Check Out Our Texas Pete® Hall of Heroes
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Check Out Our Texas Pete® Hall of Heroes

In the 7 years of our charity event, 28 top chain chefs have earned the distinction of competing in our Texas Pete® Kitchen Hero Cook-Off. The purpose of this event is to support Share Our Strength, a No Kid Hungry program, as well as celebrate menu innovation. Texas Pete® honors these chefs and judges who have generated enough donations by Garner Foods®, the maker of Texas Pete®, to feed 700,000 hungry kids in America.

Check out our Hall of Heroes and watch how their inspired dishes earned them the distinction of our annual Grand Champion.

Here is our Texas Pete® Hall of Heroes.

2013 Chef Participants


Jim Doak (Champion)

Inspire Brands

Drew Patterson

The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

Jeff Forrester

Taco Bueno

Robert Pesch

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

2014 Chef Participants


Keith Brunell


Brian Hinshaw (Champion)

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

Alex McJessy

Ohio State Univ. Culinary Student

Eric Ernest

University of Southern California


2015 Chef Participants


Sharon Lykins


Maria Crump


Steven Jesse Leon

The Cheesecake Factory

Brandon Hudson (Champion)

Jason’s Deli

2016 Chef Participants


Nick Pajor

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen

Thomas Yun (Champion)


Justin Fields

Bonefish Grill

Peter Czizek,

Long John Silvers


2017 Chef Participants


Jamie Carawan

Twin Peaks Restaurants

Quinn Adkins (Champion)


Anthony Audette

Jack in the Box

John Baez

Landry’s Specialty Restaurant Division

2017 Chef Participants


David Stadtmiller

Chili’s, Sr. Dir. Culinary Innovation

Todd Huppert

Mgr. of Product Innovation, Capt. D’s

Scott Uehlein

Sonic, VP Product Innovation and Dev.

Chris Bushelman (Champion)

Exec. Chef, Kitchen 1883/Kroger



2019 Chef Participans


Ramon Solorzano (Champion)

 Garden Fresh Restaurants

Mike Turner

Walk On’s Bistreaux & Bar

James Rogers

Tony Roma’s

Luis Haro

Logan’s Roadhouse

Check out the 2019 Kitchen Hero Cook-Off Video.

A special thank you to the chefs and their chains who have cooperated with this worthy charity effort. If you are a multi-unit chain chef and would like to participate as a contestant in our annual competition, please contact Nikki Green, National Accounts Manager for Garner Foods at