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Chef Information

Show off your creative flair by preparing a 4-course meal for 8 guests amongst other local chefs for one evening!

Each chef will be asked to prepare a 4-course meal on Thursday, October 21st for a table of 8 people and coordinate with a local designer to collaborate on the tablescape design to match the culinary theme.

We ask each chef to provide the following:

  • All necessary servers and kitchen helpers
  • Food for 8 people
  • All serving ware, cookware, plate ware, silverware, warmers, and anything else needed to cook and plate meals for guests. *OKC Zoo has tableware available for use.

We will provide the following for each chef:

  • Dollies for unloading
  • Two 8’ prep tables


Each chef will have their own 20-amp circuit.


  • There will be a cocktail hour from 5:30 to 7:00 with a Host Bar.
  • Each table will have a bottle of red and a bottle of white pre-set on the table, provided by Focus on Home.
  • Chefs are also encouraged to pair courses with specialty wine, beer, or custom cocktail.

Prepping and Cooking

  • Two 8ft. prep tables will be provided for each chef next to the guest’s table.
  • Cooking capabilities will be limited to anything you can warm up via hot plate, heat lamp, crock-pot, and/or disposable food warmer. ***OPEN FLAMES ARE NOT PERMITTED UNLESS IT IS A STERNO***
  • Chefs are able to grill or prepare specialty items in Zoo kitchen, however, space is limited and must be approved before the event.
  • Limited electrical access will be provided. Extension cords must be provided by the Designer/Chef Team.
  • Ice and water will be available to chefs in the Zoo kitchen.


There will be a parking lot available at the back of the zoo, close to the venue.

Information Needed from Your Team:

Please Return This Completed Information, along with your Menu & Chef Photo to Joli Sanders: or 405.426.2646 NO LATER than Monday, September 20th.


  • Does Chef need access to one 20-amp circuit?
  • Does Design Team need access to a shared 20-amp circuit?


  • If you provide your own table, please let us know if it will seat: 8 guests
  • If you would like us to provide a table, which would you prefer?
    • Rectangle – 8’ x 30”
    • Round – 60” round or 72” round
    • Serpentine – 60”


  • Are you providing your own linens?
  • Would you like us to provide a linen for your table? If yes, Zoo has these available upon request: Color?
  • Please indicate the linen for your appropriate table size/style:
    • Rectangle – 90” x 132” Black Polyester
    • Round – 90” Black Polyester
    • Serpentine–Black Spandex


  • Are you providing your own chairs?
  • If you would like us to provide chairs for you, which of the following would you prefer and how many?
    • Mahogany Padded Garden Chair
    • White Padded Garden Chair
    • Black Padded Garden Chair


  • Footprint – What dimensions are needed for your space?
  • Structures – Please tell us what items will be added to your space so that we can plan accordingly such as:
    • Walls/Framing structures
    • Fountains
    • Lighting Stands
    • Any Closed Off Sides (Please describe)

Name of Your Design/Culinary Theme

Design Concept Statement (2 to 3 sentences)

Chef Bio (2 to 3 sentences)


Chef Photo

List of Design Team Contributors/Participants

Please Return This Completed Information, along with your Menu & Chef Photo to Joli Sanders: or 405.426.2646 NO LATER than Monday, September 20th.


For questions about chef participation, please contact Joli Sanders: or 405.426.2646.

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