505 Food Fights


505 Food Fights at the 2018 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.

For the second time, we are having a Special Edition Food Fight during the 2018 National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show. All of the proceeds generated from this Special Food Fight will benefit New Mexico Kids Matter. 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

Nathan Mayes of Paloma (Santa Fe)
Mike White of The Point Grill (Rio Rancho)
Sean Staggs of Bien Shur @ Sandia Casino
Daniel John of Torinos’ at Home Italian Trattoria (ABQ)
Tristin Rogers of The Crown Room at the ABQ Downs Racetrack and Casino
Daniel Garcia of Compo at Los Poblanos

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