Local chefs go head to head to be named Top Chef!

Competition will drive the festival with the 2020 Standard TV & Appliance Top Chef Competition, presented by Safeway/Albertsons. Just like the popular Food Network series, the Top Chef competition presents unique challenges, special and secret ingredients and an opportunity for local chefs to flex their creative muscles.

The “Kitchen Stadium” comes alive with delicious tastes and smells of Central Oregon’s most talented chefs. Two full sized kitchens will be set up for the Top Chef Competition right in the middle of downtown. The kitchens will hold a full pantry that each team has access to for their ingredients. Eight local chefs will compete to prove their culinary expertise utilizing a “secret ingredient” in a 45-minute cook-off, with their entrees (paired with an appetizer or dessert) judged by a panel of local foodies.

Winners of each round will advance to the next stage, leading up to the final championship round to determine who will be the 2020 Bite of Bend Top Chef!

Top Chef Schedule

Saturday, June 13

4 elimination rounds

Sunday, June 14

2 elimination rounds

With presentations from industry professionals in between! Keep a look out for swag!


Congratulations to Juan Infante and his sous chef Shawn McCoy on winning the 2019 Top Chef Bend title!

The 2019 competition was a spirited and exciting event, with chefs from throughout Central Oregon putting forth their best culinary creations for consideration. Team Worthy Taps & Tacos took the coveted title after crafting two delectable dishes with the secret ingredient—python. Second place went to Josh Podwils, owner/exec. chef of Loyaute, a french pop-up restaurant in Bend, Oregon.