Start licking your chops because KAABOO Del Mar is expanding its food-centric Palate stage with an increased number of culinary vendors and demonstrations for its 2016 incarnation. As part of the expansive "mix-perience" of music, food and drink, art, comedy and "personal indulgence" KAABOO is known for, the Palate area will have mouths watering this year with samplings from local and regional cuisine alongside expertly paired wines, cocktails and beer.
Scorecards will be tallied with the return of the Rockin' Chef Competition, where superstar chefs will compete in front of an expert panel of judges and special guests. Along with a variety of demonstrations, chefs will interact with guests during meet-and-greet opportunities, surprise musical performances, and through sharing popular recipes.
Are you waiting with bated breath to see who's on the all-star list? Well here it is.
From San Diego
Richard Blais: This celebrity chef is known around town as the winner of "Top Chef All Stars" and mind behind Juniper & Ivy and Crack Shack.
Brian Malarkey: The pork pie hat-clad chef of Seasucker fame, also has starred in reality shows "Top Chef" and "The Taste," and his Fabric of Social Dining concept.
Javier Plascencia: Praised for raising the culinary scene of Tijuana with his beloved Misión 19, and his San Diego hot spot Bracero in Little Italy.
KAABOO Del Mar
When: Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds
Cost: 3-day passes start at $279
Online: kaaboodelmar.com/the-experience or kaaboodelmar.com/passes
From Los Angeles
Timothy Hollingsworth: This chef won the James Beard Foundation's Rising Chef of the Year Award in 2010 and is the chef of Otium in Los Angeles, and Barrel & Ashes in Studio City.
Steve Samson: Sotto restaurant, where Samson is chef, was named one of Esquire's "Best New Restaurants in America" and Los Angeles Magazine's No. 1 "Best New Restaurant" in 2011.
Josiah Citrin: Not only is Citrin the chef owner of Mélisse Restaurant in Santa Monica, he is also co-owner of Lemon Moon Café in West Los Angeles
Michael Fiorelli: Love and Salt in Manhattan Beach is the popular restaurant where Fiorelli is chef/owner.
Along with top celeb-chefs will be a full lineup of San Diego restaurants, including delectable eats from Puesto, Bottega Americano, Buona Forchetta, Jsix, Jake's Del Mar, Saiko Sushi, Searsucker, Jinya Ramen, Bobboi Natural Gelato, and many more.