Fifth Annual Top Chef of Polk County Event To Benefit Achievement Academy

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LAKELAND, FL (October 24, 2018) – Achievement Academy’s fifth annual Top Chef of Polk County event will take place on Monday, February 25, 2019 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

There will be a tasting of signature dishes from Polk County’s leading chefs while raising much needed funds for children with special needs.

Twelve local chefs will create and prepare their signature dish (tapas style) accompanied with a wine or libation that complements the flavors of the dish. All guests will have the opportunity to try all of the chef’s signature dishes.

Guests will judge each chef on their creation to award the title of “Top Chef of Polk County 2019.” In addition, guests will rate each dining station to award the “Top Table Décor.” The chef who raises the most funds for Achievement Academy through their donated auction item’s and online voting will earn the “Top Philanthropic Chef” award. Chef Patrick Schaefer from Patio850 was awarded “Top Chef of Polk County 2018” and will try to win the title again in 2019.

We are proud to announce our participating chefs for this year’s event:

Chefs Vernon Allen & William Ball, Cob & Pen
Chef Brandon Bailey, Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland

Chef Jeff Conley, Publix Aprons Cooking School

Chef Wayne Haggard, Spectra/RP Funding Center
Chefs Bobby King & Joel Vann, Lakeland BBQ Company

Chef James Lazaros, La Imperial Bakery

Chef Anthony Pineda, Cuban B’s Burger Bazaar & Bake Shack
Chef Steven Rojas, Nutwood

Chef Patrick Schaefer, Patio850 “Top Chef of Polk County 2018”
Chef Abigale Weech-Starkey, The Chop Shop

Chef Jose Vicente, Brasa Latina

Chef Chris Worley, Terrie Lobb Catering,

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit or contact Stacy Williams-Myers, CFRE at 863-683-6504 or















Top Chef of Polk County 2018