Local First Responders Compete for Charity
The "Champions for Charity" challenge features teams of local first responder heroes (including active or retired firefighters, police officers, EMS professionals, and military) competing in a three-round cooking challenge to win $3,000 for the charity of their choice.
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MasterChef Season 7 Winner Shaun O'Neale
Celebrating 40 years of family fun!
MasterChef Season 7 Winner Shaun O’Neale got a taste of the Gilroy Garlic Festival in 2017—and enjoyed the event so much that he’ll be back for more at this year’s 40th annual celebration. On Friday, July 27, O’Neale will serve as emcee for both the Champions for Charity cooking competition and the all-new Garlic Chef Jr. contest and will also perform his own cooking demonstration on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage.
On his trip to the Garlic Capital of the World last year, Shaun O’Neale was especially impressed by the fact that the Festival is run almost entirely by volunteers working to raise money for local schools and charities. “The Gilroy Garlic Festival should be the platform for how food festivals are run around the world,” said O’Neale. “Garlic for everyone!”
If you'd like to compete in this year's Champions for Charity contest, please fill out an online application by May 31, 2018.
- This competition will include four teams of two active or retired Law Enforcement, Fire Department, EMS professionals, and Military
- Each team will create dishes in three elimination rounds: Appetizer (20 minutes); Entree (30 minutes); and Dessert (20 minutes).
- Garlic must be used in all courses of this competition.
- Each round will be judged on taste, appearance, creativity and use of garlic by a panel of three (3) judges.
- One team will be eliminated after each round until the final winners are determined based on their dishes from all three rounds.
- The winner will be announced the end of the competition and presented a check for $3,000 to their charity.
- Each team must select a designated 501(c)3 Non-Profit Charitable Organization prior to the competition.
- During the competition, the Host will be speaking with the teams, learning about their dishes/methods/techniques, their agencies, and their charities of choice.
- Ingredients will be provided to the teams at the beginning of each round as well as the garlic that is to be featured and highlighted in each course.
- A pantry will be available with a variety of spices, condiments and staples. No outside food items will be allowed in this competition.
- Two gas-powered cooking ranges will be provided for each team, complete with four-burner cooktops & ovens.
- Teams are required to bring any specialty cooking equipment, plating, and serving items. Each team must be prepared to serve 3 total courses to a panel of 3 Judges and a Host (total 4 dishes per course).
- Team members must be amateur cooks to ensure a level playing field for all contestants.
- Online applications must be submitted prior to May 31, 2018.