This month, Cooks Who Care will bring together 14 Philly-area chefs for Philly Art & Food, the organization's cooking competition with a cause.

Set for Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at Coda (1712 Walnut St.), this year's Philly Art & Food event has a Latino focus, with chefs offering up their best Latino-artist-inspired dishes for judging. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Taller Puertorriqueño, a local organization that works to preserve Latino and Puerto Rican culture in the Philadelphia area.

At the event, a judges panel will decided on this year's Singer Equipment Culinary Champion and Amoretti Pastry Champion awards. Guests, meanwhile, can sample dishes and vote in two people's choice awards: Best Table Presentation and Best Flavor Composition.

The chef lineup, per a Facebook event posting, is as follows:

  • Ange Branca (Saté Kampar)
  • Jessica Gaspero (The Farm and Fisherman)
  • Adan Trinidad (Jose, Sancho Pistola's)
  • Maranda Burns (Vedge)
  • Alex Boonphaya (Circles Thai)
  • Malik Ali (Neuf)
  • Adam Diltz (Johnny Brenda's)
  • Jennifer Fear Zavala (private chef)
  • Angela Ranalli Cicala (Brigantessa, Le Virtù)
  • Ted Torres (Coa Catering)
  • Marqessa Gesualdi (pastry chef)
  • Stephanie Musick (Valley Green Inn)
  • Eric Leveillee (Whetstone Tavern)
  • Alex Busch (Whetstone Tavern)

Judges, meanwhile, include Eater Philly editor Alex Tewfik, Geno's Steaks owner Geno Vento, and Flying Fish Crafthouse chef Brian Duffy, among others.

In addition to the competition, Philly Art & Food will also feature live Parranda music (a kind of caroling), cocktails, and coffee and espresso from Top Hat Espresso.

Tickets, available online now, run $55 in advance or $65 at the door, and include a complimentary beer or glass of wine. Organizers are also hosting a ticket giveaway via social media.