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PFG Chef Honored As People’s Choice Winner at 2022 Chef Invitational


Chef Robert Stegall-Smith’s unique take on pizza chosen as crowd favorite

Performance Food Group Company (PFG) (NYSE: PFGC) Corporate Chef Robert Stegall-Smith was recently honored as the People’s Choice winner at the 2022 Chef Invitational hosted by California Giant Berry Farms. The Chef Invitational is a culinary competition where chefs from across the country submit an innovative, original recipe showing the versatility of fresh berries. Chef Stegall-Smith won the taste buds of the public with his imaginative Giant Berry Pizza with Triple Berry Chipotle Sauce and Strawberry “Pepperoni” recipe. ​​​​​​​

PFG Chef Robert Stegall-Smith with his People's Choice award and winning dish. (Photo: Business Wire)

PFG Chef Robert Stegall-Smith with his People's Choice award and winning dish. (Photo: Business Wire)

Selected as the best dish by event attendees, Chef Stegall-Smith took home a $500 cash prize accompanied by a matching grant to his selected non-profit organization, Palmetto Place Children and Youth Services, in Columbia, SC.

“Events like the Chef Invitational really make you focus and ask yourself how do I make these core items stand out on a plate,” said Chef Robert. “Just look at the creative dishes from this year’s group of talented chefs: all different, but all were an innovative use of berries. Trust me when I say there are chefs out there watching this competition and already planning for next year.”

Chef Robert joined other event finalists and was honored at a special event held Aug. 29-31, 2022 and hosted by California Giant Berry Farms.

Corporate chefs are ambassadors for PFG and provide a unique, value-added benefit for customers. By providing culinary support through assistance with recipe and menu creation, training on how best to use PFG-branded products and ensuring PFG customers understand the latest in culinary trends, PFG corporate chefs help restaurants continue to perform at a high level and attract customers.

About Performance Food Group Company

Performance Food Group is an industry leader and one of the largest food and foodservice distribution companies in North America with more than 150 locations in the U.S. and parts of Canada. Founded and headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, PFG, and our family of companies, market and deliver quality food and related products to 300,000+ locations including independent and chain restaurants; businesses, schools and healthcare facilities; vending and office coffee service distributors; and big box retailers, theaters and convenience stores. PFG’s success as a Fortune 200 company is achieved through our more than 35,000 dedicated associates committed to building strong relationships with the valued customers, suppliers and communities we serve. To learn more about PFG, visit

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Source: Performance Food Group Company