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Cook-Off Raises $87,750 for Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Programs

SANTA CRUZ, CA (February 27, 2019) – The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department announced that the 38th Annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off raised $87,750 for City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department programs this year.  The event has raised over $1,577,250 for Parks & Rec since it started in 1981.

Chef Maya Cervado claimed the top Professional Boston Chowder prize for Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. The popular restaurant has locations in downtown Santa Cruz as well as Santana Row in San Jose. Chef Cervado has a history of success at the event, Rosie McCann’s won 2nd place for their Boston Clam Chowder last year.

Chef Cody Yungmeyer led Malone’s Grille in Scotts Valley to a 2nd place finish, and Chef Alan Vonderwerth from MacKenzie Bar & Grill at Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz brought home a 3rd place for their Boston chowders.

Midgley’s Public House in Stockton was once again the winner for Best Professional Manhattan. Chef Michael Midgley is best known for his appearances on Bravo TV’s Top Chef and Food Network’s Cut Throat Kitchen. Midgley has competed in the Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off and the Santa Cruz Chili Cook-Off for the past five years, and typically places near the top.   
Chef Tim McGregor from Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos took 2nd place, and Shelly Ballard from Cucina Bambini, a “culinary fun center” in San Jose,  took 3rd place in the Professional Manhattan category.

Other restaurants scoring high points from the public with “People’s Choice” Awards include last year’s Boston Division winner Gigi Davis from Lulu’s Griddle in Monterey for their Boston clam chowder and  Cristina Barragan with the UCSC Redwood Sluggers cooked up a winning Manhattan.
In the Amateur division, Roben Webb’s team Clamalicious “Clams of Anarchy” was once again selected Best Amateur Boston by the judges and “People’s Choice” voters.  Manhattan Madhatters won Best Amateur Manhattan.

The Boardwalk and Parks & Rec have worked together for 38 years to host the Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off at the Boardwalk. This was the third­­­­­ year the cook-off was held over two days, with amateurs competing on Saturday, February 23 and Professionals on Sunday, February 24. More than 73 different clam chowders were served over the two-day event. Parks & Rec uses the money raised to fund a scholarship program that allows children from low-income families to participate in their programs.

For a complete list of winners and a link to event photos visit
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