July 28, 29 and 30, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From Garlic Cheesecake to Shanghai Sliders, Eight Chefs to Compete in 2017 Great Garlic Cook-Off
June 20, 2017 (Gilroy, CA): Eight amateur chefs from across the United States have been selected to compete in the 2017 Great Garlic Cook-Off, one of the nation’s most prestigious amateur cooking contests. The eight finalists were selected from a field of more than 100 entries and will prepare their own original recipes at the 39th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California on Saturday, July 29, 2017. The winner will receive $5,000 and the coveted garlic crown.
Several of this year’s finalists—including two from California—will explore garlic’s sweet and savory possibilities in dessert-inspired dishes. Betty Hass (from Cupertino, CA, just up the road from Gilroy) will make a “Hazelnut-Crusted Garlic Cheesecake with Orange-Hazelnut Syrup,” while Priscilla Yee (from Concord, CA) will cook up some “Sweet-Savory Garlic Cornbread Berry Shortcakes with Garlic Thyme Brittle.” Meanwhile, Shauna Havey (from Roy, UT) will prepare “Roasted Garlic Raspberry Brown Betty with Garlic Black Pepper Gelato.”
Two finalists will represent Florida in this year’s competition. Naylet LaRochelle (from Miami, FL) will make “Smoky Salsa Roja Shrimp and Roasted Garlic Cotija Grits,” and Kadija Bridgewater (from Boca Raton, FL) will prepare “Spicy Island Barbeque Pork, Garlic Fries and Cilantro-Garlic Sauce.”
Other finalists include Lisa Keys (from Kennett Square, PA) with “Garlic-Nut Biscotti with Whipped Feta & Blistered Tomatoes”; Renata Stanko (from Lebanon, OR) with “Lamb T-Bones with Cranberry Garlic Salsa, Lemon Biscuits and Salad”; and Mary Hawkes (from Prescott, AZ) with “Shanghai Sliders with Asian Pickled Garlic and Ponzu Peanut Slaw.”
Per contest rules, each recipe must contain at least six cloves of garlic. Contestants will prepare their dishes in front of Festival guests on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage and present them to a panel of five judges, including professional chefs, food experts, and local celebrities. Each of the dishes will be judged on flavor, texture, creativity, appearance, and use of garlic. The winner is awarded $5,000 and a garlic crown. A prize of $2,500 will be awarded for second place, $1,000 for third place, and $100 for each of the remaining five finalists.
The 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival, presented by Raley’s, Bel Air and Nob Hill Foods, will run from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 28-30, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 60+, $10 for youths ages 10-16, and free for children under age 10. Parking is $10 per vehicle and includes shuttle buses to and from the Festival entrance. Gates close at 6:00 pm.
Discount tickets are available online at www.gilroygarlicfestival.com and at any Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods stores.
About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The 39th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be held July 28, 29, and 30, 2017, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. Presented by Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods, this annual event draws tens of thousands of guests from around the world for a three-day celebration of great garlicky food, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. Discount tickets are available online at www.gilroygarlicfestival.com and at Raley's, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods stores.