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Chef Andrew Reyes of Paradise Point Resort & Spa crowned "Chef of the Fest" at the 2018 San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival® | November 21, 2018

Credit: San Diego Wine Classic
November 21, 2018

San Diego, CA – In conjunction with the American CulinaryFederation (ACF), the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival ® announces the winners of this year’s Chef of the Fest Competition. The annual competition brings top San Diego chefs head-to-head in a fierce culinary competition judged by the San Diego Chapter of ACF along with guest judges.

This year’s Chef of the Fest title went to Andrew Reyes of Paradise Point Hotel & Spa for his dish, Dried Scallop Congee with Palm Carmel Braised Duck with Pickled Green Chilis, Fried Peanuts and Shaved Duck Egg Yolk. San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival® co-producer, Michelle Metter calls the competition the perfect conclusion to the weeklong food and wine festival.

Credit: San Diego Wine Classic

“The Chef of the Fest competition continues to highlight some of San Diego’s most outstanding chefs,” continued Metter. “Each year, the level of artisanship and use of new and exquisite foods by the participating chefs astonishes at the Grand Tasting. We congratulate all of this year’s competitors on a spectacular showcase of the finest culinary talent in San Diego.”

Each year, the San Diego Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, a professional organization of chefs and culinarians organizes the judging of the Chef of the Fest Competition. The San Diego Chapter Secretary, Chef Katherine Emmenegger, was lead coordinator of the judging process. Four guest judges joined in responsibilities, Chef of the Fest Judges included:

1. Suzette Gresham – Executive Chef, Acquerello, San Francisco, CA 

2. Domenica Catelli – Chef and Owner, Catelli’s, Sonoma, CA 

3. Laura Werlin – Author, The All American Cheese and Wine Book 

4. Michael Schlow - Restaurateur, Schlow Restaurant Group

The 2018 Chef of the Fest Competition was judged using a blind-tasting format. Twenty-six chefs were carefully narrowed down to four finalists and four category winners using a graded point system. Participants were ranked based on cumulative scores considering the dish’s presentation, flavor, innovation, quality of product, and preparation in the allotted time.

The 15th Annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival® is an international showcase of the world's premier wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. Held November 11-18, 2018 the event benefits culinary arts and enology scholarships awarded by Fast Forward Futures, the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and the Berry Good Night Foundation. Over 200 wineries, breweries, and spirit companies and 50 of San Diego’s top fine-dining restaurants will participate in the 2018 Festival. For more information visit Produced by World of Wine Events and Fast Forward. For more information call 619-312-1212.




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