Calling Young Cooks! Compete in the 2019 Garlic Chef Jr. Contest

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



Calling Young Cooks! Compete in the 2019 Garlic Chef Jr. Contest

April 4, 2019 (Gilroy, CA): Building on the success of last year’s first-ever Garlic Chef Jr. cooking competition, the contest will return on Friday, July 26 at the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival. Young chefs ages 9 to 18 are encouraged to apply by May 1 to compete on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage. MasterChef Season 9 Winner Gerron Hurt will serve as emcee for the event.

Each contestant must create one cooked or baked dish using his or her own original recipe containing at least six cloves of garlic. Chefs will have two hours to prepare their dishes on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage and are allowed to have one adult (non-professional) sous chef on stage to assist them. A panel of expert judges will evaluate each dish for taste, appearance, creativity, and use of garlic. The winner will be presented with a gift valued at $500.

Denise Buessing, Co-Chair of the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival Recipe Contest Committee, said, “We learned last year that we have a LOT of talented young chefs in our community, and it was so much fun to see them competing on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage. We look forward to seeing some new contestants this year and can’t wait to taste what they cook up!”

The inaugural Garlic Chef Jr. contest was won by Addison Dell, who wowed the judges with her Garlic Mac N Cheese with Crispy Garlic Chicken Tenders and Roasted Asparagus.

Aspiring young chefs age 9 to 18 (as of July 26, 2019) are invited to apply for the 2019 competition by completing the online application at Applications must be submitted no later than May 1, 2019.

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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


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