Amateur Chefs

Amateur Chef Competition is Now Closed.

Do you have a recipe that you're especially proud of or a coveted
ecipe that has been handed down by a family member or close friend? Is it a recipe that you know can in the hearts of many? Then join in on the most exciting food competition in West
Sonoma County. You could be one of the lucky contestants to win a cash prize.

There are four main categories: Appetizers, Mains, Soups and Salads, and Desserts. Prizes, based on a combination of popular voting and a jury of Celebrity Judges are awarded for each category and for the best overall dish. Special prizes are also awarded to Best Junior Talent, Best Booth Display, Best Rotarian Chef.

How is judging done?

For additional information, and food rules and regulations, visit our FAQ page. If you are interested in participating at this event, sign up now because categories are limited.

Our Judges

Jeff Cox has written a restaurant review for the Press Democrat every week since 1993. He’s also written 20 books, including The Organic Cook’s Bible, which was nominated for a James Beard Foundation award. He’s written and hosted two TV series, one on PBS, one on HGTV. His book on home grape growing and winemaking, From Vines to Wines, is the standard work on the subject and has sold 200,000 copies. He currently writes a science column, Science Matters, in each issue of Horticulture magazine. He’s the former managing editor of Organic Gardening magazine.

Clark Wolf brought arugula to California in 1980 to sell it at the legendary Oakville Grocery in San Francisco, which he ran until he moved to New York in 1982.  Since then he has become America’s leading food and restaurant consultant – with projects in Las Vegas, New York, Australia, Seaside, Florida…to name a few.

Highly opinionated and always energized, Wolf has, since 1999, lived part time in a 100 year old logger’s cabin in the redwoods of northwestern Sonoma County.  The rest of the time he lives in Manhattan and hits the road for clients. 

He’s written about artisan cheesemaking in his 2008 book American Cheeses and currently writes for LinkedIn as one of their Influentials.  In addition to his writing and consulting, Wolf has hosted several television shows and currently co-host the weekly radio show At the Table with Wolf & Smothers.


Wolf has many awards, including induction into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. Learn more about Clark at

Nino Rabaa - Owner of Flipside Bar and Burger, and Flipside Steakhouse and Sports Bar

This was our first time participating and we each enjoyed it so much 
that we are already planning to participate next year.

We were so impressed by the event the organization, the guests, our fellow chefs and by your Rotary's hospitality and warmth. We are definitely interested in participating annually. 

This event was a great way to meet wonderful people and vendors, and share our love for food! We hope that we were able to provide a different taste to the local attendees.

Buy Taste of West County Tickets

This event benefits local West Sonoma County schools, non-profit and community organizations (Community Grants Projects) and Rotary International humanitarian projects.

For more information about Rotary, please visit our website at Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise. 501(c)3 Tax ID: 52-2385555.

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