2018 Chefs, Judges, and Emcee

Local chefs making an impact on Nashville’s culinary scene are going head-to-head at Music City Chef Throwdown to benefit Martha O’Bryan Center. NextUP - Martha O’Bryan Center Ambassadors is challenging Nashville chefs to showcase how an amazing meal can be made with the simplest of ingredients.

We are currently looking for chefs for our 2018 event. If that sounds like you, please contact us for more information!

Download the Chef Information Packet here.

2018 Music City Chef Throwdown Chefs

Our current chefs are below. We will be updating as more join us!

Chef Crystal De Luna-Bogan | The Grilled Cheeserie

Born and raised in LA, Crystal De Luna-Bogan began her love of cooking at a young age. She enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu, Pasadena at 17 and she’s been hustling in professional kitchens ever since. Her passion for using seasonal ingredients blossomed during her extensive culinary journey in Southern California. She relocated to Nashville in 2009 with Joseph, her husband. They missed LA’s growing food truck movement so they brought The Grilled Cheeserie to a non-existent Nashville food truck scene in 2010. They have been voted Best Food Truck by the Nashville Scene and The Tennessean for six years running and opened their first brick and mortar Melt Shop this January in Hillsboro Village. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chef Kyle Patterson | Sinema

A native of Chicago, Chef Kyle Patterson relocated to Nashville to join the Sinema team as Sous Chef in advance of its June 2014 opening.  He worked alongside executive chef Dale Levitski since 2012, including the opening of Levitski’s Frog n Snail.  Kyle was promoted to Executive Chef in 2016, and the daily menu at Sinema reflects his creativity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chef Manny Santana - Saint Añjeo 
An MTSU Alum with a degree in Nutrition and Food Science, Chef Manny has been in the food industry for over 10 years. He was introduced via his parents who owned a restaurant, so he decided to stick with the family business. His education and experiences brought diversity to his kitchen. With a combined Mexican, Spanish and French heritage, he is well-versed in many forms of culinary art from BBQ to Italian to Fine Dining. He has managed, supervised and held an Executive Chef title in four restaurants, all by the age of 26.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Emcee

 

 

Jason Fitz

Co-host of Braden & Fitz, the morning drive time show on ESPN 102.5 The Game that can be heard weekdays from 6-10 AM in Nashville. Starting February 12th, you can check him out on nationally syndicated ESPN Radio as well, co-hosting with Jordan Rogers every Sunday night from 10 to midnight eastern time. You can see Jason on ESPNU during college football season, where he hosts College Football Daily and you can also hear him on radio sitting in regularly on SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio and across the ESPN Radio platform sitting in on several shows. 

 

 

2018 Judges

Chris Chamberlain, head judge

Chris Chamberlain is a food, drink and travel writer based out of Nashville, where he has lived his entire life except four years in California where he studied liberal arts at Stanford University and learned how to manipulate chopsticks. He is a regular contributor to the Nashville Scene, Nashville Lifestyles, Local Palate, Edible, FoodRepublic.com, and Conde Nast Traveler.