Culinary Arts Competition

Culinary Arts Competition presented by Kitchen Window

Friday: 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Sunday: Semi-Finals 11:00 am & 1:00 pm; Finals at 3:00 pm

In front of Kitchen Window near 31st Street and Hennepin Avenue

Watch one of the Twin Cities’ most unique culinary battles as teams consisting of one chef and one artist are given three theme ingredients, one secret ingredient, and 30 minutes to create a mouthwatering dish and eye pleasing piece of art. The competition features some of the Twin Cities’ most accomplished chefs and artists and in a few short years has become a staple of the Uptown Art Fair. Local food, art and media personalities will judge each round scoring the teams on culinary merit, artistic merit, overall creativity and most unique use of the ingredients.


Friday, August 4th
2:00 PM Chris Ikeda (Lake & Irving) & Artist Melanie Kell Jourdan Morris (Mill Valley Kitchen) & Artist Susan Gainen
4:00 PM Zach Cizek (Bollitos) & Artist Bethany Madetzke Kevin Giffin (Birch’s on the Lake) & Artist Greg Lecker
6:00 PM Drew Ledo (Aster Cafe) & Artist Laura Stamper Fredy Perdomo (Lotus Uptown) & Artist Peggy Hall
Saturday, August 5th
11:00 AM Ricardo Carmona Ramos (Las Tortilla Mexican Restaurant) & Artist Mari Marks Mondanelli Adam Desanto (Stella’s Fish Café) & Artist Victoria Welch
1:00 PM DeSean Hollie & Artist Mary Rivard Matt Lepisto (Town Hall Brewery) & Artist Amanda Vallone
3:00 PM Joshua Hedquist (Copper Hen) & Artist Rhea O’Shion Emily Baugus (Pimento Kitchen) & Artist Danica Bleess

Talented chefs present a meal that delights the senses not only through the stomach, but through the eyes as well when they create a plate that satisfies before you take the first bite. We invite you to try your hand at plating design between rounds of the Culinary Arts Competition.  Audience members can submit their names to participate in this fun plating contest where they will be given several ingredients and 20 minutes to create the most creative presentation. Special prizes will be awarded to the winners. Stop by and show us your culinary skills!