Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 17th annual 50 Men Who Cook event!

50 Men Who Cook 2021 Chef Winners


1st Place – Dylan Ingersoll, Buffalo Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls

2nd Place – George Papagiotopoulos, Chilled Avocado Soup w/Poached Shrimp

3rd Place – Brent O’Daniell, Bourbon Glazed Smoked Pork Belly Bites

Side Dish:

1st Place – Ray Hernandez, Mexican Street Corn (Eloté )

2nd Place – Jake Warner, Cornbread Casserole

3rd Place – Steve Wilder, Orange Cranberry Scones


1st Place – Eddie Valdez, Carnitas Perfección

2nd Place – Mat Wantland, Mat’s Smokin’ Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

3rd Place – Gavin’s Portable Tasties


1st Place – Ted Rosenow, Pistachio Delight

2nd Place – Brian Cada, Brian’s Bourbon Bacon Cake’n

3rd Place – Marc Hooks and Dan Templin, Lemon Heaven Bar


People’s Choice Award – Al Ratliff/Obscurity Brewing, Smoked Beef Brisket

1st Place – Chad Warborg/Tapa La Luna, Lobster Bisque w/Toast Points

2nd Place – Al Ratliff/Obscurity Brewing, Smoked Beef Brisket

3rd Place – Lodi Tap House, Bacon Jam and Goat Cheese Slider

Learn More

What: CASA’s signature fundraising event, 50 Men Who Cook, is held annually in August at NIU’s Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. Save the date for the 18th annual event on August 13, 2022! The evening includes a sampling of home-cooked favorites, cash bar, entertainment, and raffle prizes.

Where: NIU’s Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center

Who: 50 Men Who Cook is open to the public. Invite your friends and family along!

Why: To raise money to support CASA’s work of advocating for abused and neglected children in DeKalb County. Who Benefits?

When: August 13, 2022, 6-9 PM

How: Ticket information for 50 Men Who Cook 2022 will be available Spring 2022.

COVID-19 Guidelines:

  • Any applicable COVID-19 guidelines will be announced closer to the 18th annual event.
 For questions or more information, email or call 815-895-2052.

PROMO VIDEO for the 17th annual 50 Men Who Cook!

Thank you to our 2021 Corporate Sponsors!

Five-Star Sponsors
First Midwest Bank logo
Shaw Media Logo

Top Chef Sponsors

Iron Chef Sponsors
Assistant Chef Sponsors

Anderson Funeral Home | Blumen Gardens | Brian Bemis Automotive Group | Curran Contracting Company | Dairy Ripple | Heartland Bank and Trust | Lehan Drugs | Resource Bank | Rose Law | Stark and Son Trenching, Inc. | Sycamore Dentistree

Participating Sponsors

Almburg Farms & Trucking LLC | The Nancy Watson Team – Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group

“It’s just such a worthy cause and it’s great to see the community come out and support it.” – 50 Men Chef