Top Chef: Downtown Iowa City

Monday, February 28th, 5:00-8:00pm

The Iowa City Downtown District is excited to announce the return of Top Chef: Downtown in-person event. For 2022, the event will return to the traditional in-person night on Monday, February 28th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Graduate Iowa City.
In addition to welcoming back the in-person event, From our Top Chefs to Your Kitchen take-home meal boxes will be available. The take-home experience provides purchasers the ability to enjoy a 5-course meal and 4 drinks curated and prepped by downtown chefs.
Top Chef: Downtown, sponsored by Hills Bank and Performance Food Group, is Downtown Iowa City’s most popular and beloved annual culinary event. Downtown and Northside Marketplace restaurants prepare signature dishes from some of the area’s favorite restaurants, while area mixologists craft exquisite cocktails. This year, we are adding a barista category to the menu to represent downtown coffee shops! The title “Top Chef” is awarded by a panel of culinary experts and all guests can weigh in to determine the People’s Choice winner!


Tickets for the in-person event will go on sale on January 5th at 7 am online. Tickets are individual and required for entrance into the event.

Ticket buyers will enjoy access to 17 food booths and 10 mixology stations. Attendees can sample as many or as few of the items as desired.

*Please be sure to review the Event FAQ & Safety at Top Chef sections BEFORE purchasing tickets.


In addition to the in-person event, Top Chef: Downtown 2022 will also continue to offer a limited number of take-home boxes.

The box is built for two people to enjoy and will include:

  • 5-course meal to make at home (4 dishes, plus a dessert)
  • 4 Drinks
  • Each course will include all ingredients, recipes, and/or instructions for each dish. (*Please note that each restaurant will prepare things differently so, some courses may be as simple as bake in the oven, while others may require more steps and time to prepare)

Only 100 boxes will be available for purchase this year. The Top Chef: Downtown boxes will be available for pick-up or can be delivered for an additional fee on the dates listed below. The official list of participating restaurants and menu items will be announced in February.

  • Tuesday, February 8th
  • Wednesday, February 9th

Thank You 2022 Sponsors