Support culinary arts students while enjoying Anaheim GardenWalk’s best bites.
We all enjoy watching competition shows on Food Network because it’s so impressive to see people whip out a meal near-worthy of a Michelin-Star through spontaneous circumstances. For those of us who are not gifted in the kitchen, we would at least like the chance to show our talents from the dinner table: eating! What we wouldn’t give to reach for a bite into the television screen and experience what the judges are tasting.
Well, you’re in luck! Anaheim GardenWalk welcomes the public on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for an opportunity to judge at the second annual Chef Challenge cook-off. Much like MasterChef, top chefs from Orange County restaurants will prepare dishes accompanied by top-performing local high school students from culinary art programs.
If you consider yourself a foodie and think that you have what it takes to make profound critiques and detect even the most subtle, yet essential key ingredients, then you do not want to miss out on this event! Come hungry because you get to sample the creations and cast your vote for a potential winner.
On the chopping block table, you will find:
- House of Blues Restaurant & Bar: Voodoo Shrimp
- Grasslands Meat Market BBQ & Churrasco: Picanha Churrasco and greens (olive and garlic) with oven-roasted potatoes
- Fire + Ice Interactive Grill + Bar: Asian salad with chicken, cabbage, alfalfa sprouts, spinach, bean sprouts, green onion and orange ginger sesame dressing
- California Pizza Kitchen: Chicken Milanese
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: fire-grilled shrimp with oven-roasted fingerling potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, sautéed spinach and lemon cream sauce
- McCormick & Schmick’s Grille: seared sea scallop with forbidden rice, burnt orange slaw and a Peruvian pepper beurre blanc.
- Roy’s Restaurant: Yuzu Koshu salmon crunch roll
After sampling the dishes and having all votes cast, the winning chef will be honored with a prestigious award and continue their cooking legacy with a brand new set of professional-grade cutlery. The students not only get the chance to experience the importance of the sous-chef position, but they also get to develop relationships with potential future employers and show some of the county’s top chefs just what they can do in the kitchen.
When you attend the Chef Challenge, you don’t just get to experience the food first-hand, but you get to encourage a future generation of chefs. To show their support, the GardenWalk will donate $3,000 to the California Restaurant Association Foundation’s (CRAF) high school culinary arts program in Orange County.
Show your support by arriving early because only the first 600 registered attendees will get the chance to sample the dishes. Registration begins at 2 p.m. near the concierge kiosk in front of McCormick & Schmick’s.