Representing San Felipe at Santa Anita Park
Chef Brooke Williamson

Representing San Felipe at Santa Anita Park

Hudson House, The Tripel and Playa Provisions

Redondo Beach, CA

  • 2017 Winner, Top Chef, Charleston
  • Host and Mentor, MTV’s House of Food
  • 2014 Battle Winner in Esquire’s Knife Fight
  • 2013 Runner-Up Top Chef, Seattle
  • This is Brooke's fourth appearance at Taste of Derby, representing San Felipe at Santa Anita


Serving: Spicy Triar Royal Red Shrimp Roll


Representing Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs
Chef David Danielson

Representing Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs

Levy Restaurants at Churchill Downs

Louisville KY

  •  Trained at Dumas Pere School of French Cooking and Ecole Hotelier Tain l’ Hermitage in France
  • Co-author of The Bourbon Country Cook Book
  • Top Chef Season 16 as celebrity Chef Judge, ABC World News Tonight, Fox & Friends, Travel Channel, and WGN.  Chef David has also appeared in numerous national publications including, People Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Men’s Journal and USA Today.
  • Has been a chef and culinary consultant at the 2011 Super Bowl, US Open Tennis, the athlete food courts at the 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2016 Olympic Villages, and the ever popular Lollapalooza music Festival.
  • This is David’s eighth appearance at Taste of the Derby representing The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.


Serving: Passion Fruit Cremeaux with a Pine Nut Crumble, Mascarpone and White Chocolate Chantilly 


Representing Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park
Lindsay Autry

Representing Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park

The Regional Kitchen & Public House

West Palm Beach, FL

  • Honed her skills under famed chef Michelle Bernstein
  • Finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 9
  • 2018/2019 James Beard Foundation semi-finalist Best Chef: South
  • This is Lindsay’s first appearance at Taste of Derby, representing The Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park


Serving: Boiled Peanut Hummus with deviled ham and spring vegetable on melba toast


Representing LeComte at Fairgrounds Race Track
Chef Tory McPhail

Representing LeComte at Fairgrounds Race Track

Commander’s Palace,

New Orleans, LA

  • James Beard Award Best Chef, South 2013
  • Tory has led Commander’s Palace kitchen for 16 years.
  • Commander’s Palace was named one of Food and Wine’s 40 Most Important Restaurants (2018)
  • Tory is a partner in SoBou Restaurant,  Provisions & Whiskey, and the founder of Tory McPhail foods.
  • This is Tory’s fifth year at Taste of Derby, representing LeComte at Fairgrounds.


Serving: Cognac Flambeed Crawfish over Louisiana Stone Ground Grits 


Representing Withers at Acqueduct
Chef Virginia Willis

Representing Withers at Acqueduct

  • 2017 Featured Chef at the Mansion at Churchill Downs for the 143rd Kentucky Derby
  • Chef, Cookbook Author, Editor at Large for Southern Living and TV Personality
  • 2016 James Beard Foundation Award for Lighten Up, Y’all
  • Creator of "Cooking with Virginia" in Southern Living
  • Six cookbooks: Secrets of the Southern Table; Bon Appetit, Y’all; Basic to Brilliant, Y’all; Lighten Up, Y’all; Okra; and Grits.  
  • This is Virginia’s second appearance at Taste of the Derby, representing Withers at Aqueduct.


Serving: Mexican Chocolate Pudding with Goat Cheese Caramel.  Bourbon Cream and a Browned Butter Shortbread Brittle


Representing Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park
Jean-Robert de Cavel

Representing Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park

Chef/Partner Jean-Robert’s Table, Le Bar a Boeuf, French Crust Cafe, Frenchie Fresh, Restaurant L
Cincinnati, OH

  • Born in France and worked abroad before moving to the US
  • Named a Master Chef by Maitres Cuisiniers de France in 2007
  • The de Cavels founded the de Cavel family SIDS Foundation which hosts the country’s largest SIDS fundraiser: Eat.Play.Give: Friends & Family SIDS brunch
  • This is Jean Robert’s fifth year at Taste of Derby, representing Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park


Serving: Jurgielewicz Farm Duck Leg Confit with quinoa, peas, banyuls dressing, arugula and radish with Bourbon dried fruit


Representing Breeders' Cup at Keeneland
Chef Michael Putnam

Representing Breeders' Cup at Keeneland

The Galt House
Louisville, KY

  • Ohio native, attended culinary school in Pennsylvania
  • Worked in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, DC and at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas
  • Promoted earlier this year to executive chef at The Galt House
  • This is Michael’s first appearance at Taste of the Derby representing the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs.

Serving: Jurgielewicz Farm Duck L'Orange steamed bun with frisee, pickled red onions and an orange blossom aioli


Representing Top Chef
Chef Debbie Gold

Representing Top Chef

Tied House, Chicago

  • The first Kansas City chef to bring home a James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest.  
  • Top Chef Master competitor Debbie Gold moved to Chicago in 2018 and opened Tied House to rave reviews.
  • This is Debbie’s second appearance at Taste of Derby, this year representing Top Chef.


Serving:  Manchester Farms Quail Taco with pickled quail egg, tomatillo salsa and verdolaga 


Representing Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs
Chef Ferrell Alvarez

Representing Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs

Rooster & the Till
Tampa, Fl

  • Best New restaurant and Best Chef award Creative Loafing, 
  • 2017 James Beard Foundation Best Chef: South nominee
  • 2018 and 2019 #1 restaurant in Tampa/Tampa Bay Times
  • This is Ferrell’s first appearance at Taste of Derby, representing The Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs


Serving: Foie gras ganache, huckleberries, pear, and cashew ''nutella"


Representing Gotham at Acqueduct
Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois

Representing Gotham at Acqueduct

Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, Blue Smoke On the Road

New York, NY

  • Southern Roots and exceptional classic cooking background
  • Featured on CBS This Morning, Eater and Grub Street.
  • Avid outdoorsman
  • This is Jean-Paul’s first year at Taste of Derby representing The Gotham at Aqueduct Race Course.


Serving: Hot Fried Chicken Salad Sandwich with Devil dust and Tabasco hot honey


Representing Louisiana Derby at Fairgrounds Racecourse
Chef Cory Bahr

Representing Louisiana Derby at Fairgrounds Racecourse

Parish Restaurant, Heritage Catering

Monroe, LA

  • 2012 Chopped! Champion on Food Network
  • Food & Wine “People’s Best New Chef” Gulf Coast, 2014
  • Food & Wine "People's Best New Chef" in America, 2015
  • Next Food Network Star Finalist in 2017
  • Beat Bobby Flay on Food Network’s hit show “Beat Bobby Flay”
  • This is Cory’s second appearance at Taste of the Derby representing The Louisiana Derby at Fairgrounds Race Track.


Serving: Pepper jelly glazed Manchester Farms Quail with pickled greens and peanut duqqa


Representing Risen Star at Fairgrounds
Tiffani Faison-Walsh

Representing Risen Star at Fairgrounds

Executive Chef/Owner Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama & Fool’s Errand

Boston, MA

  • 2019 & 2018 James Beard Best Chef Northeast nominee
  • “Best Chef: General Excellence” in Boston Magazine’s 2016 “Best of Boston”
  • Runner up on Season One of Top Chef, and has appeared in many other seasons and specials
  • Frequent judge on Chopped, and appearances on NBC and CBS
  • This is Tiffani’s seventh year at Taste of Derby, representing Top Chef


Serving: Brown Butter & Sherry Lobster Rolls


Representing Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park
Chef Shirley Chung

Representing Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park

Ms Chi Cafe

Los Angeles CA

  • Season 11 Top Chef  and Season 14 Runner-up  Top Chef on Bravo
  • Author of Chinese Heritage Cooking From My American Kitchen
  • Worked for celebrated chefs Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali and Jose Andres.
  • This is Shirley’s second appearance at Taste of the Derby but her first solo station.  She is representing The Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park.


Serving: Pork and Shrimp Wontons in a Spring broth with Passion Fruit Vinegar and Chili Oil


Representing Risen Star at Fairgrounds Race Track
Chefs Samantha & Cody Carroll

Representing Risen Star at Fairgrounds Race Track

Samantha and Cody Carroll
Hot Tails, 
New Roads, LA

  • Stars of the Food Network Show Cajun Aces
  • This is Samantha and Cody’s first appearance at Taste of the Derby representing Risen Star at Fairgrounds Race Track.


Serving: Collard Green & Country Ham Gumbo


Representing Prix du Jean Luc Lagardere at Longchamp, France
Thierry Rautureau

Representing Prix du Jean Luc Lagardere at Longchamp, France

Loulay/Luc

Seattle, Washington

  • James Beard Best Chef: Pacific Northwest
  • Has a long running radio show; Seattle Kitchen co-hosted by Chef Tom Douglas
  • This is Thierry’s first year at Taste of Derby representing Prix du Jean Luc Laguardere at Longchamp, FR


Serving: Wild Pacific Salmon with Olive Tapenade, Harissa and Lemon Confit


Representing Angry Orchard
Chef Tim Chatigny

Representing Angry Orchard

  • Professionally trained Chef with 12+ years of experience in a diverse selection of cuisines.
  • Successfully opened and cultivated two large scale restaurants (300+ seating) from inception.
  • Studied International cooking techniques in Chile, Argentina and Italy.
  • He specializes in creating dishes utilizing seasonal ingredients, modern techniques and flavor innovation.

Serving: Beef Carpaccio with an Angry Orchard Rose Cider and Cherry Gastrique