Cooking Events

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

Don't Miss Our 2019 Celebrity Chefs!

  • Tom Colicchio (Sat 7/27)
  • Gerron Hurt (Fri 7/26)
  • Chef Eddie G (Fri 7/26)
  • Teresa Giudice (Sat 7/27)

Live on the Challenge Butter Cook-Off Stage

Tom Colicchio


Gerron Hurt

Chef Eddie G.

Teresa Giudice






Click on the links below to learn more about each competition:


Friday July 26, 2019
Master of Ceremonies: Gerron Hurt
MasterChef Season 9 Winner
10:30 am Garlic Discussion Q&A
Brian Jones, OLAM Garlic Production Manager
11:00 am Champions for Charity
Master of Ceremonies: Gerron Hurt
Four teams of local police, firefighters, military and EMTs will compete for a prize of $3,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice.
1:30 pm Champions for Charity Winner Announced
2:00 pm Garlic Chef Jr. Cook-Off
Master of Ceremonies: Gerron Hurt
An exciting competition for aspiring young chefs ages 9-18
4:00 pm Garlic Chef Jr. Cook-Off Winner Announced
4:30 pm Gerron Hurt
MasterChef Season 9 Winner
5:30 pm Chef Eddie G.
The Great Food Truck Race


Saturday July 27, 2019
10:00 am Great Garlic Cook-Off
Master of Ceremonies: Tom Colicchio

Eight non-professional chefs from across the country prepare their own original garlic recipes for the chance to win $3,000 and the coveted garlic crown.
12:15 pm Great Garlic Cook-Off Winners Announced
12:30 pm Tom Colicchio
James Beard Award winner, restaurateur, and Top Chef head judge
2:30 pm Teresa Giudice
Real Housewives of New Jersey star and cookbook author
3:30 pm Jason Ryczek
Executive Chef at Farallon Restaurant, San Francisco
4:30 pm Dewey Lucero
Wild Groves Olive Oil - Extra Virgin Olive Oil Education
5:00 pm Garli-Que BBQ Challenge Awards


Sunday July 28, 2019
10:30 am Alexis Higgins
MasterChef Junior Season 3 Contestant, Local Gilroy Junior Chef
12:00 pm Garlic Showdown
Professional chefs compete in an Iron Chef-style contest for $2,500 and the ultimate bragging rights.
2:00 pm Garlic Showdown Winner Announced
2:30 pm Rahanna Bisseret Martinez 
Top Chef Junior Finalist
3:30 pm Mark Segovia
Segovia Catering, Gilroy
4:30 pm Adam Sanchez and Ann Zyburra
The Milias Restaurant, Gilroy


The Gilroy Garlic Festival exclusively features California-grown garlic.