Will Simbol Crowned Winner of the 2018 Great Garlic Cook-Off

2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 27, 28 and 29, 2018



Will Simbol Crowned Winner of the 2018 Great Garlic Cook-Off

July 28, 2018 (Gilroy, CA): Amateur chef Will Simbol from New York, NY claimed the coveted garlic crown – and a $5,000 cash prize – as winner of the 2018 Great Garlic Cook-Off at the 40th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival on Saturday, July 28, in Gilroy, CA. The 40th annual recipe contest was hosted by Olympic Champion and TV personality Brian Boitano on the Challenge Butter Cook-Off Stage.

Simbol beat out seven other finalists from around the country with his original recipe for Savory Crunchy Freshy Tangy Shrimpy Herby Garlic Lumpia Wrap.

Second place (and a $2,500 prize) was awarded to Lidia Haddadian for Roasted Garlic and Potato Pierogis w/Garlic Shallot Bacon Jam. Third place (and $1,000) was awarded to Leah Lyon for A-MAIZ-in Garlic-Chili Buttered Rose' Lobster Tails with Flamenco Pesto. The remaining contestants each received $100. All contestants prepared their own original recipes containing at least six cloves of garlic. This year’s event was presented by South County Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on the Challenge Butter Cook-Off Stage.



About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The Gilroy Garlic Festival will be celebrating 40 years of family fun on July 27, 28, and 29, 2018, 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 over 100,000 guests from around the world. Presented by Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods, this three-day celebration features gourmet garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and fun for the whole family. For more information, go to www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.


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