A project of the Houston Community Preparedness Collaborative

To allow our region to focus on recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, this year’s Chef’s Challenge has been cancelled.
We extend our thoughts to everyone affected.

ready_pot_and_bagThe City of Houston invites you to the 5th Annual Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge. Celebrity chefs will compete on-site to create the best dish from non-perishable food items typically found in a disaster preparedness kit. Each chef will choose from a list of canned and shelfstable ingredients. Media judges will select and award one winner based on taste, creativity and presentation.

In addition to the cook-off, there will be emergency response equipment on display, disaster preparedness information available, and other giveaways. Come on out for a fun way to learn how to be prepared for all types of emergencies.

To learn more about how to prepare your family for emergencies, visit

For questions about the challenge, email

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2016 Video Recap 

2016 Chefs

    Eric Aldis
    Corner Table/Midtown Barbeque

    Paul Friedman
    Peli Peli

    Junnajet “Jett” Hurapan
    Songkran Thai Kitchen

    Kenten Marin

    Antoine Ware
    Harold’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace


2016 Judges

    Alice Levitt
    Houstonia Magazine

    Greg Morago
    Houston Chronicle

    Laurann Claridge
    PaperCity Magazine

2015 Chefs

    Patti Alvarez-Burdette
    Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

    Patrick Feges
    Southern Goods

    Carlos Rodriguez
    Vic & Anthony’s

    Martin Weaver

    Ja’Nel Witt
    “Hell’s Kitchen” Season 11 Winner


2015 Judges

    Rita Garcia

    Chita Johnson
    KHOU 11

    Syd Kearney
    Houston Chronicle

    Carlos Robles

    Eric Sandler
    CultureMap Houston

2014 Chefs

    David Grossman
    Fusion Taco

    Jonathan Jones
    El Big Bad

    Travis Lenig
    Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

    Kate McLean

    Kevin Naderi
    Roost / Lillo & Ella


2014 Judges

    Irene Sans

    Eric Sandler
    Culture Map Houston

    Albert Nurick
    H-Town Chow Down

    Syd Kearney
    Houston Chronicle

    Caitilin Espinosa
    Fox 26 News

    Angie Bertinot
    Downtown Houston Magazine

2013 Chefs

    Arturo Boada
    Arturo Boada Cuisine

    David Denis
    Le Mistral Restaurant

    Tarsha Gary
    Crave Gourmet Bakery & Catered Café

    Jose Montoya
    Houston Food Bank

    Ruffy Sulaiman
    Hilton Americas–Houston


2013 Judges

    Caitilin Espinosa
    Fox TV

    Felice Simmons and Shanna Jones
    Urban Swank

    Irene Sans

    Mai Pham
    Freelance Food and Travel Writer

    Syd Kearney
    Houston Chronicle