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Center Stage LA Chef Con

We’re looking for cooks and chefs from across the United States to participate in our Center Stage LA program. Through a series of rounds we will learn about you as we look to find two winners to be sent on an all expense paid trip to the LA Chef Conference in Los Angeles on Monday Oct 17, 2022. You will attend the conference as a VIP and have the opportunity to shine with your own station to put forth a dish for all attendees.*

Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn and commune with some of the best chefs in the country and get global recognition via Chef’s Roll’s 1.5 million social media following. In addition you will get knitted out with the latest Chef’s Roll Apparel and gear and get featured on our website and social media channels. 

Hear about the experiences from our most recent Center Stage winners that attended the MAPP Conference in Ft. Lauderdale:

“The experience of winning Center Stage is a true blessing.  It gave me confidence in my cooking and got me to focus on THIS moment more than ever. I put aside unnecessary insecurities and am concentrating on the food we’re putting out, the team we’re building, and am driving myself to learn more and get better each day than the day before.   I am ambitious as I was the first day I started working on the line. I wish all the contestants best of luck!

-Soojin Lim, Executive Sous Chef, Alexander’s Steakhouse
Center Stage 2022 MAPP Conference winner

“The opportunity to participate in Chef’s Roll Center Stage opened so many doors for me in the hospitality world. From Michelin-starred chefs to founders of culinary organizations like the ACF, MAPP & The James Beard Foundation. Being exposed to the diversity of people during the event was an absolute privilege and would benefit any chef in the industry.”

-Sarah Betcher, Pastry Chef, The Historic Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club
Center Stage 2022 MAPP Conference winner


Whether you are a gifted culinary student, advancing line cook that dreams of Michelin stars, seasoned chef de cuisine or even a chef owner that is looking to build an empire…we want you to apply.

ROUND 1: Aug 1-21st

Step 1: Fill out the registration form below so we can learn more about you.

Step 2: Create a cold dish that represents your culinary journey to this point in time. Post a photo of the dish to a public Instagram or email it to with the description and the story behind it. If posting to Instagram be sure to tag @chefsroll and use #CRcenterstage2022LA

ROUND 2: Aug 22-Sept 4

We will pick a selection of candidates to advance to Round 2 where you will be asked to create another dish for submission. Note that further guidance will be sent to the candidates chosen.

ROUND 3: Sept 7-14

4 finalists will be chosen to participate in Zoom interviews with the team from Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions, a leading hospitality recruitment and placement firm for culinary professionals. Based on the interviews, two winners will be chosen for the all expense paid trip to the LA Chef Conference and prize packages.

*The two winners will each concept a dish based on given requirements. Our in house culinary team will do all the mise en place for the dishes before LA Chef Con so the winners can just plate and serve their dishes to the attendees during the lunch, giving them time to attend and enjoy the rest of the conference.


About LA Chef Conference

The LA Chef Conference celebrates the strength and diversity of LA’s restaurant community. Some of the top chefs and restaurateurs in the city participate in the panels and talks, cooking demos, and the chef driven pop up lunch – of course the after party is not to be missed! Come hungry for education, inspiration and delicious bites.