Celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis Comes To 2017 Gilroy Garlic Fest!

Giada De Laurentiss

Gilroy Garlic Festival organizers recently announced that Emmy-award-winning celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis will be appearing at the Festival on Sunday, July 30.

Giada De Laurentiis will emcee the Garlic Showdown, the Iron Chef-style competition in which professional chefs battle for a $3,000 prize (and ultimate bragging rights). De Laurentiis will then prepare one of her own favorite garlic-laced recipes on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage and hold a question-and-answer session with Festival visitors.

Giada De Laurentiis appears on Food Network’s Everyday Italian and Giada at Home and serves as a judge on Food Network Star. She is also an NBC Today Show correspondent, a successful restaurateur with her debut restaurant GIADA in Las Vegas, and the author of eight New York Times bestselling cookbooks. Her most recent cookbook is Happy Cooking, a collection of recipes and tips for leading a healthy and happy life. She has also penned a popular children’s book series, Recipe for Adventure.

Mike Zukowski, President of the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival, said, “This year’s Gilroy Garlic Festival is bigger, better and bolder than ever before—and we are thrilled to welcome a major star like Giada to the Garlic Cook-Off Stage!”

The Garlic Showdown and other Garlic Cook-Off Stage events are sponsored in part by Christopher Ranch, longtime supporters of the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Don Christopher was one of the original founders of the first Gilroy Garlic Festival in 1979, and the company supplies the Festival with over two tons of fresh garlic each year.

About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The 39th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be held July 28, 29, and 30, 2017, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. Presented by Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods, this annual event draws tens of thousands of guests from around the world for a three-day celebration of great garlicky food, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. For more information or to purchase discounted tickets online, visit

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