Butcher’s Challenge

Join Visit Sacramento and America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital at the 2017 Farm-to-Fork Festival Sept. 23 for a preview of what Danny Johnson and Team USA will be doing in the World Butcher Challenge as Sacramento’s top chefs compete in a butchering challenge at 2 p.m. on the Visit Sacramento Stage.

Meet the competitors:

Ravin Patel, Chief Culinary Officer for Selland Family Restaurant Group

Patel has been in the culinay industry since age 12 and only took on his career as a chef after completing a degree in finance at UC Davis. Whileattending the French Culinary Institute of New York, Patel spent time working at French restaurant Montrachet, getting a glimpse at fine dining. That has served him well since joining the Selland Restaurant Group in 2009, taking over as executive chef at Ella Dining Room and Bar in 2013.

In March 2014, Patel became executive chef for the Selland Family Restaurant Group, doing everything from supporting staff and cooking at each restaurant, to ensuring that each concept is connected under the umbrella of the restaurant group.

Chef Brock Macdonald, Executive Chef, Lowbrau

MacDonald grew up in San Luis Obispo/Paso Robles, starting his Culinary Career at the age of 13 at the Restaurant Lakeshore Café on Lake Naciemento. He moved up to Sacramento in 2003 when he was 17 and worked at many restaurants in the city until finding his home working for Kurt Spataro at Spataro and Brian Mizner at Masque Restaurante.

His first chef position was held at Bella Bru/Luna Lounge in Carmichael at the age of 22, from there he moved around in Sacramento working for Rick Mahan at Onespeed and then landed at Tuli Bistro and Restaurant Thir13en where he honed his charcuterie skills that landed him the position at Block Butcher Bar. Currently he is the Executive Chef of Block Butcher Bar and Lowbrau Bier Hall as well as the Brand Ambassador for both of the businesses in the Golden 1 Arena. Brock created all the sausages and salumi that are available in both establishments. He enjoys cooking/working and spending his time off with his two sons Kingston and Dublin.