Chef Challenge

This Contest Has Ended.


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Ready to prove you’ve got the chops to cook up a fiery piece of deliciousness just like the pros at the Austin Food + Wine Festival? Three of our expert chef teams challenge you to grill a dish at home using a signature fire technique.

You have until Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00PM CT to pick your challenge and show us your savory skills!


The Prize:

  • Two Weekender Passes to the Festival ($500 Value).
  • Magnetic Drive Torrent Blender from KitchenAid ($600 Value).
  • Bragging Rights to All Your Friends (Priceless).

How To Enter:

  1. Choose a challenge below (and fire up your grill).
  2. Cook it, plate it, and snap a photo.
  3. Post it to Instagram or Twitter. Include the name of your Chef Challenge (A, B, or C) – and the hashtag #AFWFest in your caption!

Pick Your Challenge:


Challenge A

by Andrew Wiseheart
(Contigo & Gardner)

I challenge you to cook something directly on the heat source – either on the embers themselves or by burying whole vegetables in the coals.



Challenge B

by Paul Qui & Thai Changthong
(East Side King & Qui)

We challenge you to take a non-traditional approach to chicken wings by cooking them on the grill.



Challenge C

by Tandy Wilson & Pat Martin
(City House & Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint)

We challenge you to grill up your most creative stuffed hamburger.


Want to smoke the competition? Gain more knowledge with our pro tips for each!

What Is The Fire Pit?

Fire Pit

Each year, our larger-than-life live-fire stations feature an accomplished lineup of chefs, cooking over Fire Pits and offering mouthwatering eats all weekend.

Less structured than a demo and more intimate than the hands-on grilling classes, the Fire Pit provides a forum for culinary Q&A with top Texas talent, plus an opportunity to taste each of the chefs’ bold creations. And this year we’re featuring double the amount of Fire Pit stations, with four each day.

Fire Pit access is included with both a Weekender and an All-In Pass. Swing by, grab a bite hot off the fire, and learn first-hand grilling advice from the pros.

Meet The Pitmasters