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The History of Chefs of Compassion


Celebrity chefs, cooking tournaments, and foodie blogs are all the rage in popular culture - so imagine an event that combines the excitement and fun of a celebrity cooking competition with an opportunity to support a local non-profit. All this and more can be found at Chefs of Compassion: Cooking for a Cause, a fundraiser in support of West Valley Community Services (WVCS). In light of COVID-19, this year we are presenting Chefs of Compassion experience as a virtual gala.

WVCS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has been providing supportive services to low-income and homeless individuals and families in Santa Clara County for over 48 years. With a service area that includes the 22,000 men, women and children living in poverty in Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, West San Jose, Monte Sereno, and the surrounding mountain regions, WVCS partners with local government, community donors and volunteers, and foundations to provide food, housing, referrals, and case management to men, women and children facing food and housing insecurity.


Now entering its 10th year, Chefs of Compassion is a unique and most popular charity benefit event that invites well-known professional chefs from throughout Silicon Valley to each prepare one of a three-course dinner inspired by ingredients found in the WVCS food pantry. Participating chefs are judged virtually during the event on taste, appearance, and creativity, with a special Audience Favorite award, voted on by the attendees.

In addition to a delicious dinner and wine, the event also includes stories from some of WVCS’s clients and a silent auction with exclusive travel, food, and sports experiences. 

Past chefs have represented some of the finest dining and food experiences in our region, including chefs from Alexander's Steak House, Manresa, Alex Hult - owner, and ex-chef of Hult Restuarant, Chefs from Google, La Viga restaurant, Cin Cin Bar, Vin Santo, Flights, AXL Gastropub, and many more.

We hope you will participate and join us in the fight to prevent hunger and homelessness.


We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email at  We hope you will join us for this exciting event.

The WVCS Team

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