Garlic Showdown Champ Donates $5k Prize to Alzheimer’s Association

Garlic Showdown champion Jason Gronlund, Executive Chef of the Hard Rock Café, will present his $5,000 top prize to the Alzheimer’s Association in ceremonies at the Hard Rock Café San Francisco on September 21.
Chef Gronlund joined Manny Pulido of Gilroy’s The Spiced Palate, Jason Lavinsky from the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf and Mike Yakura from Dobbs Ferry in San Francisco in an iron chef style competition in the Garlic Festival’s Cook-Off Theater on July 29.
The action was co-hosted by Chef Michael Giletto and author/radio personality Marcy Smothers.
Contestants were allowed to bring their favorite spices and cookware. The chefs were presented with a “secret ingredient” and had two hours to prepare, plate and serve their creations to a select panel of judges.
The 2012 secret ingredient was a lavosh; the featured ingredient of the contest : garlic.