Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off
Clam Chowder Cook-Off
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Clam Chowder Cook-Off

Saturday, February 22 - Sunday, February 23, 2020

2-Day Event - Rain or Shine!

Amateur chefs compete on Saturday, followed by professional chefs on Sunday.

Thank you for another spectacular Clam Chowder Cook-Off!

2019 Cook-Off Results

Day 1 - Saturday, February 23

Amateur Teams

Best Amateur Boston

1st - Clamalicious "Clams of Anarchy" – Roben Webb, Rio Linda
2nd - Aileen Dawn - Aileen Yao, Palo Alto
3rd - Lawless Clam – David Livingston, Danville

Best Amateur Manhattan

1st - Clam Halen - Brad Bishop, Hollister
2nd - Pink Flamingos – Douglas Ludlow, San Jose
3rd - 4 Men & A Clam – Wayne Locke, Scotts Valley

Best Theming Amateur Team

1st - Keep Clam & Eat Chowder - Mona Leon, San Jose
2nd - Silence of the Clams - Brian Edwards, Campbell
3rd - Keep Clam & Chowder on – Ian Fiddes, Santa Cruz

Most Tasted Amateur

1st - Clamalicious "Clams of Anarchy" – Roben Webb, Rio Linda
2nd - Silence of the Clams – Brian Edwards, Campbell
3rd - The Marine Mammal Center – Zee Zaballos, Santa Cruz

People's Choice

Amateur Boston:

Clamalicious "Clams of Anarchy", Roben Webb, Rio Linda

Amateur Manhattan:

Manhattan Madhatter, Todd Rumbaugh, Santa Cruz

Day 2 - Sunday, February 24

Professional Teams

Best Professional Boston

1st - Rosie McCann's - Cervando Maya, Santa Cruz
2nd - Malone's Grille – Cody Yungmeyer, Scotts Valley
3rd - MacKenzie Bar & – Alan Vonderwerth, Santa Cruz

Best Professional Manhattan

1st - Midgley's Public House - Michael Midgley, Stockton
2nd - Team Seascape - Tim McGregor, Aptos
3rd - Cucina Bambini - Shelley Ballard, San Jose

Best Theming Professional Team

1st - Cucina Bambini - San Jose
2nd - Food Lab @ Pacific Elementary - Davenport
3rd - Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge - Santa Cruz

Most Tasted Professional

1st - Ideal Bar & Grill – Santa Cruz
2nd - East Side Eatery – Derek Rupp, Santa Cruz
3rd - Chowder Slugs (UCSC) – Cristina Barragan, Santa Cruz

People's Choice

Professional Boston:

LouLou's Griddle - Gigi Davis, Monterey

Professional Manhattan:

Redwood Sluggers (UCSC) - Cristina Barragan, Santa Cruz

Join the delicious festivities as amateur and professional chefs prepare their finest clam chowder recipes along the Boardwalk.

Teams compete in the friendly competition, hoping to win prizes and bragging rights for BEST CLAM CHOWDER in the country's largest and longest-running clam chowder competition!

The competition features four categories.

Competing Saturday

  • Amateur Boston
  • Amateur Manhattan

Competing Sunday

  • Professional Boston
  • Professional Manhattan

Team Rules & Info

Awards will be given for Best Clam Chowder in each category, plus People's Choice, Most Tasted, and Best Themed Booth. Awards include plaques, cash prizes, round-trip airfare courtesy of United Airlines, and bragging rights!

For more information please contact the Chowder Committee: (831) 420-5273.

City of Santa Cruz Logo

The Cook Off is an important fund-raiser for the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department. (Last year more than $90,000.00 was raised.)

Thank you to our Clam Chowder Cook-Off sponsors!

Berkely Farms
Dream Inn
Crystal Springs
The Hippo
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