Chef’s Tent Schedule

12:00-12:45 To be announced  
2:00 – 3:00 Cook-off #1  
3:30 – 4:30 Cook-off #2  

(see below for additional information) 


  Cooking Demonstration

To be announced

Celebrity Chef Cook-Offs
 Chef’s Tent Main Stage 

Don’t miss two Celebrity Chef Cook-offs at the 2017 Wine & Food Festival emceed by “The Chef in the Hat.” The chefs will come to the stage with no knowledge of the ingredients in the mystery basket they will be handed to create a culinary masterpiece!

Cook-Off Chefs:

Watch for an announcement soon regarding the host of regional chefs joining us for the
2017 Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival – you won’t be disappointed!

Cook-Off Judges:

Chef Roy Breiman, Cedarbrook Lodge

Winner of the 2016 Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival Celebrity Chef Cook-Off, Chef Roy serves as Corporate Culinary Director of Seattle’s Coastal Hotel Group where he oversees operations of five independent hotels whose food and beverage programs have garnered national recognition where, within just a short time, Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge was named  by Gayot and Seattle Magazine as the best new Seattle restaurant to open in 2011.

Deanna Harris-Bender, Over the Moon, Tacoma

Cynthia Nims,

Daniel Jackson

25 years restaurant experience at Triples on Lake Union, Fullers at the Sheraton and Brix 25 to name just a few. Mr. Jackson created the double album wine list for Brix 25 that won them Restaurant of the Year by the Washington Wine Commission.  

 Chef’s Tent Emcee and Cook-Off Moderator

Returning for his fourth appearance at the Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival, this year as the Chef’s Tent emcee and celebrity chef cook-off moderator, is the ever popular Chef Thierry Rautureau. The Chef In The Hat is the chef/owner of both Luc and Loulay Kitchen & Bar (Seattle Met Restaurant of the Year 2014) in Seattle, Washington. Chef Thierry’s culinary knowledge, combined with his enjoyable sense of humor, will make for an entertaining afternoon as he moderates two cook-offs at the 2017 Festival.

2017 Festival Highlights include:

  • Grand Tasting on Saturday, July 29 with 60+ wineries, craft distilleries, breweries and select fine restaurants and food purveyors
  • A wide selection of educational offerings including wine seminars and cooking demonstrations
  • Celebrity chef appearances and TWO cook-offs
  • New and improved onsite retail store
  • Sip & Savor Dinners on Friday, July 28

Buy your Grand Tasting ticket today!


The Grand Tasting Event is held on the grounds of the Harbor History Museum.

  • Tasting tents with 60+ wineries, craft distilleries, breweries and select fine restaurants and food purveyors
  • Onsite retail store
  • A wide selection of educational offerings
  • Celebrity Chef Cook-Offs

Tips for the Day of the Event

 Enjoy a cooking demonstration and 
Celebrity Chef Cook-offs at the Main Chef’s Tent