Youth Competition

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The 7th Charity Chili Cookoff & BBQ Competition is a fund raiser hosted by the Lake Firefighter Charity. This fund raiser helps fund our Florian Fund that provides financial assistance to local firefighters enduring catastrophic crisis such as PTSD and cancer treatments. We have also add a great new community event with one of our major sponsors, Empingao by Platinum Chef Joel Padilla. Our all new Youth Competition will allow teams from local schools to battle it out in Chef Padilla's kitchens on site at Gator Harley, for a grand prize of a culinary educational sponsorship for the winning team. Teams will also compete to raise money for their local schools culinary programs.


The popularity of this event has really grown to be a premier food competition event in Central Florida. We have expanded the event even more this year and have added several fun events as well as community supportive events. We are pleased to announced we are approved as a Florida BBQ Association sanctioned event.  Please do not hesitate to contact our organizer with any questions.

Youth Competition Guidelines & Prizes

Competition First Heat:

Friday 5pm to 8pm

5PM - Judges Choice for the First Heat

Each team (consisting of 3 students) per school will prepare our choice dish for 5 judges.

All ingredients and kitchens will be provided for the students to use in the fashion they choose to prepare the food.

They will have one hour to prepare the dish for turn in.

The top two teams will advance to the final round on Saturday to compete for the

grand prize of a scholarship* towards a culinary class for the team.

(Scholarship amount may be based upon the number of team entries)

6:30PM - People's Choice

Each team (consisting of 3 students) per school will prepare BBQ pork butt to serve to the public on Friday night.

The pork butts will be provided to each team on Wednesday before the event. 

This food can be prepared before the event and will be served from 6:30pm to 8pm to the public.

A minimum of 200 samples must be prepared to serve to the public.

Teams may cook in the manner they desire.

The tasters (the public) will be able to vote with money for the team's sample they like best.

A trophy will be given for 1st and 2nd place.

Competition Main Heat:

Saturday 9am to 11am


9AM - Judges Choice for the Main Heat

The two top scored teams from Friday's night judges choice will move on to the championship round on Saturday morning.

These teams will prepare a specialty hamburger from the ingredients provided to all teams. They may choose any of the ingredients available and prepare 3 of the same specialty burger for the judges.

All ingredients and kitchens will be provided for the students to use in the fashion they choose to prepare the food.

They will have one hour to prepare the dish for turn in.

The winning team will win a grand prize of a minimum of $500 team scholarship* towards

continuing their culinary education for the team.

In addition, the winning burger will be featured on the menu at Mojo's Grill in Leesburg

for a limited time for all friends and family to taste your team's skills.

*Scholarship amounts may be more based on the number of teams competing.

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Winning Team – a scholarship towards a culinary class

Winning Team – burger featured on the menu at Mojos Grill (Leesburg)

Winning Team – a day to run a pop up restaurant experience


Other Winning Teams – assorted culinary accessory prizes

All teams – a chance to showcase their skills to a large audience

All teams participating can claim up to 6 hours of community service from our 501C3 charity hosting the event

Chef Padilla
Chef Padilla @ the Boys & Girls Club

Celebrity Chef Joel Padilla is volunteering to help in the judges scoring and sponsoring the Youth Competition.


Chef Padilla owner of Platinum Chef Empingao has been in the industry for over 14 years. He has established many successful concepts and notably has worked with The Food Network managing their food and wine shows. Chef Padilla has established nutritional programs in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Central FL and has worked with the like of Gordon Ramsey’s, Bobby Flay, and Rachel Ray just to name a few. When it comes to competition, he is no stranger - chef has won best mac & cheese two years in a row along with best burger in Orlando beating out all major chains in central FL.

To sign up your school team, contact:

Brian at 352-267-4580



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