Five Star Food Fight Presented by Springer Mountain Farms Chicken



CHATTANOOGA MARKET, SUNDAY, JULY 30th—One of our most anticipated annual “foodie” events of the season…Local chefs compete live at the Chattanooga Market under the pressure of patrons watching their every move. Five local chefs are chosen to compete in this event where they will have to be creative, quick-thinking and woo our judges.

It’s the culminating event of Chattanooga Magazine’s Restaurant Week (July 24th-30th), designed to celebrate & support our local food scene: the chefs, farms and the original restaurants in greater Chattanooga. (Check here for participating restaurants).

2016 FiveStar Food Fight Champion Patrick Halloran of Hummingbird Pastaria

The FiveStar Food Fight starts when the chefs arrive early, just before the Market opens, taking time to methodically set up their cooking stations equipped with their own knives, cooking supplies…and their best game. At 11:30 it’s time for them to shop for the fresh ingredients they will need to complete their main dish. The chefs are also given approximately 2 lbs of fresh Springer Mountain Farms chicken—the cuts are a complete surprise. Patrons are encouraged to watch & follow as the chefs choose amongst the freshest fruits, vegetables, spices, cheeses and more—right at the Market—to make their dish remarkable.

From about 12:00 till 2:00pm market-goers will watch the chefs demonstrate their culinary skills using FiveStar cooking ranges and presenting their dishes to our panel of judges.

Chattanooga Market proudly announces the return of Cast Iron Cook-Off emcee and Nashville-based “good food guru,” Dyan Damron. She will give our audience the play-by-play on what each chef is preparing, their ingredients and provide personal interviews from each.

It’s an exciting food event for everyone. See how shopping for local foods can easily, and affordably, be turned into something yummy and amazing!


Philippe Gehin – Mountain Cove Grill

Ben Park – Easy Bistro & Bar 

Patrick Halloran – Hummingbird Pastaria

Cliff Phillips – Feed Table & Tavern

Tanner Marino – Broad Street Grille


A panel of judges will determine the winner who will receive bragging rights, as well as, a “golden ticket” to the 2017 World Food Championships.

2017 Sponsors

The Chattanooga Market is made possible by the generous support of Erlanger Health Systems, First Tennessee Foundation, EPB Fiber Optics, Mountain View Auto Group, Springer Mountain Farms, Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling, Bahakel Communications, WTCI (PBS), Chattanooga Times-Free Press and Chattanooga Magazine.

About Us

Chattanooga Market is the region’s largest producer-only marketplace.  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity (Public Markets, Inc.), we were established to provide healthy, fresh produce, artisan foods, as well as locally-produced arts and craft wares to Chattanoogans and community visitors. We offer entrepreneurs who are hand-making, growing or otherwise creating their own goods a low-cost environment to start, grow and expand their business.

Through our weekly public markets, we encourage commerce, entertainment and trade in downtown Chattanooga and the surrounding region, and have become an icon for the city in terms of cultural diversity, tourism and economic impact. Frommer’s has named us as one of the Top Ten Best Public Markets in America, and Fox News selected our Chattanooga Oktoberfest® as one of the Best Family-Friendly Oktoberfests in the U.S.

Currently, we operate 4 weekly Public Markets: New in 2016, we are open at Cambridge Square in Ooltewah for Friday Night Markets during the summer months and Collegedale Market will be opening in 2018! Our Chattanooga River Market is open Saturdays for an artists Market, downtown at the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza.  And celebrating its 17th season at the First Tennessee Pavilion, Chattanooga Market is open on Sundays during regular season. Each Market has its own flair, personality and offerings.

At our Public Markets, we host a multitude of local charities throughout the season including, but not limited to, United Way Chattanooga, Erlanger Foundation, Austin Hatcher Foundation, Chambliss Children’s Home and Chattanooga Food Bank. In many cases we provide the platform for their annual fundraising efforts, which have become signature community events, held at Chattanooga Market.  In 2015, our total charitable impact was over $200,000.

In giving back to the artistic community, in 2012 we conceptualized Chattanooga WorkSpace – a facility which offers creative professionals private studios space, open galleries for their works and a community to collaborate within. We host daily and monthly events at Chattanooga WorkSpace, inspiring creatives and informing the greater community about their endeavors.

Governed by a Board of Directors, we have a staff of eight full-time employees and a seasonal support team of nearly three-dozen. We do not receive any local government funding, but primarily rely on the fees from our vendors, members and sponsors to fulfill our mission.

We are grateful to be supported by the following organizations: First Tennessee Foundation, EPB Fiber Optics, Mountain View Auto Group, Erlanger Health System and the Tennessee Aquarium.


The Chattanooga Market is in the ℹ️ First Tennessee Pavilion just across the street from Finley Stadium.

Our address is 1829 Carter Street, Chattanooga TN 37408.

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