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Coachella Unveils Its Chef Lineup for 2016

A lineup of kitchen rockstars at the annual music festival, spanning two weekends in April

A long tableclothed-table full of diners in an outdoor field
Outstanding in the Field at Coachella
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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Today Coachella announced their chef lineup for Outstanding in the Field, their unique dinnertime setup in the VIP Rose Garden that will showcase a trio of chefs for every evening of the music festival spanning two weekends.

This year's chef headliners include Nyesha Arrington (Eater LA's 2015 Chef of the Year), Chris Oh (Hanjip, Seoul Sausage), Antonia Lofaso (Scopa), and Michael Voltaggio (ink) from Los Angeles.

The reach has expanded to other parts of the country, with Jonathan Sawyer coming in from Cleveland, Jamie DeRosa from Izzy's Fish & Oyster in Miami, and Bradley Kilgore (Eater Miami's 2014 Chef of the Year) from Alter, also in Miami. Also a new addition to this year's lineup, they'll feature a trio of chefs from Mexico: Daniel Ovadia (Nudo Negro) Jose Manuel Manos, and Francisco Ruano (Alcalde).

While the greater lineup of food vendors is scheduled to be announced later this month, Coachella has decided it is going to boast their chef-driven lineup first. Last year, heavy hitters Roy Choi, Eggslut, 800 Degrees, and Sugarfish's Kazunori headlined the food vendors at the annual music festival.

The full lineup of chefs is listed below by evening. If you haven't been able to nab a ticket to the festival, you can order a bundle that includes a pass, plus a seat at one of the dinners. If you already have a pass to event, you can also purchase individual seats for each of the Outstanding in the Field dinners. The cost for the individual dinners run $225 per person, while a general admission pass plus a seat at one of the dinners costs $624. You can even nab a prized VIP pass through this method, which includes a dinner seat — that ticket runs $1124.

Weekend 1

Friday April 15, 2016: Nyesha Arrington, Antonia Lofaso, Elia Page (neé Abroumrad)

Saturday April 16, 2016: Michael Hung, Chris Oh, Kris Morningstar

Sunday April 17, 2016: Daniel Ovadia, Jose Manuel Manos, Francisco Ruano

Weekend 2

Friday April 22, 2016: Tal Ronnen, Michael Voltaggio, third chef TBA

Saturday April 23, 2016: Steven Fretz, Brendan Collins, Lincoln Carson

Sunday April 24, 2016: Jamie DeRosa, Jonathan Sawyer, Bradley Kilgore