Chef Roy Breiman will join the 2016 Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival as its celebrity chef in 2016, event organizers announced last week.
“His impressive training and background will be sure to make him a fan favorite,” Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance president Pat Schmidt said in a release.
Breiman’s vast expertise will be on stage for all to enjoy during the popular Celebrity Chef Cook-off at the July 23 Grand Tasting Event.
A graduate of La Cordon Rouge Culinary School in Sausalito, California, Breiman began his career in 4-and 5-star restaurants in San Francisco and New York City, then moved to France where he worked in several Michelin-starred restaurants. Upon his return to the United States, Breiman brought critical acclaim to the 3-star Michelin Meadowood, Napa Valley, through his international promotion of food and wines of the region.
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In 1995, Breiman became a member of the James Beard Foundation, and in 1998, joined the ranks of StarChefs’ “Chefs to Know.”
In 2003, Breiman returned to his native West Coast where at Salish Lodge & Spa he continued his passionate pursuit of promoting sustainable foods. In 2005, the work of Breiman and his team was honored once again, when Salish Lodge & Spa was chosen by the Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List” Awards as the No. 2 dining destination in the United States.
Breiman 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.
Breiman’s challenger in this year’s celebrity chef cook-off is Chef Bill Trudnowski, co-owner of the Adriatic Grill in Tacoma. Trudnowski has been a chef in the Seattle-Tacoma area for more than 20 years. In 2000, he was recruited by Consolidated Restaurants to become its corporate executive chef. Building the chef team and overseeing recipes for Metropolitan Grill, Elliott’s Oyster House and Union Square Grill kept Trudnowski passionate about food while fueling his desire to be a restaurateur.
Returning for his third appearance at the Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival, this year as the Chef’s Tent emcee and celebrity chef cook-off moderator, is 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.
The Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival, co-sponsored by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, was recognized with the 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Promotion Award, given by the Washington State Main Street Program as part of its Excellence on Main Awards.
Early Bird ticket prices are $70 from now until April 30, $80 from then until the event date and $90 on Festival Day. Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/harborwineandfood or at the Downtown Waterfront Alliance office at 3311 Harborview Drive, Suite 101.
Proceeds from the event will help fund the Gig Harbor Cushman Connection Trail Project and other local causes in the downtown waterfront area.
For more information, call 253-514-0071.