Great Garlic Cook-Off

Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Great Garlic Cook-Off is one of the most well-known cooking contests in the country. Beginning in September, the Gilroy Garlic Festival puts out a call across the United States and Canada for the best garlic recipes. Hundreds of amateur chefs respond with delicious sounding recipes that run the gamut from soups to desserts and from every type of cuisine.

This will be the 41st annual Great Garlic Cook-Off, which started back in 1979 and has grown to become one of the nation’s best-known—and most intense—amateur cooking contests. Eight chefs from around the country will be competing on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage, preparing their own original recipes for the chance to win a grand prize of $5,000 and the coveted garlic crown.

The most delicious-sounding recipes, approximately 50, are forwarded to a professional food consultant who makes the final selection of the eight recipes. The consultant prepares each recipe to ensure correct measurements and use of ingredients. These finalists' recipes are those considered to make the most interesting and exciting contest.

The finalists come to Gilroy to prepare their recipes on the Saturday of the festival in front of the public and a panel of celebrity judges. Winners are announced at 2:00 pm. The winner of the Great Garlic Cook-Off is appropriately honored with a crown of garlic and the grand prize of $5,000. Second place is awarded $2,500; third place, $1,000. The other finalists are given $100 each.

Will Simbol from New York won the 2018 Great Garlic Cook-Off with his original recipe for Savory Crunchy Freshy Tangy Shrimpy Herby Garlic Lumpia Wrap.

Please check back if you'd like to submit your recipe for the 2019 Great Garlic Cook-Off. Entry forms will be due no later than May 1, 2019.