Who will be the next Favorite Chef?

The Heat Is On

We're looking for the next culinary icon to win $25,000, appear on the cover of Taste of Home, and cook with celebrity chef Carla Hall.


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Chef Carla Hall

Carla Hall, acclaimed chef and TV personality, rose to fame on "Top Chef" and "The Chew." Her infectious charm and culinary expertise have won hearts worldwide. Now, as host of her own HBO show “Chasing Flavor” and presenter of Favorite Chef, she continues to inspire with diverse cuisines, making cooking an irresistible adventure for all.

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The Cover Feature

Taste of Home

Taste of Home magazine is a culinary treasure trove, offering a delightful blend of delicious recipes, cooking tips, and heartwarming stories. From comforting classics to innovative creations, this publication celebrates the joy of home cooking and features the annual Favorite Chef.

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Celebrate, Support & Elevate

Colossal has proudly raised over $4.7M for the James Beard Foundation through the annual Favorite Chef competition. This campaign cultivates a community of chefs supporting chefs—bolstering JBF's transformative programs that promote inclusivity and sustainability. The James Beard Foundation provides critical resources and initiatives such as mentorships, leadership programs, and advocacy efforts for America's food and beverage professionals.

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TWO TITLES FOR THE TAKING

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

One incredible cook with a blend of passion, tenacity, and a little bit of fire will be chosen by the public to take the title of the 2024 Favorite Chef.

CARLA’S PICK

Competing chefs will have the opportunity to showcase their plated presentation skills to be recognized by Food Network star Carla Hall.

LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS

EXCLUSIVE workshops

Creating a culinary masterpiece is a process from start to finish. Competitors will enjoy exclusive workshops, where they'll gain insider tips and techniques from top culinary professionals like Chef Carla Hall and Food Network's Chef Terry Matthews, known as "The BBQ Daddy."

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Cutco

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JOHN BOOS & CO.

Since 1887, John Boos has been a trusted provider of high-quality cutting boards, butcher blocks, and work spaces that have inspired home cooks, chefs, and food service industry workers for generations.

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CHEF WORKS

Chef Works® is the leading manufacturer of chef uniforms and chef wear programs within the food service and hospitality industries around the globe.


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Previous Favorite Chef

KAREN ‘Chef Kay’ JENKINS

From humble beginnings, Chef Kay’s passion for cooking was fueled by a heart to serve others. Through unwavering support from her fans, including overseas military members and ICU nurses, she soared to the top. This blessed chef’s victory resonates beyond the prize, “It's more about what we were able to do for others, including up-and-coming cooks.”

Previous Favorite Chef

Chef Sémone Hopkins

Chef Sémone Hopkins, an Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) alumna. Chef Hopkins is rapidly growing two small businesses proving that hard work, talent, and drive can bring great success. “After the win, I received so much press attention, have been featured in newspapers, and have been interviewed on popular podcasts.”

Bring Home The Bacon

$25,000 and the cover of Taste of Home are on the line. Who will be the next Favorite Chef?

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Colossal is a nationally registered professional fundraiser that inspires people to advocate for themselves and those in need. Through online competitions like Favorite Chef, Colossal offers participants the opportunity to make their mark while also making a big impact.

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