Debbie Donato will be celebrity judge for Culinary Champion competition to find the area’s BEST SEAFOOD!

Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce a celebrity judge May 21 in Yorkville for the BEST SEAFOOD competition.  Debbie Donato is a certified judge by the World Food Championships and Kansas City BBQ Society. Debbie recently judged four food categories in Las Vegas at the World Food Championships and in January was a guest judge at the Culinary Fight Club in Chicago.

Debbie will be joined by the host judge Mayor Gary Golinski, President Matt Brolley of Montgomery and a representative of Aurora. The competition will be held at the Hampton Inn 310 E. Countryside Pkwy., Yorkville on Thursday, May 21 starting at 6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

All restaurants in Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Hinckley, Montgomery, North Aurora, Plano, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Yorkville are invited to participate. The seafood entered MUST be a regular menu item.  To enter, email Mike Pfeiffer at  Only the first ten to apply will compete.

The Illinois Restaurant Association will officiate over the judging process and declare the winner.

The next competition will be held at Montgomery Park to find the area’s best BBQ.  It will be Thursday June 11 starting at 5:00 pm. 

The CULINARY CHAMPIONS along with the 1st & 2nd runners up each month will be featured in a new travel itinerary that will be used to make the Aurora Area a culinary destination for the traveling public.

For more information about the competition go to: