The Battle of the Chefs event is an opportunity to support Project PAVE in a casual, fun, and unique way! Money raised will support Project PAVE’s work to end relationship violence in our community through the True Man program, which is designed to challenge boys and men to become allies in the prevention of gender-based violence through a team framework.
The third annual Battle of the Chefs - hosted once-again by Chris Parente, Fox 31 - will feature local chefs paired with participants of PAVE’s True Man Program, a partnership with the Denver Broncos providing middle and high school aged football players education on healthy relationships and masculinity. Together, they will create a dish to enter in the competition, vying for the “Golden Ladle” trophy. A panel of judges will be on site to rate each dish based on taste, presentation, and creativity; guests will also be able to taste test at the September 27 event and participate in the crowd favorite vote.
Chef Edgar Lechuga
Edgar has been with Elway’s in Cherry Creek since it opened 14 years ago. He was recently promoted to Executive Chef after spending years in many different areas of the restaurant, most recently Executive Sous Chef.
Chef Nic Lebas
Born and educated in France. Worked in kitchens from Texas to France to Florida. This native of Normandy has finally settled down in the Mile High City. Culinary school in France led Nic to the kitchen at a Relais et Chateau hotel near Marseilles. He moved to the United States and moved up in the Texas culinary scene culminating in a position at La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio where he ran the banquet department and was promoted to Executive Sous Chef. He jumped across the Gulf of Mexico to The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Orlando, Florida as Executive Chef at its Bull and Bear restaurant. From there it was a short hop across the state to St. Petersburg Beach where Nic took over the kitchen at Kimpton’s Hotel Zamora as Executive Chef.
Inspired by a variety of culinary icons and his Italian grandmother, Nic lists Alain Ducasse, Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud as influences and describes his cooking as balanced, colorful, flavorful, light, unique and inspiring. His early years were spent at his grandmother’s side in France as they made dinners together based on her Italian heritage.
It’s no surprise that this French native chooses seafood, dry aged meats, charcuterie, fennel, chocolate and olives as his favorite ingredients in the kitchen where he prefers Edith Piaf blasting in the background.
Team Scratch Catering:
Chef David Bondarchuck
David’s love for cooking, baking, decorating, entertaining, crafting, and design has made him Denver’s premiere “From Scratch” caterer and lifestyle expert. His dedication and continuous pursuit of perfection has earned him two opportunities to Volunteer as a White House Holiday Decorator (2011 and 2012), and has earned him notoriety on The Martha Stewart Show, HGTV, and Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship (2014).
David Bondarchuck is Denver’s Lifestyle Expert and currently a correspondent with the FOX network Denver affiliate FOX31 Denver KDVR appearing weekly on the FOX31 Everyday Show and the CW Denver’s Channel 2 Daybreak . Previously David has also been a weekly personality featured on the local NBC affiliate 9news (since 2011), featuring recipes, tips on entertaining, crafts, and decorating ideas. Chef David’s all New TV show “From Scratch”, and first cookbook of the same name is released this October on Denver’s Channel 2, and wherever books, and media are sold.
Chef Garrett Meyer
In Fall 2017, Garret Meyer stepped up as executive chef of Sarto's, after previously working at the restaurant, as well as in the Denver kitchens of Old Major and Mizuna. Meyer has cooked for a fishing lodge in Alaska, and he helped open a fine dining barbecue restaurant in Singapore. At Sarto’s he is bringing back the restaurant’s casual cicchetti bar, serving daily changing small bites and Italian cocktails from 5 to 8 p.m.