Hello Chef!


It’s time to fire up the kitchen, and get to cookin’, cause Columbia is heating up! The next big thing is here, and you’re invited to join the fun, as part of Serve It Up CoMo 2017, a chef charity challenge. We have something for everyone: master chefs, voices of the community, supporters, volunteers, our junior aspiring chefs, and all the folks who love to eat. We’re looking for the best men and women from the back of the house to dish up their best plates at our debut event this summer to qualify for our ultimate cook-off event and win top monetary prizes.


Giving back to local organizations that provide valuable support to our community is our mission. Thousands rely on that life enrichment, whether it be food, shelter, counseling, education, or health services. Serve It Up CoMo will benefit six impactful nonprofits, and each will be partnered with our top six chef finalists and one junior chef. We will fill the plates of these nonprofits with every resource we can provide both short term, through fundraising, and long term, by providing tools and skills they will be able to use to continue their mission for years ahead.


So here’s how it works… we will be kicking off with our first event at Bur Oak Brewing Company on June 17 from 12-4, where 20+ of our hometown chefs will enter in one of six categories for six $200 prizes:

  • Classic American
  • European Cuisine
  • Southwest/Latin American
  • Southeast Asian
  • Vegetarian
  • Soul Food


For each category, our panel of judges will pick the top dish, and those chefs become our six finalists. Judging at our kickoff event will be based on: category fit, presentation, creativity, and of course flavor. Throughout the remainder of the campaign we will promote the finalists and their respective restaurants or organizations, and in turn they will appear at our campaign events and participate in creating promotional material to bring attention to our good cause.


Chefs will then compete for the grand prize of $1500, second place $1000, and third place $500 in our final cook-off showdown. This will be recorded TV-show style and shown at our finale event where the winners will be announced. Finalist chefs will also provide cooking demonstrations for our VIP guests, and samples of your “winning” dishes along with a buffet style meal for attendees.


We are very excited about this event and the potential it has to really impact our community in a positive way. To make it successful, we need talented individuals like yourself to apply by May 1st to enjoy all chef benefits and really make our event stand out from the crowd! Thank you for your time and consideration.


Thank you!

-Serve It Up Team




Serve It Up CoMo

P.O Box 30531

Columbia, MO 65205