Top Chef 2017

The first ever Top Chef Masters Challenge

Come join in the excitement of watching four of Fort Worth magazine’s Top Chef winners battle it out in an unprecedented competition. Blaine Staniford, Todd Phillips, Donatella Trotti and Ben Merritt will face the heat once again to see who will claim the title of Top Chef Master Champion.

Heavy hors d'oeuvres from several of the area's best chefs will also be included in all ticket options.


River Ranch in the Stockyards
500 NE 23rd St., Fort Worth, 76164

Date & Time:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Pricing:

General Admission: $35 (more details)
VIP: $75 (more details)
Exclusive VIP Table: $2,000 (more details)

Competing Chefs:

Chef Blaine Staniford
Grace (Top Chef Winner 2012)

Chef Donatella Trotti
Nonna Tata (Top Chef Winner 2010)

Chef Todd Phillips
J.R.’s Steak and Grill (Top Chef Winner 2014)

Chef Ben Merritt
Fixture Kitchen & Social Lounge (Top Chef Winner 2016)

Evening Highlights:

Mystery Tasting Test
Chefs will guess what’s in the mixture!

Skills Challenge
Who can do the assigned skill the best?

10 Minute Dish Challenge
Chefs are challenged to come up with a dish in only 10 minutes with assigned ingredients.

25 Minute Perfect Plate
The BIG Challenge - chefs are given 25 minutes to come up with a divine plate using assigned ingredients. Plates will be auctioned off in the "5th Plate Auction" (see below for description) with a portion of proceeds to benefit the chef’s chosen charity.


Dream Meal Auction
Help us give back! The "Dream Meal Auction" will include a Top Chef Masters finalist to come to your home to prepare a full-meal (wine excluded) for eight, OR a “chef's table” dinner with wine pairings for eight at the chef’s restaurant.

5th Plate Auction
Plates from the "Perfect Plate Challenge" (see challenge above) will be auctioned off to the audience, where four lucky winners will get to enjoy the fabulous meal at the event.


Get a tasty bite from these fine restaurants during the show:

(More restaurants to come!)

Lead Judge:

Jon Bonnell
Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Winner


Anthony Felli
Waters Coastal Cuisine (Top Chef Winner 2013)

Stefon Rishel
Texas Bleu (Top Chef Winner 2015)

Carol Ritchie
TV Personality, Cookin’ with Carol, James Beard Nominee


Scott Murray
Multi-Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and television sports anchor

Judie Byrd, Special Guest
Co-founder of The Culinary School of Fort Worth, author of numerous cookbooks, vibrant speaker to women's groups, and host of Judie Byrd's Kitchen