Chef Carlos Pineda Wins 2018 Garlic Showdown

2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 27, 28 and 29, 2018



Chef Carlos Pineda Wins 2018 Garlic Showdown

July 29, 2018 (Gilroy, CA): Chef Carlos Pineda from the Culinary Academy and Kneaded Bakery at Rebekah's Children's Services in Gilroy won the annual Garlic Showdown at the 2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday, July 29. Pineda won the competition for the second year in a row.

Using the "secret ingredients" of dried prunes, fresh prunes, and fresh plums, Pineda impressed the panel of judges with two dishes: a Cornmeal-Battered Chile Relleno Stuffed with Oyster Mushrooms, Prunes and Cheese that was served with a Smoked Roasted Garlic and Chipotle Plum Sauce with Fried Fennel; and Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Fire-Roasted Corn and Plum Purée topped with Roasted Garlic and Plums Chutney.

For the first time ever, an actual Iron Chef—Michael Symon—presided over the Garlic Showdown, which was inspired by cooking competitions like Iron Chef.

Chef Carlos was awarded a $3,000 prize, which he will donate to the Rebekah Children’s Services Culinary Academy.


About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The Gilroy Garlic Festival will be celebrating 40 years of family fun on July 27, 28, and 29, 2018, 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 world each yeaer. Presented by Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods, 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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