505 Food Fights at the 2017 National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show
505 Food Fights was created by Chef David Ruiz of Pueblo Harvest Café and Stacy Wilson of Just the Best Produce. The vision was simple: bring local chefs together for a great cause. No egos, just great food and great times.
Anyone currently working in the culinary industry is welcome to apply to compete in the Food Fight. All applicants are chosen and paired randomly, entered into a 16 person tournament style bracket, and then the fun begins.
Every 21 days during the season, a Food Fight is held in a different local restaurant. We invite the public into some of the best restaurants in the city to watch local chefs battle in an exciting and crowd engaging 60-minute head to head competition. Before the Fight begins, the contestants receive a basket of three mystery ingredients, which must be used to create two dishes. At the end of the evening, three local judges use a standardized grading matrix to decide who moves on to the next round.
All proceeds from the events are donated to a different local charity, and we have been doing amazing things with the Food Fight! Season 1 launched on July 21st of 2015 and raised $14,974 over the 10 events in our inaugural season. Season 2 enjoyed similar success, raising $19,790 over 15 Fights. Season 3 is slated to begin in May of 2017 and we are expecting another amazing year. Our success is a direct result of the amazing support we receive from the public in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and many other surrounding cities; our generous restaurant partners: Pueblo Harvest Café, Zacatecas Tacos and Tequila and all of our other host restaurants; our partners in distribution: Just The Best Produce and Above Sea Level; finally, our partners in the community, Preventive Services and Restoration.
For the first time this year, we are having a Special Edition Food Fight during the 2017 National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show. All of the proceeds generated from this Special Food Fight will benefit Project Lunchbox. Project Lunchbox, in conjunction with The Albuquerque Public Schools Foundation, will assist in relieving the lunch debts of families who have fallen behind on their elementary student’s lunch payments. A big thank you to Sunbelt Shows Inc. for their generous donation of event space, the Eagle Room at Sandia Resort and Casino, which will host this Special Edition Food Fight.
Chefs Competing in the Special Edition 505 Food Fight
David Sellers, Street Food Institute
Fernando Ruiz, Santacafé
Christopher Cook, Sister
Rafael Zamora, Vintage 423
Carrie Eagle, Farm and Table
Josh Kennon, Fork and Fig