Hard Rock Café Exec Chef Wins Garlic Showdown

Jason Gronlund, Executive Chef of the Hard Rock Café, won the $5,000 top prize in the July 29 Garlic Showdown at the 2012 Gilroy Garlic Festival.

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 at high noon in the Garlic Festival’s Cook-Off Theater.

The competition was co-hosted by Chef Michael Giletto and author/radio personality Marcy Smothers.

Contestants were allowed to bring their favorite spices and cookware. The contestants 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.

Chef Gronlund donated his $5,000 award to the San Francisco Bay Area Alzheimer’s Foundation.