By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Sep 14, 2022 at 11:04 AM

The 6th annual Battle of the Chefs event, presented by SamanthaStarr Events, will take place Sunday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Factory on Barclay, 1120 S. Barclay St.  Tickets for the event can be purchased online.

About the event 

The community-centric event combines the elements of a friendly chefs’ competition, a lush tasting event and a silent auction with the mission of acknowledging and elevating the work of local chefs from Milwaukee's evolving culinary scene. Plant-based options will be available as well as a full cash bar. Cocktail attire is strongly suggested.

Participating chefs include:

  • Nell Benton of Pete's Pops
  • Amanda Buhrman of Sweetly Baked
  • Pete Cooney of Pete's Pops
  • Jasmine Carter-Ward of Skratch Kitchen
  • T'yannah El of Solful Kitchen
  • Buddah Fly of Buddah Luv
  • Hannah Kopplin of Tots on the Street
  • Tamesha P of Baked Dreams Creations
  • Malina Schweinert of Hungry Mother Fusion Food & Baked Goods
  • Carolyn Dallison of Karol's Kitchen & Catering
  • Jenny Lee of Kiuda Korean American
  • Martin Magaña of Trouble Makers Cocina
  • Pedro Tejada of Pedro's South American Cuisine

The evening will also feature special guest DJ and MC, DJ Lolo. The judging panel for the event will include Jasmine Johnson, vice president of sales for iHeart Media; Alex Hanesakda, owner and chef of SapSap; David Magnasco, owner and executive chef of The Chef's Table; PhilWaukee, Phil the Culture; and Lori Fredrich, Dining Editor for OnMilwaukee.

A portion of the proceeds from the 2022 event, along with 100% of the silent auction proceeds, will be donated to Teens Grow Greens, an organization dedicated to offering teens experiences which cultivate the life and leadership skills and connections needed to enable them to become active agents for positive change and community actualization.

Watch a recap from last year’s Battle of the Chefs Food Truck Edition.

Other ways to support

Interested in sponsoring the event or  donating a silent auction item? Email Samantha at

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.