■ A scrumptious pasta, beef tenderloin, tomato succotash and watermelon tomato salad was the winning combination of the 3rd-annual Garlic Showdown cooking competition. Ryan Scott (shown above), former “Top Chef” star and popular Bay area chef, was the winner in the “Iron Chef-“esque battle, which took place July 26. Scott was awarded the prestigious title “Garlic Showdown” champion, as well as $5,000. Fabio Viviani, also a “Top Chef” veteran, played host to the showdown.
Scott’s complete four-course meal featured:
■Homemade Hand-Torn Pasta with Baby Tomatoes, Tomato Broth & Mozzarella
■Sun-Dried Tomato, Black Garlic-Encrusted Beef Tenderloin
■Sungold Tomato Succotash
■Watermelon Tomato Salad with Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette
■ Garlic truly is an ingredient for all courses, as the Spicy Garlic Butter Cookie with Garlic Goat Cheese and Honey was the winner of this year’s Great Gilroy Garlic Cook-Off. Andrew Barth, of Winnetka, Calif., was the 2009 winner and recipient of the notorious garlic crown and $1,000 prize.
On A Parting Note – The annual Gilroy Garlic Festival is not only about celebrating California-grown garlic – it’s also purposed to raise money to help support local charities and non-profit organizations. Celebrating is more fun when it’s contributing to a good cause.
A big thank you to everyone who organized, participated in and attended the 31st-annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. We at Christopher Ranch truly appreciate your enthusiasm and support for California heirloom garlic. Remember – All Garlic Is Not Created Equal!