Apr 3, 2019
California Giant Berry Farms to host chef invitational

California Giant Berry Farms will soon select chef finalists to compete in its annual Chef Invitational held at Tehama Golf Club in Monterey.

Recipe submissions to compete in the 2nd annual California Giant Berry Farms Chef Invitational are due May 1. Finalists will be announced May 10, 2019. This year, in addition to asking chefs to bring their very best berry-inspired entrées and desserts, the berry company has some fresh, new features they’re adding to the event taking place June 25, 2019.

The culinary competition and experience meant to strengthen relationships and cultivate new partnerships – this year, the Chef Invitational will present a Foodie Forum the morning of the event to unite foodservice partners, Chef finalists, California Giant Influencers, and special guests to share their industry experience and spark interactive conversation. This will serve as a deeper dive into fresh trends, berry trends and how California Giant can continue to build their brand and loyalty with this import audience.

“We’re really looking forward to the addition of the Foodie Forum this year,” explains California Giant Berry Farms Director of Foodservice, Tom Smith. “Our blogger and brand ambassador Ashley from Fit Mitten Kitchen will bring a relatable, attainable approach to cooking, and can communicate hacks and at-home tips for the everyday consumer to be able to recreate the chef-inspired recipes at home,” Smith adds.

This year, Executive Chef, local radio and television personality and owner of Baker’s Bacon, Chef Tony Baker of Montrio Bistro (pictured above) will be emceeing the competition, and accompanying the group on field tours, the Foodie Forum, and hosting the Chef’s Welcome Dinner.

Denis Boaro
Photos: California Giant

Restaurant owner of Carmel’s Basil Seasonal Dining and Seaside’s Gusto Handcrafted Pasta and Pizza, Denis Boaro, will also be returning to the 2nd annual event as a judge and forum speaker to share his industry experience and discuss partnership development.





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