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Chris Ford, Co-Founder at Stitches ‘n Dishes, and media correspondent for the Food Network TV show, Eat St awarded the inaugural Top Street Chef title to Chef Looza, Owner of the El Matador Mobile Mex food truck in the competition held in Penn Valley at the Foods4Thought.org annual fundraiser on June 30, 2012.
Contenders included top chefs from the San Francisco Bay Area, and the foods ranged from traditional American, new American, Fusion, BBQ, international and some exotic dishes.
“I’m humbled, because this award is a people’s choice; the attendees who tasted our food, not just a panel of judges,” said Looza.
More than 3,000 people attended the Foods4Thought.org annual fundraiser, and voted for the Top Street Chef over the course of a six-hour voting period. Looza amassed more than 30% of the votes in the competition.
“I was so pleased for Chef Joe,” said Patti Smith, Founder of Foods4Thought.org. “It was an honor to have a chef of his caliber at our event, and the guests were talking about his food all day.”
Looza claims the Top Street Chef title, a plaque, along with a $1,000 cash prize, and a commemorative chef’s apron. Food Network’s Eat St media correspondents were at the event, and announced the winners on the Eat St show's blog site. (http://eatst.foodnetwork.ca/blog/first-annual-top-street-chef-title-awarded-in-sacramento-ca.html)
Terry Jeske, owner of VolksWaffle was announced as second place winner during the event, and claimed a $500 cash prize.
Jeremy Lopez, Chef / Owner at FuzionEatz in Sacramento, claimed third place and a $250 cash prize.
Looza plans to invest the cash prize back into his business, and hopes to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant, featuring his Asian/Mex fusion dishes in the future.