Clam Chowder Cook-Off
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Clam Chowder Cook-Off

Saturday, February 20 - Sunday, February 21, 2021

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!

2020 Cook-Off Results

Day 1 - Saturday, February 22

Amateur Teams

Best Amateur Boston

1st - Spud Brothers, Tim Dellgard, Idaho
2nd - Silence of the Clams, Brian Edwards, Campbell
3rd - Small Clams Court, Thuong Do, San Jose

Best Amateur Manhattan

1st - DragonMama's Portguese Red, Michele Hartmangruber, Fremont
2nd - Manhattan Madhatters, Todd Rumbaugh, Santa Cruz
3rd - Yosemite Clams, Scott Goodrich, Santa Cruz

Best Theming Amateur Team

1st - Clamstock, John Besseling
2nd - A Clam Has No Name, Emily Thomas
3rd - Rock 'n Roll Chowder Bowl, Timothy Dinsmore

Most Tasted Amateur

1st - 4 Men & a Clam, Wayne Locke, Scotts Valley
2nd - Clamalicious "Clams of Anarchy", Roben Webb, Rio Linda
3rd - Rosie's Clam and Get It, Kitty Dixon, Sebastopol

People's Choice

Amateur Boston:

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

Amateur Manhattan:

4 Men & a Clam, Wayne Locke, Scotts Valley

Day 2 - Sunday, February 23

Professional Teams

Best Professional Boston

1st - Latin Asian Fusion, Roddy Diaz, Scotts Valley
2nd - JV's BBQ Catering, John Viray, San Jose
3rd - Sutter Sea Monsters, Corby Chavez, Santa Cruz

Best Professional Manhattan

1st - Midgley's Public House - Michael Midgley, Stockton
2nd - East Side Eatery, Derek Rupp, Santa Cruz
3rd - Mad Matt's Beyond the Chowder Bowl, Santa Cruz

Best Theming Professional Team

1st - Food Lab @ Pacific Elementary - Davenport
2nd - UCSC Chowder Slugs, Santa Cruz
3rd - Boardwalk Caveman Clams, Santa Cruz

Most Tasted Professional

1st - Ideal Bar & Grill – Santa Cruz
2nd - East Side Eatery – Derek Rupp, Santa Cruz
3rd - UCSC Chowder Slugs – Josh Martin, Santa Cruz

People's Choice

Professional Boston:

JV's BBQ, John Viray, San Jose

Professional Manhattan:

UCSC Chowder Slugs, Josh Martin, Santa Cruz

Competition Info

The competition features four categories.

Competing Saturday

  • Amateur Boston
  • Amateur Manhattan

Competing Sunday

  • Professional Boston
  • Professional Manhattan

Fun clam chowder cook-off team posing for photo.

Team Rules & Info

Awards will be given for Best Clam Chowder in each category, plus People's Choice, Most Tasted, and Best Theme. 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 Parks and Recreation Logo

The Cook Off is an important fund-raiser for the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department. (Last year more than $81,000.00 was raised.)

Thank you to our Clam Chowder Cook-Off sponsors!

Berkely Farms
Dream Inn
Crystal Springs
The Hippo
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