By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published May 06, 2022 at 10:04 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 will go on sale to the public on June 2.

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.

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.

Call for chefs

Are you a chef or pastry chef, caterer, food truck owner who’s excited to share your passion for food with the community while supporting a great cause? Can you win over a crowd, plus a panel of celebrity judges with your delicious creations?  

If so, you might be a worthy contestant for the 2022 Battle of the Chefs.

Samantha Starr Events is putting out a call for talented, personality driven chefs from varied backgrounds who can contribute to an event that celebrates the diversity, depth and breadth of the Milwaukee food scene.

Intrigued? Get more information and submit your application online. The deadline for chef applications is July 1, 2022 

Other ways to support

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

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.