11th Annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge Presented by TCMA


Tickets for 2019 event on sale Friday, February 1. 

The Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA is an annual gathering of embassy chefs from around the world, coming together to showcase the unique flavors of their home countries. The friendly, culinary competition will feature an expected 30+ chefs in 2019, creating a truly global, immersive foodie experience only possible in Washington, DC. 

Attendees will travel the world with their taste buds, sampling authentic bites and beverages from the participating nations. Competing chefs will battle it out to win the coveted People’s Choice Awards, chosen by attendee votes, and the Judges’ Choice Awards, selected by a panel of influential members of the diplomatic and culinary communities. The PepsiCo Best Beverage Award will be bestowed upon the embassy that presents the best native drink, whether wine, beer, cocktail or mocktail. 

In addition to promoting culinary diplomacy, the event highlights some of metropolitan Washington’s awe-inspiring international musicians, dancers and singers. In previous years, performances have included traditional Turkish and Chinese dancers, Russian violinists, drummers from Cameroon, and Brazilian samba artists. 

Chefs are already hard at work creating recipes for this year’s competition, and guests can look forward to dishes like last year’s People’s and Judges’ Choice winning Sisig, from the Embassy of the Philippines, or Drunken Bajan Lemonade from the Embassy of Barbados, which was named the evening’s best beverage.

Embassies currently confirmed to participate include: The Bahamas, Bangladesh, The Republic of Cameroon, El Salvador, Georgia, The Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
5:30 p.m. – VIP Early Admission
6:30 p.m. – General Admission

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 
Atrium and Atrium Hall
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460

General Admission
– starting at $75.00

  • Admission to the Chef Challenge to sample all the chef-prepared sips and bites and watch the live performances.

VIP – starting at $145.00

  • Admission to the Chef Challenge to sample all the chef-prepared sips and bites and watch the live performances.
  • One-hour early access to the Chef Challenge to mingle with chefs. 
  • Exclusive lounge seating with dedicated open bar throughout the evening.

Stella Artois VIP Package – starting at $160.00

  • The package includes all the benefits of the VIP package as well as a limited-edition Stella Artois Chalice and combative box that can be picked up at the event.
  • A portion of the proceeds from the package will be donated to, which provides 5 year of clean water to individuals without access.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit  

About Events DC

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that hosts more than 1.7 million visitors and generates more than $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus (RFK Campus), including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Stay current on the 190-acre RFK Campus Redevelopment Project at Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Events DC manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and the Entertainment and Sports Arena (, all conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit and find us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (Events DC), and Twitter (@TheEventsDC).

About Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC)
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is a dynamic hub for government, commerce, culture and community, in the heart of the nation’s capital. As the first and only federal building dedicated to both public and private use, the Reagan Building is DC’s premier venue for hosting influential conferences and events and as the World Trade Center Washington, DC offers a powerful forum for international trade promotion. It's where leaders lead, where nations and cultures connect, and where events matter. Visit for more information.

About TCMA (A Drew Company)
TCMA is the exclusive manager of Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC). TCMA’s team excels in delivering unparalleled service and expertise in Real-Estate Development, Leasing, Building Operations, Hospitality Services, and International Trade Promotion. For more information, please visit