Great Garlic Cook-Off

Saturday, July 27, 2019


DON'T MISS IN 2019!

AWARD-WINNING CHEF AND TOP CHEF HEAD JUDGE TOM COLICCHIO

LIVE ON THE CHALLENGE BUTTER COOK-OFF STAGE


This will be the 41st annual Great Garlic Cook-Off, which started at the first Gilroy Garlic Festival 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 preparing their own original recipes for the chance to win a $3,000 cash prize and the coveted garlic crown.

This year's competition will be hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, and Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio, who will also serve on the judging panel and perform his own cooking demonstration after the competition.

The competition kicks off at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 27 on the Challenge Butter Cook-Off Stage. The winners will be crowned at 12:15 pm. Tom Colicchio's demonstration will begin at 12:30 pm.


2019 JUDGES

  • Tom Colicchio | James Beard Award-Winning Chef and Restaurateur
  • Jason Ryczek | Farallon Restaurant, San Francisco
  • Adam Sanchez | The Milias Restaurant, Gilroy
  • Maurizio Cutrignelli | Osteria al Mare and Maurizio's
  • Mark Segovia | Segovia Catering, Gilroy
  • Diana Phipps | L'Aubergine Restaurant, Carmel

ABOUT THE GREAT GARLIC COOK-OFF

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.

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. The winner of the Great Garlic Cook-Off is appropriately honored with a crown of garlic and the grand prize.

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.