, manage and administer contributions from us and award scholarships on our behalf.

2004

Provided china, flatware and glassware for the Culinary Arts Programs at the two new Collier County High Schools, Golden Gate High School and Palmetto Ridge High School. Also contributed cookbooks to these two schools.