Anaheim GardenWalk, a unique “eatertainment” destination just steps from Southern California’s Disneyland Resort and Anaheim Convention Center (www.anaheimgardenwalk.com), will soon host its second annual Chef Challenge cook-off to be held Sunday, October 14th, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. During the event, sponsored by DiningOut Magazine, top chefs from seven notable Orange County restaurants will prepare their signature dishes to compete for best-in-show honors. The public is invited to sample each restaurant’s signature dish free of charge while supplies last, then vote to decide the winning dish.
The chefs will be assisted by local high school students carefully selected from culinary arts programs throughout Orange County. The winning restaurant’s chef will take home a prestigious award as well as a set of professional-grade cutlery, and the student assisting that chef will take top honors among the county’s culinary cohorts. Additionally, Anaheim GardenWalk will donate $3,000 to benefit the California Restaurant Association Foundation’s (CRAF) high school culinary arts program in Orange County. More than 1,600 Orange County students are currently enrolled in ProStart, a program that prepares young people for careers in culinary arts and hospitality management. CRAF offers equipment and enrichment services to ProStart students, including field trips, job-readiness training and classroom speakers.
Restaurants and Signature Dishes
Restaurants participating in the 2018 second-annual Chef Challenge event include:
1. House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
Signature dish: Voodoo Shrimp
2. Grasslands Meat Market BBQ & Churrasco
Signature dish: Picanha Churrasco and Greens (Olive and Garlic) with Oven-Roasted Potatoes
3. Fire + Ice Interactive Grill + Bar
Signature dish: Asian Salad with Chicken, Cabbage, Alfalfa Sprouts, Spinach, Bean Sprouts, Green
Onion and Orange Ginger Sesame Dressing
4. California Pizza Kitchen
Signature dish: Chicken Milanese
5. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Signature dish: Fire-Grilled Shrimp with Oven-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Sautéed
Spinach and Lemon Cream Sauce
6. McCormick & Schmick’s Grille
Signature dish: Seared Sea Scallop with Forbidden Rice, Burnt Orange Slaw and a Peruvian Pepper
7. Roy’s Restaurant
Signature dish: Yuzu Koshu Salmon Crunch Roll
More Family-Friendly Fun at Anaheim GardenWalk
In addition to taste-testing signature dishes free of charge during the Chef Challenge event, starting at 2 p.m., Anaheim GardenWalk will host a number of other family-friendly activities from live music to face painting, balloon twisting, henna tattoos, and a photo booth.
The center will also hold its renowned “Art on the Walk” exhibit between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the same day. The exhibit showcases the work of talented artists throughout the center, and dozens of the exhibit’s artists will be on hand to talk with guests while they enjoy the day’s festivities.
Chef Challenge food samples will be available to the first 600 registered attendees only on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Attendees are asked to register to sample food at 2 p.m. at the registration table near the Concierge Kiosk in front of McCormick & Schmick’s to receive their voting cards. All event-day activities take place between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on October 14th and are free of charge and open to the public; the Chef Challenge event begins at 3 p.m.