Cooking Events

For all three days of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, you'll find exciting competitions and celebrity chef demonstrations on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage!

Applications for the Great Garlic Cook-Off and other cooking competitions at the 2021 Gilroy Garlic Festival (July 23, 24 & 25, 2021) will open in January 2021. Please check back for more details.

2019 Cooking Competition Winners

  • Champions for Charity: Bret Barker and Gayle Gaggero, U.S. Army
  • Garlic Chef Jr.: Kaiden Gonzalez (age 12) from Gilroy, CA made Papa’s Crab Cakes and Good Fortune Spring Rolls
  • Great Garlic Cook-Off: Gary Exner from Wilsonville, OR made Strawberry Tart with Garlic Shiso Cream and Yuzu Glaze
  • Garlic Showdown: Chef Carlos Pineda and Sous Chef Kishon Southy from Gilroy, CA made Mixed Herb and Red Beet Pan-Seared Quail and Rib Eye Steak with Five Onion Vinaigrette

Contestants in the 2019 Great Garlic Cook-Off