The first edition of Tijuana Innovadora’s “Batalla Culinaria” was held two years ago. This year, the competition builds and presents battles in three categories: men, women, and pastry. Notable chefs from both the San Diego and Baja California region will compete in each category, while representing the event’s slogan, “Food Has No Borders.”
This year’s hosts of the Culinary Battle include chefs Javier Plascencia, Miguel Angel Guerrero, and Chad White. A well-known judging panel of influential chefs and food writers ranging from Valle de Guadalupe to Los Angeles, will come together under one roof to select the winning dishes.
Who will reign supreme?
Chefs in the battles are:
Drew Deckman of Deckman’s en El Mogor, Valle de Guadalupe, George Morris of Beaumont’s, La Jolla; Martin San Roman of La Terrasse, Valle de Guadalupe; Jason McLoud of Ironside Fish & Oyster, San Diego; Rodolfo Luviano of Ta’costeño, Tijuana; Ryan Steyn of Jardin Adobe, Valle de Guadalupe; Antonio Santoyo of Elementos Restaurante, Tijuana; and Iker Castillo of La Justina, Tijuana
Adria Montaño of Dandelion, Tijuana; Amy DiBiase of Tidal, San Diego; Christine Rivera of George’s at The Cove, San Diego; Karla Navarro of The Kitchen, Tijuana; Mariela Magoni of La Palette, San Diego; Sara Polczynski of The Blind Burro, San Diego; Giannina Galvadon of Olivia, Valle de Guadalupe; and Nancy León of Chan’s Bistro Tijuana
Bianca Castro of Biscotti’s, Mexicali; Elsa Fernanda Flores of Dolce Salato, Tijuana; Hermilia Corbala of Mily Sweets, Tijuana; Jordana Salas of Oh Bon Bon, Tijuana; Margu Plascencia of L’Artisan, Tijuana; Maribel Villareal of L’Apricot, Tijuana; Rachel King of Nine-Ten, La Jolla; and Donna Antaloczy of Ironside & Fish Oyster, San Diego