CAA Lion Chef Challenge Pilot



Join CAA NorCal, Columbia SoCal, CAA Taiwan & CAA Singapore as we kick off the inaugural episode of the CAA Lion Chef Challenge.

Show Time (Check your time zone)

Time Zone California New York Singapore/Taipei
Date December 4 December 4 December 5
Time 7:00 PM 10:00 PM 11:00 AM



Dan Li (VP, CAA NorCal) EN'91
  • Serial entrepreneur/commercial real estate financier
  • “Naturally talented” foodie/home cook (self-proclaimed) 
  • Has been cooking since growing up as a teenager in NYC!
  • Immense experience turning every single cut of beef into stunning, restaurant-quality dishes for the holidays!!! 
  • Prior to entering into the Lion Chef competition, had never made Beef Wellington before

Alex Hsu (CAA Taiwan) EN'93, SIPA'94
  • Former I-banking slave turned professional chef
  • Trained at Le Cordon Bleu (Paris) & Gastronomicom (Provence), where he learnt the most salient parts of the French vocabulary from being yelled at by chefs half his age
  • Chef / owner of the most authentic French Bistro in Taipei (“Best Bouillabaisse in town”, not self-proclaimed), luckily closed before COVID
  • Currently a newbie YouTuber (please subscribe and watch to help fund newborn son’s formula, as well as future tuition at Columbia)
  • Frequently made Beef Wellington for Christmas Special Menu


Christian Loredo (Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, CAA NorCal) EN'93
  • Seasoned “eater” and admirer of fine food, though questionable chef
  • Trained by watching Food Network shows; then ordering DoorDash
  • Consumer Software techie by day, Consumer of food by night
  • Argentine by birth,  loves English Premier League (Chelsea!) and all well-played soccer, coaches and referees Youth Soccer 


Mark Clemente (VP, CAA Singapore) CC'08
  • Former Co-Captain and #1 tennis player for Columbia Men's Varsity Men's Tennis Team (2004-2008) 
  • Currently serves as the Vice President for the Columbia Alumni Club of Singapore 
  • Sports Marketing/Events Manager by day and private-dinning home cook by night! 
  • Native New Yorker, but have been living in Singapore since end-2013 (7 years now). 
  • Filipino-American, enjoys experimenting cooking with various cuisines, but loves to serve authentic Filipino food at home for friends here in Singapore 
  • Highly competitive and excited for this upcoming competition - so will do everything possible to get the W! ;p

Recipes (Still figuring it out)

Dan's Beef Wellington

Alex's Beef Wellington

Christian's Empanadas

Auntie Roara's Traditional Chicken Curry and Chill Crab Puff


Additional Event Details     

  1. Participating CAA Chapters including CAA NorCal, CAA SoCal, CAA Singapore, CAA Taiwan, and other chapters in US, Mexico and Asia 
  2. Participants will be asked to vote on the winner of each round at the end of the event
  3. Judging criteria:   
    1. Technique 
    2. Creativity
    3. Use of secret ingredients 
    4. Chef’s explanation on dish background/variation/preparation 
    5. Presentation/plating 
  4. Recipes will be distributed to event participants one week prior to the event
  5. "Lessons learned by a home cook" will be distributed to event participants
  6. Q&A/Social session at conclusion of the event


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December 05, 2020 at 11:00am - 12pm