UBC Chef Challenge | July 27, 2023

Snack, Sip, and Socialize at Chef Challenge!

Join us for the return of this beloved campus celebration, as the UBC community comes together for a culinary showdown like no other!  After a three-year hiatus, the competition is hotter than ever, with four fabulous chef teams each competing for your vote (and year-long bragging rights!) by preparing a tasty bite perfectly paired with a local brew. 

Along with delicious bites and brews, enjoy live music, lawn games, friendly competition, and friendlier faces—we hope to see you there!   

**Thank you for joining us for this fantastic evening of tasty bites, craft brews and good company! Check out the event video below.

We can't wait for next year's challenge! For chefs interested in participating in Chef Challenge 2024, please contact us at: info.utown@ubc.ca 

Event details:

This year’s theme is….

Summertime means longer days, sunnier skies, and of course…dining outdoors. So what better theme to celebrate these special summer activities than a Picnic Party!

This year’s theme will challenge competitors to come up with a picnic-inspired bite, perfectly paired with a local brew. Guests (and judges) will sample each dish and pairing, and vote for their favourite at the end of the evening.  

Your 2023 competitors are…

We're pleased to announce a lineup of long-time and new competitors to Chef Challenge:

The Menu...

Featuring 4 chef-curated canapé & local beer pairings, plus dessert from Trees Organic Coffee & Cheesecake and their new location at leləm̓ Village!

View the Summer Picnic edition menu here! 

Meet the Musicians

Food, Fun and Flamenco! Enjoy live music from Gundyr Guitars. The two classically trained UBC Music students will be performing a mix of Latin pieces, including flamenco and melancholic ballads.

Meet the Judges

Judges will taste and score each pairing for: creativity & fit to theme; serving presentation; nutritional balance; flavour, taste, texture, doneness; and how the dish complements your beer pairing. The judging panel includes: 

  • Rickey Y. Yada, PhD | Professor and Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia (UBC)  
  • Kaitlin Wu | UBC Food Hub Market Student Director  
  • Pearl Lam | Co-founder of Dicky’s Dumps handmade dumplings and District Local  


A General Ticket covers entry and ALL food & drinks. This includes: four chef-crafted canapés, dessert, four 4 oz. craft beers (or the option of a non-alcoholic beverage).

A Child Ticket includes entry and a kid-friendly snack. 

Please note that due to the nature of this event, food substitutions are not possible. Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions on the ingredients and menu. 


  • UBC Students and Musqueam Residents - $27
  • UBC Staff, Faculty, Alumni | UNA and Acadia Park Residents - $32
  • Visitors - $45
  • Children (3-10 years) - $5

**Tickets sales are now CLOSED & tickets will not be sold at the gate. We look forward to seeing all guests at the event! **

Questions or buying tickets for a large group? Please contact us at: info.utown@ubc.ca