The Fred Hall Shows have been an important part of the Fishing, Hunting, Boating, and Outdoor Recreation Travel community in Southern California for almost three-quarters of a century. The 74th annual Fred Hall Show at the Long Beach Convention Center brought enormous joy to both exhibitors and attendees. Since then we have tried hard to produce the 44th annual Fred Hall Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Unfortunately due to the closure of the Del Mar Fairgrounds we are unable to keep our May dates and circumstances prevent us from being able to announce a firm new date at this time. We are determined to keep trying. Look for us to be back at the fairgrounds in the Fall. Stay updated at to find out more about “ Hall in the Fall”!

What the Heck’s A Costa Sporting Chef Cafe?


Two decades ago I was introduced to a guy named Scott Leysath.  Scott came out of the food and beverage and restaurant businesses.  He began in 1978 and at one point ran a chain of 33 restaurants. Scott was an avid hunter.  People used to come into his restaurant called Peter B’s and say that the game cooked there always tasted better than what they did at home so would have people bring in their game and they would cook it for them.

Scott Leysath The Sporting Chef
Scott Leysath

Scott was not a classically trained chef but he was around classically trained chefs for many years.  After closely observing these chefs he figured out that he could prepare fish and game as well, or better than, most of these “classically” trained cooks. Hence, the invention of Scott Leysath, “The Sporting Chef”.  Scott has spent most of the intervening years as a television celebrity chef, The Sporting Chef, who travels around the world cooking fish and game.  Scott is in great demand at corporate events and his recipes are world-famous.  He has had two very successful shows in recent years:  “The Sporting Chef” and “Dead Meat”.  Both shows are currently airing on the Sportsman’s Channel. I don’t know if Scott came up with the name “Dead Meat” but it wouldn’t surprise me.  His sense of humor is dry and “wicked”.  Scott makes most people laugh all of the time.  He has the ability to make the preparation of fish and game seem easy.  His recipes are delicious and fun to make.

In 2013 Costa sunglasses became a show sponsor of the Fred Hall Shows and they proudly sponsor the Sporting Chef Café, featuring, who else, Scott

Gary Schiebler
Gary Shiebler

Leysath.  Scott is teamed up with his musician sidekick Gary Shiebler.  Together, they are the anchors of the Costa Sporting Chef Café.  Several times each day Scott and Gary will entertain patrons to the Costa Café.  Gary plays music, they banter back and forth, Scott makes fun of Gary while he is cooking fish and game.  Scott will prepare 5 or 6 different recipes during each session.  Gary will take each preparation and give samples to all of the patrons until the food is gone.

Each hour something will be going on at the Costa Sporting Chef Café.  If it’s not Scott and Gary it will be Tommy Gomes.  Tommy is also a chef but what he will be doing is teaching you how to properly fillet and prepare fish for cooking.  Tommy is part of Catalina Offshore Products and he is in charge of their consumer division.  He calls himself their “fishmonger”.  Tommy is out there educating people about sustainable fishing and what that really means.  He’ll tell you what fish are good and what fish come from the “black market”.  Ask him some questions when you attend his presentation.  When it comes to commercial fish and commercial fishing Tommy is the ultimate expert.

Filling out the schedule will be another Chef, Ken Gardon.  Ken will be making delicious fish recipes, from the fish that Tommy brings to the party.  Ken’s main business is SeaDek/Blue Seas Fabricating.  Ken can make any old boat look like new with his fabulous SeaDek product.  Ken is an excellent chef and he will make you some delicious food.

The Costa Sporting Chef Café is one of the most popular venues at any Fred Hall Show.  So stop by, get off your feet and sample some good food.  This year 805 beer is a show sponsor and you can buy an “805” to have with your food samples.

Check out Scott Leysath at where you can get access to hundreds of free recipes.