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Save the Date...
Our next Chefs Classic event will be on April 29th, 2017!


St. James Academy* - Map
24505 Prairie Star Pkwy.
Lenexa, KS 66227

The Culinary Competition

Consisting of 3 rounds of “boxing” competition – 8 chefs compete for the title of CHAMPION. During rounds 1 and 2, the chefs sample cold and hot hors d'oeuvres. During each of these rounds, ticket holders have the opportunity to vote on their favorite dish of each round. The top chef from each of the two teams moves to the Round 3 KNOCK OUT 'BOUT. Round 3 consists of a live cooking contest where all ticket holders can watch the competition. The chefs will not know the ingredients with which they will be cooking and they will have 45 min to prepare their dishes. A panel of 3 celebrity judges choose the winner of the final round.

Live and Silent Auction

The 2016 Chefs Classic also featured a Live and Silent auction with fantastic items for everyone.  A few of the many items up for bid were:
  • 7 Night Stay in a Villa at Harborside Resort at Atlantis - Sleeps 8 People (Sunday May 29, 2016 - Sunday June 5, 2016)
  • 14K White Gold Diamond Necklace
  • Backyard Playhouse
  • Table for 2 to Sample the Live Cook-off Creations
  • Disney Orlando Park Hopper Passes for 4
  • Summer Camps at St. James and St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Gourmet Italian Dinner Hosted by Fr. Michael Hermes
  • Taco Bar for 30 Provided By Taco John's
  • Sports Packages... Gift Baskets... Jewelry... Birthday Party Packages... Food Baskets... And So Much More!

2016 Participants

Our selection of Feature Judges and Competing Chefs are skilled, knowledgeable, and fun to watch!  For more information on the participants, please select the "Bios" button at the top of the page.

Feature Judges

  • Will Gregory - Will Gregory PR
  • Kathy Halstead - KC Originals
  • Mickayla Mages - The Kansas City Star/Grand Communications

Competing Chefs

  • Ryan Welfort - MetropolitanKC
  • Brett Atkinson - Wilma's Real Good Food
  • Michael Rutten - Chef and Olathe Firefighter
  • Nick Luna - Chef and General Manager
  • Sergio Gonzalez
  • Chef Tito - American Fusion



 Join us for a Great Date Night or Girls Night Out!
Get up close to KC's Premier Chefs, eat, drink, and shop at the St. Paul Chefs Classic!