2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival Organizers Excited to Welcome Award-Winning Chef Tom Colicchio

2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 26, 27 & 28, 2019



2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival Organizers Excited to Welcome Award-Winning Chef Tom Colicchio

April 23, 2019 (Gilroy, CA): James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurant owner, and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio will be appearing live at the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival on Saturday, July 27. Colicchio will host the 41st annual Great Garlic Cook-Off and then do a cooking demonstration on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage, sharing one of his own favorite garlic-laced recipes and answering questions from the audience.

Gilroy Garlic Festival 2019 President Shawn Keck said, “We are thrilled to welcome a top-tier chef like Tom Colicchio to this year’s Gilroy Garlic Festival. Tom’s culinary expertise combined with his passion for giving back to the community are a perfect fit for our event. We look forward to seeing him on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage!”

Born in New Jersey, Tom Colicchio worked in prominent New York restaurants before opening Craft in 2001. He is now the chef and owner of multiple fine dining and casual restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. He has received 8 awards from the James Beard Foundation including “Best New Restaurant” (Craft, 2002) and “Outstanding Chef” (2010). He is the Head Judge and Executive Producer for Bravo’s popular Top Chef television series and has authored three cookbooks.

Tom Colicchio has also established himself as a food activist, advocating for a food system that values access, affordability, and nutrition over corporate interests. He served as executive producer of the 2013 documentary A Place at the Table about the underlying causes of hunger in the United States and worked with former First Lady Michelle Obama on the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Lori Silverbush and their three sons.

The Great Garlic Cook-Off started at the very first Gilroy Garlic Festival in 1979 and has grown to become one of the nation’s best-known—and most intense—amateur cooking contests. Eight chefs from around the country will be competing on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage, preparing their own original recipes for the chance to win a grand prize of $3,000 and the coveted garlic crown.

For additional information, including applications for contestants, go to gilroygarlicfestival.com.


About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The 41st annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be on July 26, 27, and 28, 2019, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. The Gilroy Garlic Festival has been officially certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® as the world’s largest garlic festival and draws thousands of garlic-loving guests from around the globe every year. This three-day celebration features gourmet garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and fun for the whole family. For more information, go to www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.


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