Actor Oded Fehr returned as the emcee of the 8th Annual Yummie Culinary Competition, which showcases participating Festival exhibiting chefs’ entries. The battle for the top prize was almost too close to call this year with over 25 exhibitors competing. Judges eventually crowned winners for the best “Savory” and the best “Sweet” chef’s masterpieces based on flavor, presentation, innovation, and quality.

A wonderful Yummie panel of judges included Celebrity Chef Eric Kopelow, along with Chef Masa Shimakawa, Chef de Cuisine of ONYX at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village; Master Chef competitor, fashion stylist, and creative consultant, Olivia Crouppen; Lisa McKinnon, food columnist for the Ventura County Star; Season 7 Winner of MasterChef & Author of My Modern American Table, Shaun O’Neale, and Chef Nic Manocchio of University Auxiliary Services California State University Channel Islands.

Congratulations to our Yummie Top Chef Culinary Savory Winners 2018!

 

 

The 2018 Yummie Top Chef Award Winner  taking first place in the Savory category – for an amazing third year in a row – was Chef Alex Castillo of Twenty88 Gourmet Fusion for their “Jalisco” style short ribs!

 

 

The second place winner was Chef Becky Blosser of Barrelhouse 101 for their Puerco’s nachos.

Our third place winner in the Savory category was Chef Richardo T. Carreto of Rhumb Line for their toasted focaccia with house cured salmon, wasabi cream, and guava jam.

Congratulations to our Yummie Top Chef Culinary Sweet Winners 2018!

 

The 2018 Yummie Top Chef Award Winner taking first place in the Sweet category was Shawn and Sarah Pritchett, owners of Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters,  for their vegan nitro float!

 

 

 

The second place winner was Chef Julia San Bartolome of Sweet Arleen’s for their assemble-yourself an “Old Fashion” dessert.

Our third place in the Sweet category was Chef Becky Blosser of Barrelhouse 101 for their churrones.

 

Congratulations to our “Best In Fest” Brew Winners 2018!

 

Topa Topa Brewing Co. was also awarded the coveted champion belt on the main stage to a large cheering audience!