Chef Marissa Delgado was named ICA Catie Chef of the Year!

The Artisan by Santa Barbara Catering team attended the 2019 Catersource Conference in New Orleans this past February. During this conference, the team learned new food trends, the latest products in the culinary industry and attended the Spark Awards Gala with dinner cooked by Celebrity Chef, Curtis Stone.

At this awards gala, our very own Chef Marissa Delgado was the winner of the International Culinary Association CATIES Award, “Chef of the Year”!

The Artisan by Santa Barbara Catering team celebrating the Chef of the Year win at Catersource!

Over the past year, Chef Marissa Delgado has been involved in the local and national catering and culinary scene. From her submission for “Chef of the Year”, Chef Marissa gives some background on her career.

I began my career in high-end resorts and at local restaurants.
Having a mix of both backgrounds has allowed me to become
self-taught in creating new and innovative ideas in the kitchen.
I have been a chef with Artisan by Santa Barbara Catering for over
five years. During this time, I have learned how a solid team in the
kitchen can help you to become more creative, while also developing
a workplace that people love—even when endless hours are put
into the week. During my time at ASBC, I have cooked on events for
nationally known brands such as Food Network, Adidas, Coca Cola,
Benihana, DoTerra, NBA, NFL, Super Bowl, and PepsiCo. I was a part
of the team that created the event for the submission that earned
ASBC the 2018 Catersource ACE Award: West Region, Operations
Over 2 Million
award and entries as Finalist for 2018 International
Catering Association CATIE Award
and Arizona Restaurant
Association Foodist Awards.

Chef Marissa made her national debut as a contestant on Food Network’s CHOPPED! On this episode, Chef Marissa went back to her pastry days with three dessert rounds. She finished the episode as a runner-up, but that did not stop her TV appearances. Chef Marissa has also been seen on several local news shows and in magazines sharing seasonal recipes and at home cooking tips.

Chef Marissa Delgado competing on Food Network’s CHOPPED

This year Chef Marissa created the “Homegrown Arizona” dining experience and hosted at a local brewery. She incorporated
produce from a local farm and wines from Arizona wineries. She wanted
to connect the community to our local purveyors that work so hard
to represent our Arizona bounty.

Homegrown Arizona Dinner Menu

Along with her local contributions, Chef Marissa hosted an International Caterers Association Webinar titled “How to Get Creative When Short Staffed”. She was also a speaker at the 2019 Catersource and spoke on the topic “Breaking Down the Brigade”.

Photo by Harley Bonham #harleybonhamphotography

With all of these different areas of merit, Chef Marissa Delgado was named “Chef of the Year” by the International Catering Association. Congrats to Chef Marissa and the entire ASBC team!