The Culinary & Cocktail Clash

Restaurant brands will battle it out in two fiery competitions – culinary and cocktail – on August 7 in Irvine, CA! In the Culinary Clash, restaurants are paired with a student sous chef to create a menu item using required ingredients. In the Cocktail Clash, restaurants shake up craft cocktails featuring Tito’s or Don Julio (no students involved). 

This is the California Restaurant Foundation’s biggest fundraiser to support high school culinary arts programs. 


Restaurant Competitors


The Cause

Event sponsorships support high school culinary arts programs in California! The California Restaurant Foundation empowers 13,500 teens each year with skills for work and skills for life. We change lives through restaurants!

Enrichment Services:

  • Mentorships
  • Job-training
  • Training for teachers
  • Scholarships

Culinary: Coca-Cola Award


Culinary: FreshPoint Award

Pizza Rev

Culinary: Best Photo

Specialty Restaurants

Culinary: Best Video

Wedgewood Weddings

Culinary: Most Innovative


Culinary: Most Likely to be On a Menu

Pacifica Hotels

Culinary: Mentor of the Year

Pacifica Hotels

The 2022 Cocktail Clash Winners!

Cocktail: Tito's Golden Goblet

Lawry’s Restaurants

“Peach Cola Sour” 

Cocktail: Coca-Cola Award

The Ranch

“Lights, Camera, Action!”

Cocktail: FreshPoint Award

The Great Maple

“Peach Tree”

Cocktail: People's Choice

Pacifica Hotels

“Ship of Fools”

Cocktail: Equipment Award

Specialty Restaurants

“Davy Jones”