Top Chef 2017


Fort Worth Magazine and Chef Jon Bonnell invite you to our 2017 Top Chef Challenge. Come join in the excitement of watching four of Fort Worth’s top chefs battle it out in an unprecedented competition.

Food sampling from some of Fort Worth's most popular restaurants will also be included in all ticket options.


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

Date & Time:

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Pricing:

General Admission: SOLD OUT


The Capital Grille, Bird Café, Magdalena's, Whole Foods, Nothing Bundt Cakes, River Ranch, Trio New American Cafe

Competing Chefs:

Chef Jenna Kinard

MAX’s Wine Dive

Chef Juan Rodriguez


Chef Derek Venutolo

The Capitol Grille

Chef Jason Harper

Trio New American

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.


Charities Involved:

Derek Venutolo: Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth
Jason Harper: For this Reason Marriage Ministries
Juan Rodriguez: Make-A-Wish Foundation
Jenna Kinard: DRC - Community Solutions to End Homelessness

Dream Meal Auction (Silent Auction)
Help us give back! The "Dream Meal Auction" will include a Top Chef participant 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.

A portion of the proceeds from this auction will benefit the charities listed above.

5th Plate Auction (Bid Board)
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.

* All proceeds from this auction will benefit the charities listed above.


Lead Judge:

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

Panel of Judges:

Anthony Felli

Todd Phillips
JR's Steak & Grill

Blaine Staniford

Ben Merritt
Fixture - Kitchen and Social Lounge