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Fri Oct 20 2017 6:00PM
Entrance LUMMUS PARK 12th & Ocean Drive
Miami Beach


Price Type Purchase
$100 Chef Showdown Admission (Early Release) Buy Your Ticket
$150 Chef Showdown Admission Buy Your Ticket
$250 Sobe Seafood WEEKEND PASS Buy Your Ticket
$800 Sobe Seafood - WEEKEND PASS for (2) with 2 Night Stay Buy Your Ticket


Summon Your Tastebuds. 



Friday, October 20: CHEF SHOWDOWN, brought to you by CAMBRIA, and presented by GOYA, Herradura, and Celebrity Cruises.

The Chef Showdown assembles Miami’s top executive chefs for an evening of competitive cook-offs where YOU are the judge. In a perfect combination of competition level cuisine, tropically fresh cocktails, and live entertainment, the Chef Showdown tours guests through the best of Miami’s culinary scene, featuring 14 of Miami’s most progressive and recognized Executive Chefs. This is a canNOT miss experience for all.

Hosted inside the VIP Hospitality Village and the Sobe Seafood Fest’s GOYA Culinary Pavilion, 16 chefs will be paired head to head creating seven different seafood battle showdowns. Chefs from each battle will take the stage throughout the night in the showcase kitchen, where representatives from the culinary and media world will judge the best in each showdown.

The deciding factor are THE GUESTS! Guests will visit each restaurant sampling station in the battle tents around the hospitality village and with their tokens in hand, sample the dishes demonstrated on the main stage, and vote to ultimately decide the newest CHAMPIONS of the CHEF SHOWDOWN.

The reigning champions coming to defend their titles are Chef Andre & Tyler Bienvenue of Joe’s Stone Crab in Battle Lobster, Sean Brasel of Meat Market in Battle Surf ‘N Turf, Mondrian South Beach in Battle Shrimp, Toro Toro in Battle Tuna, and Chef Bernie Matz of Bodega South Beach in Battle Taco and Chef Demetrios Pyliotis of Poseidon in Battle Fish. This year's newest Battle Sushi will introduce two new challengers and Battle Oyster Pit!

MAIN EVENT | Battle Crab
Chef Andre Bievenu, Joe's Stone Crab vs. Chef Peter Vauthy, RED
Battle Surf N' Turf
Champion Chef Sean Brasel, Meat Market vs. Chef Chad Wyrosdick, Papa's Raw Bar
Battle Taco
Champion Chef Bernie Matz, Bodega vs. Chef Santiago Gomez, Tacology
Battle Tuna
Champion Jean Delgado, Toro Toro vs. Chef Jim Pastor, Rusty Pelican
Battle Shrimp
Champion Carlos Pimentel, Mondrian SoBe vs. Chef Nicolas Cabrera, Lure Fishbar
Battle Fish
Champion Demetrios Pylitios, Poseidon vs. Chef Massimo Giannattasio, CIBO Wine Bar
All New Battle Sushi
Chef Kiichi Okabe, Lure Fishbar vs. Chef Masatomo Hamaya, Dragonfly
All New Oyster Pit Battle
Chef James Versfelt, Shelborne vs. Chef Jordan Marano, Ella's Oyster Bar

And the fun doesn’t stop there. This year’s event will include an the Herradura Bartender Showdown featuring the top bartenders in South Florida battling it out in the Casa Herradura experience. Reigning champion Courtney Lane of Employees Only will be judging along with some of our media partners. Participating bartenders are:

Kabir Akbani

Menage A3, Cocktail: “Bait and Tackle”


Aurelio Gabriel Benavides  

Beaker and Gray, Cocktail: “La Resaca”


Juliette Saputo

Gramps, Cocktail: “Ocean Potion” 


Ilan chartor 

KYU Miami , Cocktail: "The oceans potion"


Adam Beech
Toro Toro , Cocktail: "The Fish Whistle"


Barbara Peña 

The Local, Cocktail: "It was a stormy night"


Mantzaridis Nikos 

Plomo , Cocktail: “Perdido el Tesoro”


Tamara Orendain

Faena , Cocktail: "Saucy Mermaid"


James Macinnes 

KYU , Cocktail: Clear Blue Skies


The Chef Showdown delivers a unique culinary and entertainment experience within the most beautiful beachfront evening atmosphere on the sands of South Beach. 

Event is from 7-11PM (on the sand) and the entrance is at 12th & Ocean in Lummus Park, Miami Beach.


Tickets to CHEF SHOWDOWN are $150 & INCLUDE:

  •        Portions of the competition dishes available at each of the 16 restaurant battle stations to enjoy and cast your vote on your winners in each battle
  •        Full Bars are included all night long with a variety of cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks and placed around the village and pavilion
  •        Samplings from GOYA and Celebrity Cruises
  •        Access to the full SEAFOOD WORLD RAW BAR open all night for your enjoyment
  •       A one of a kind sensory garden experience, inspired by Kendall Jackson, La Crema, and Cambria, where they will be transplanting their Sonoma garden tour onto the sands.You will literally be walked through a private experience, sampling potted fruits and tasting the wines that are made from these fresh fruits
  •        Samplings from Herradura's Bartender Competition and access to the Casa Herradura Experience
  •        Access to Celebrity Cruise private entertainment throughout the evening
  •        Access to the showcase kitchen stage to experience all Showdown Demos
  •        Access to party the night away with the Showdown featured DJ in the GOYA Culinary Pavilion


Congratulations to the 2016 Showdown Winners who will defend their crown on Friday, October 20th, 2017!

Showdown pairings have been announced on social media @sobeseafoodfest 

       Purchaser Terms & Conditions 

Wantickets is the exclusive authorized ticket outlet for this event. All sales are final, no returns or exchanges. Lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced. Lineup and event details subject to change. Tickets are not redeemable for cash. Event is open to all ages.  Must be over the age of 21 and present a valid government ID at entrance in order to drink. Purchaser agrees to indemnify and hold harmless CI Management, Inc. & the South Beach Seafood Festival from any claims or injuries.  Venue reserves the right to deny entry to highly intoxicated ticket holders. Event is rain or shine. Backpacks of all sizes are subject to be checked by security upon arrival.  



Price Type Purchase
$100 Chef Showdown Admission (Early Release) Buy Your Ticket
$150 Chef Showdown Admission Buy Your Ticket
$250 Sobe Seafood WEEKEND PASS Buy Your Ticket
$800 Sobe Seafood - WEEKEND PASS for (2) with 2 Night Stay Buy Your Ticket

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