Local chefs making an impact on Nashville’s culinary scene are going head-to-head at Music City Chef Throwdown to benefit Martha O’Bryan Center. Unique from other food events, NextUP – Martha O’Bryan Center Ambassadors challenges Nashville chefs to showcase how an amazing meal can be made with the simplest of ingredients. Chefs receive a list of low-cost, widely available ingredients.

Local food experts will choose a champion and guests will choose their favorite dish. Guests enjoy a sample from each chef team, no crowds or waiting in line, and “front row” access to the action.

Music City Chef Throwdown is the annual fundraiser produced by NextUP benefiting Martha O’Bryan Center.

About NextUP

NextUP – Martha O’Bryan Center Ambassadors is a service-focused Nashville professionals group devoted to awareness, fundraising, and volunteering for the Martha O’Bryan Center. NextUP is made up of 18 young to mid-career professionals. Learn more about this year’s team of NextUP Ambassadors at

About Martha O’Bryan Center

Martha O’Bryan Center is an anti-poverty non-profit organization founded in 1894, serving East Nashville and the city core. The Center provides twenty programs at 11 sites to more than 10,000 individuals and families in poverty each year. Focused on high-quality public education, employment training and placement, and wrap-around family services, Martha O’Bryan Center works to “break the line of poverty” in Nashville. Learn more Martha O’Bryan Center at

Volunteer Positions Available – sign up HERE!

  • Event Set-Up
  • Check-In Desk
  • Judge Volunteer
  • Chef Volunteer
  • Reception Volunteer