Garlic Showdown

The Pros Take the Stage in an Iron Chef-Style Showdown

On Sunday (July 30) at high noon, four professional chefs face off in the Garlic Showdown, an exciting Iron Chef-style competition that showcases culinary creativity under intense pressure on the Great Garlic Cook-Off Stage.


Bigger - Better - Bolder

This year, the Garlic Showdown will be hosted by Food Network superstar and Emmy award-winning chef Giada De Laurentiis. Following the competition, Giada will prepare one of her own favorite garlic-laced recipes and answer questions from the audience.

Each chef has to use a top-secret ingredient (not revealed until the competition begins) to prepare two entrees and side dishes. A panel of judges will determine the winner based on presentation, originality, flavor, texture, and use of the “secret ingredient.” The winner earns a $3,000 prize.

2017 Contestants:

2017 Judges:

  • Gloria Melone (Local chef and wife of Festival Co-Founder Rudy Melone)
  • Bill Christopher (Owner & CEO, Christopher Ranch)
  • Ken Christopher (Christopher Ranch)
  • Dave Reynolds (2016 Gilroy Garlic Festival President)
  • Angela Greenwood (South County Jeep, Chevrolet)


Past Garlic Showdown winners include:

  • 2016: Michael Fisher
  • 2015: Jonathan Toste
  • 2014: Jason Gronlund
  • 2013: Jason Gronlund
  • 2012: Jason Gronlund
  • 2011: Dean Dupuis


Come to the Cook-Off Stage on Sunday to see who will be the 2017 Garlic Showdown winner!