And the winner is . . .


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 extraordinary. Chef Jason and his challenger, Chef Gloria Jordan, owner of La Trattoria Cafe Napoli in Fort Myers, had just 30-minutes on the clock to make a WOW appetizer dish using the main Mystery Basket ingredient provided by Sails Restaurant. Donations to CHEF are still being accepted until 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 26. 


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.

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Judges Announced for CHEF Showdown

Judges Announced for CHEF Showdown

This epicurean extravaganza features a Culinary CHEF Showdown between CHEF’s 2020 honoree, Chef Asif Syed of 21 Spices by Chef Asif, challenging Aielli Restaurant Group Corporate Chef, Jason Goddard, to create a delicious appetizer from mystery basket ingredients in...

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CHEF Announces Live Auction Lots

CHEF Announces Live Auction Lots

CHEF, the Culinary & Hospitality Education Foundation of Southwest Florida announced live auction lots for its annual signature scholarship fundraising event, a Culinary CHEF Showdown, on January 6, 2020, at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples. Proceeds will benefit...

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