Battle of the Chefs

Thank you for joining us at Battle of the Chefs 2019!

​​The Battle of the Chefs is an opportunity to support Project PAVE in a casual, fun, and unique way! Money raised supports Project PAVE’s work to end relationship violence in our community. Through True Man, challenging boys and men to become allies in the prevention of gender-based violence through a team framework, PATH to Healthy Relationships classes and Early Intervention therapy & advocacy services. 

The fourth annual Battle of the Chefs event featured local chefs from Denver and PAVE Youth Ambassadors. Together, they competed to win the the “Golden Ladle” trophy by preparing a dish for guests to taste and judge based on taste, presentation and creativity. 

Thank you to our Host: Chris Parente

Chris is a seven-time Emmy Award winning reporter, anchor and entertainment host. You can watch him weekdays from 4:30-9:00 a.m. co-anchoring “Daybreak” on Channel 2.


Chris has been in the T.V. business for more than 24 years. He has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, actors and politicians, and his live work has been featured nationally on CNN, FOX and MSNBC.


Full bio found on Channel 2 website: https://kdvr.com/author/chris-parente

And a Huge Thank You to Our Chefs

David Bondarchuck

WINNER OF THE 2019 GOLDEN LADLE! CONGRATULATIONS DAVID!!!

Founder of Scratch Catering

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). 

Garret Meyer

Executive Chef at Sartos

In Fall 2017, Garret Meyer became the Executive Chef at Sarto’s. He previously worked 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 has 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.   

​​Edgar Lechuga-Diaz

Executive Chef at Elway’s Cherry Creek

​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.  

​​Preston Yoke

Owner and Chef at Mile High Cajun

​ Preston is the son of Richard Yoke, who opened the first The Egg and I Denver franchise in 1998. His passion for food and cooking eventually led him to work as a culinary apprentice at the renowned Broadmoor Hotel and Resort in Colorado Springs, CO. Preston’s time at the Broadmoor is where his passion for the culinary arts truly took over. After graduating the ACF apprenticeship Preston went on to work at top restaurants in Denver, including Cholon and Old Major. He has recently opened a new food truck in Denver- Mile High Cajun, serving “Cajun soul food with a Colorado kick”.  

​​Cameron, Nate and Patrick

Owners of True West Tacos

Based on a recipe from a family that’s been in Colorado for generations, True West Tacos serves top-notch “Colorado-style tacos” and other fresh, made-to-order creations from their mobile taco cart.