Thursday, July 23, 2009

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Gilroy Garlic Festival, this weekend at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy. And for the third straight year, a Monterey chef will try to take home the title at the Garlic Showdown. Fabio Vivani, the dynamic star of Bravo Television Network’s “Top Chef” series, will host the Showdown on July 26.

The Garlic Showdown will match four prominent Bay Area chefs in an "Iron Chef"-style competition on the festival's cook-off stage. One of the four this year is Brian Christensen of Stokes Restaurant in Monterey (the previous two winners were Tony Baker of Montrio in Monterey and James Waller of the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa). The champion takes home $5,000.

Former top chef Jamie Lauren executive chef of Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in San Francisco, Bruce Paton “The Beer Chef” from Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco, and Ryan Scott of in San Francisco round out the competition

The Garlic Showdown, presented by Raley’s and Nob Hill Foods. For more information check out their website at

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