Vote for the best chef of SoCal to compete in The Chew's Best Chef on the Block contest

The Chew is teaming up with Eye on LA to send the best chef in Southern California to New York. Every Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Eye on LA introduced you to some of the finest chefs in town, and now you have the chance to send one of them to New York City to represent Southern California and compete in The Chew's Best Chef on the Block contest.

Watch video clips below of the four local chefs up for "Best Chef on the Block." After you watch the videos, vote for your favorite. The Southern California winner will head to NYC for the final cook-off live on The Chew in February. The final winner will receive the grand prize of $1,000 and the opportunity to cook one of their signature recipes on The Chew with the show's co-hosts.

Raffi Ghanimian of The Grill Maniac
All the love and passion in a person's heart can be felt through their food. After taking a bite of Raffi's food, you find yourself reassured of life's tastefulness, comforted by delicious simplicity, and warmed by the feeling that you're right where you need to be. All of that is met by the kind smile and generous hospitality he offers to each and every person. With Raffi, every person feels genuinely welcomed and special. Raffi lives every moment of his life with kindness and intense dedication to the things he loves--family and food, and in the unspoken ways we're able to know, that intensity comes through in his simple yet incredibly delicious cooking. The flavors of his food tell a story of life's richness; the beautiful melting pot of life as an immigrant, the journey of life's hurdles and successes, and ultimately, the importance of living by who you truly are. At the end of the day, it's a meal, but you walk away with not just a full and happy belly, but a restored sense of humanity and all that's good in this world.

Marcel Cocit of Chef Marcel Catering
Marcel was born in Brazil and raised in Queens, New York. He started his culinary career in New York working as a private chef for many prominent families and relocated to Los Angeles in 2000 and began catering private events for celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Ryan Seacrest to list just a few. He has been a chef for 25+ years. Marcel is creative and innovative and has a strong passion for food. His focus is on freshness, quality, and simplicity. The end result is good, clean, real food. His natural talent, energy, quick humor, and enthusiasm are the driving force in his successful full service catering business. Marcel currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jeannie and their baby girl, Sofia Rose.

Tony Hyde of Sattdown Jamaican Grill
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Chef Tony would immerse himself in his grandmother's kitchen watching her cut, season and adorn food with savory island spices. He became intrigued by her ability to bring the family together at the end of the day with a delicious meal. Chef Tony is the owner and executive chef of Sattdown Jamaican Grill in Studio City, where he treats all his customers like the starring cast. Top menu items are the succulent, tender to the bone oxtails and the savory flavor of his well spiced and seasoned jerk chicken. You don't have to take my word on it, check out his customer reviews. Awesome at recipe creation and always willing to take a chance for the greater culinary good, Chef Tony has a variety or menu items from Apricot Lamb Roast to Tropical Tofu. The claim is that, "Once you Sattdown, U B back." The levels of flavor and complex sauces in every dish make it hard to resist going back for more.

Kenji Koyama of Necco
Chef Kenji Koyama started his career in the early 90s as a Japanese cuisine chef in Los Angeles before moving back home to Tokyo to refine his skills at a traditional edomae sushi bar. Upon his return to the U.S., Chef Kenji became heavily influenced by Southern California's health conscious lifestyle, mixing authentic sushi and shojin style (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine) dishes with healthy, quintessential Californian dishes. With over 20 years of cooking experience, Kenji is now the co-owner and head chef at Necco Japanese Tapas Restaurant, where he creates original, nostalgic Japanese foods that are fresh, vibrant, and healthy.


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