ELS Virtual Cooking Challenge Presented by ConnectiCare

Jan.01, 2020

Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) is thrilled to announce the return of the Virtual Cooking Challenge, presented by ConnectiCare. Celebrity Chef Xavier Santiago is back and better than ever bringing new opportunities, twists, and challenges for contestants and cooking enthusiasts alike.
During the Battle Round the finalists and their sous chefs were given one hour to prep, create, plate, and present their dishes to the judges. The pressure was tangible, but each contestant stepped up to the challenge with impressive enthusiasm and vision.

What were the plot twists? How did finalists and judges respond? Who is this year’s cooking challenge champion?

Find out at the Culmination Event on April 26, 6:00-7:00 p.m. when we recap the journey, announce the winner, and hear from our judges and contestants.

The Virtual Cooking Challenge will help address barriers that contribute to local hunger and access to food by raising money and awareness and sharing healthy affordable recipes.


Culmination Event Highlights

Announcing Joshua as this year’s cooking Virtual Cooking Challenge champ turned out to be the first of several surprises.
  • Chef Tori invited the three finalists on her TV show, “Shrimp and Jazz”!
  • Chef Eve offered to cook for all three finalists! 
  • Chef Xavier and Carbone’s made a  $500 donation placing us  just $500 away from our goal of $10,000!   
A special thank you to our presenting sponsor, ConnectiCare, our host, Chef Xavier Santiago, and Carbone’s Prime. Thank you also to our participants, judges, volunteers, drawing donors, friends, and family who have donated, encouraged, spread the word, and more! And special appreciation to Stephanie Berman, ELS MarComm Chair, the creative genius behind our messaging and social media. Together, we #DoSomethingBIG