Our Chef-Chairs

SugaChef Desserts

How do you find your voice and express yourself when you are the youngest of seven children? The answer: You take a lifelong passion, and turn it into a sweet, artistic success! Executive Pastry Chef Padua Player, also known as SugaChef, has been praised for his work by Vice President Biden, featured on WE TV’s Platinum Weddings and was a competitor on Food Network’s Sweet Genius and Holiday Baking Championship.

Chef Padua won the 2013 Capital Food Fight’s High Stakes Cake Battle in DC, hosted by Duff Goldman. Following that success, he returned in 2014 and 2015 as a celebrity chef judge and appeared on Cooking Channel’s Cake Hunters in 2018. He has his own line of gourmet desserts and has provided his sweet delicacies to countless celebrity clientele.

Chef Padua also lends his time and pastry talents to DC Central Kitchen and Best Buddies International. DC Central Kitchen trains unemployed adults for culinary careers, prepares healthy school meals and rebuilds urban food systems through social enterprise. Best Buddies International is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement by creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrating employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is Chef-Chair and a celebrity judge for Central Union Mission’s HeArt & Sole charity event.

Judges for the HeArt & Sole event.

Food and Drink Writer

Tim Ebner is a food and drink writer. He has contributed to The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Eater, Edible, and Thrillist. He lives on Capitol Hill and is from Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2018, Tim won a "Best Food Feature" award from the Society for Features Journalism. His ideal meal is a bushel of crabs doused in Old Bay seasoning. For more food fun, follow him on Instagram or Twitter.

Stay tuned to meet the rest of the HeArt & Sole chefs soon.

Meet the renowned chefs who dedicated their time and culinary talents to make HeArt & Sole 2017 such a life-changing event.


Ama's Catering Experience

SpyceCo, LLC

Damian the Chef

RockSolid Creative
Food Group

Mixxer’s Kitchen, Washington, D.C.

Dyvine BBQ in Motion

Effie’s Caterers and Special Events

Capitol Hill Crabcakes

Pretty and Delicious

Chef of the Hill

Yum Couture

None Sweeter Personal Chef Services

Corporate Chef, International Gourmet Foods

The Mission Kitchen

Executive Chef of Barcelona Wine Bar

Keep it Tasteful, LLC

SugaChef Desserts

Tam's Kitchen Personal Chef Services
Richmond, VA

Simply Cakelicious

ISHA Global Events

Ready to Succeed/ Ready2Cook Program at Central Union Mission

Chef Monique Woodland

Central Union Mission

Central Union Mission Chefs