David Garrido of Garrido's is the winner of the first ever Edible Texas Wine Food Match!
In a first-ever match up that paired regional cuisine with regional wine, five Central Texas restaurants teamed with Texas wineries to show a distinguished panel of judges and 150 guests from around the nation the taste of terroir in Texas. At the Edible Texas Wine and Food Match, owner and executive chef David Garrido of Garrido'sRestaurant won both the judges' and peoples' choice awards for his three-course menu paired with Fall Creek Vineyards and Sister Creek Vineyards wines.
The inaugural event also raised $10,000 for the newly incorporated non-profit Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts to be built in Fredericksburg, Texas, making Central Texas the place where locavore meets locapour.
"I knew I did my best, but didn't expect to win with all the good chefs in the competition and the beautiful food they made, said David Garrido, who won the "The Driftwood Experience" Grand Prize of $5,000 and the People's Choice Award of a chef's retreat at Montesino Farm in Wimberley, Texas. "I just like to eat good food and drink good wine and I love the challenge to find a way to match them up," Garrido added.
First runner up Chef Patrick James Edwards, sous chef at Bin 555 Restaurant & Wine Bar in San Antonio, won $2,000 for his menu paired with wines from Becker Vineyards.
The sold-out event, hosted by the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on Friday, June 3, was part of the International Association of Culinary Professionals' Annual Conference.
Fifteen imaginative and delicious plates of food, showcasing the distinct regional foods of Texas, paired with Texas appellation wines, were served to media, food and wine professionals, and wine and food lovers. Special guests included a distinguished panel of culinary judges:
Jacques Pépin, world-renowned chef, television celebrity, cookbook author and culinary educator
Francois Dionot, founder and director of L'Academie de Cuisine
John Besh, chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality
Michael Bauer, executive food and wine editor for the San Francisco Chronicle
Paula Lambert, cookbook author and founder of the Mozzarella Company.