Youth Competition

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The 8th Charity Chili Cookoff & BBQ Competition is a fund raiser hosted by the Firefighters Charity of Lake County. 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 Youth Competition will allow kids from local schools to battle it out in Chef Padilla's kitchens on site at Gator Harley, for a grand prize of a $500 culinary educational sponsorship for best burger! 

There is no cost to enter the competition. Competition starts at 8AM on Saturday January 23rd


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


Saturday 8am to 11am

Youth Best Burger Competition

Do you have what it takes to make the best burger?

All youth 18 or under are invited to compete in the best burger competition.

Rules are simple:
Ingredients will be available to you to use as you want

Meat will be provided

Create your best burger idea and impress the judges

A basic food handling session will begin at 8AM

Cook begins at 9AM. 

Turn in at 10AM

Winners announced at noon

Grand prize is a $500 culinary scholarship grant

Youth will earn community service hours for helping the BBQ teams

from 2PM to 4PM help present and hand out samples

sponsored by


1st Place – a $500 scholarship towards a culinary class

2nd Place - Culinary accessory package

3rd Place - Culinary accessory package


All teams participating can claim up to 6 hours of community service by helping the BBQ teams after the youth competition 

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 youth up, contact:

Brian at 352-267-4580



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