The 2011 East Bay Food Fight pit the top Bay Area chefs against each other in 15-minute battles. Themes embody the spirit of our unique culinary landscape here in the East Bay.

In order:

Chef Matt Colgan

Matt Colgan has been the executive chef at Rockridge’s À Côté since its inception in 2002. His food, which combines French technique and Mediterranean flavors and relies heavily on a wood-fired oven, is directly influenced by his time in Europe.

Chef Dean Dupuis

Dean Dupuis is the executive chef at Picán Restaurant, a pioneering restaurant of the Uptown movement. He brings sophisticated Southern expertise to a restaurant that connects people to the environment and to each other. The atmosphere is inclusive, welcoming. It’s a place of culture, a place of cultural exchange. Of perspective, reflection, and joy.

Bocanova’s Rick Hackett

Rick Hackett of Bocanova learned the principles of nouvelle cuisine at Yannick Cam’s acclaimed Washington D.C. restaurant Le Pavillon. He then joined the American culinary revolution, working at Chez Panisse, BayWolf, Oliveto, Postrio, and Acme Bread. Hackett has now created the perfect showcase for his innovative Pan-American cuisine, combining flavors and techniques from North, Central, and South America with Mediterranean traditions.

Chef Jonathan Luce

Jonathan Luce is el jefe at Bellanico, a restaurant in the Glenview district of Oakland. Bellanico serves rustic Italian cuisine that changes seasonally. They are dedicated to serving the best seasonal, local, sustainable and organic products that they can find.

Chef Nikki Shaw

Nikki Shaw is the host of Today’s Flavor, a daily celebrity food favorites segment on Jamie Foxx’s Sirius channel 106 and San Francisco’s 102.9 KBLX. She owns FLAVOR Caterer in Oakland and is a featured chef for the California Department of Public Health’s Network For A Healthy California & Champions For Change campaign.

Shaw, a finalist on The Next Food Network Star, was also a celebrity chef on Donald Trump’s show The Ultimate Merger and featured chef on Shaunie O’Neal’s VH1 series Basketball Wives. She and her husband, L.A. Lakers Assistant Coach Brian Shaw, reside in Northern and Southern California with their children.

Chef Banks White

Banks White hails from Texas, bringing his Southern roots and family inspirations to FIVE and adding his own flair to the reinvented American classics. White’s resume includes the kitchens of Auberge du Soleil, étoile at Domaine Chandon and Leftbank Brasserie. White’s experience in farm to table cuisine and catering events will maintain FIVE’s and Hotel Shattuck Plaza’s success as one of Berkeley’s premier dining destinations.