Chef Tommy Fraioli Of Sea Rocket Bistro was the winner of the title Of "Chef Of The Fest" at the 2012 San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Creekstone Farms was proud to be the presenting sponsor of the event as we awarded Chef Tommy at $1,000 check.
This annual competition brings chefs head-to-head in a culinary competition judged by the San Diego Chapter for the American Culinary Federation. This year's Chef of the Fest Competition was judged for the first time through a blind tasting. 32 competitors were carefully narrowed down to ten finalists and five category winners using a graded point system, including scores for presentation, flavor, innovation, quality of product, and preparation in the allotted time. Top honors and the title of "Chef of the Fest" went to Chef Tommy Fraioli of Sea Rocket Bistro. During the Wine Spectator Celebrity Chef Luncheon & Live Auction on Sunday, November 18, the "Top 5" winners were announced to conclude the weeklong food and wine festival, said San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival co-producer Michelle Metter.
"San Diego is home to some of the country's most talented chefs and we are proud to showcase the culinary talent that is alive and thriving right here in our city," added Metter. "Our goal with the Chef of the Fest Competition is to help put a national spotlight on San Diego as a serious foodie destination, and this year's competition has done just that. We congratulate all of the winners who participated in the competition on their hard work and dedication. This year's winners have set the bar high and we look forward to seeing what culinary delights next year's competition brings."
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