MasterChef Season 9 Winner Gerron Hurt to Appear at 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival

2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 26, 27 & 28, 2019



MasterChef Season 9 Winner Gerron Hurt to Appear at 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival

April 2, 2019 (Gilroy, CA): The Gilroy Garlic Festival announced that MasterChef Season 9 winner Gerron Hurt will appear at the 2019 Festival on Friday, July 26. Hurt will serve as Master of Ceremonies for both the Champions for Charity challenge and Garlic Chef Jr. competition and will also perform his own cooking demonstration on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage.

Since being announced by Gordon Ramsay as the MasterChef Season 9 winner in 2018, Chef Gerron has combined his passions for teaching and cooking by encouraging others to create their own unique recipes through his subscription-based website. He now resides in the greater Nashville area with his fiancée and continues to travel for appearances and speaking engagements. He believes strongly that “Food is that one common denominator that binds humanity together.”

On Friday, July 26, Hurt will emcee two exciting cooking competitions on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage. 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 a cash prize for the charity of their choice. Garlic Chef Jr. is an exciting new competition that debuted in 2018, with eight young cooks under the age of 18 competing on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage.

The Champions for Charity competition, Garlic Chef Jr., and other Garlic Cook-Off Stage events are sponsored in part by Christopher Ranch, longtime supporters of the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Don Christopher was one of the original founders of the first Gilroy Garlic Festival in 1979, and the family-owned company continues to supply the Festival with over two tons of fresh California-grown garlic each year.

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About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The 41st annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be on July 26, 27, and 28, 2019, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. The Gilroy Garlic Festival has been officially certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® as the world’s largest garlic festival and draws thousands of garlic-loving guests from around the globe every year. This three-day celebration features gourmet garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and fun for the whole family. For more information, go to


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