Back by popular demand, the 2021 California Nut Festival will feature a lively and fun “Nutty Chef Competition” in the crowd-favorite California Olive Ranch cooking demo area. Festival attendees will be able to sit back and enjoy watching a culinary contest that highlights the ingenuity of three local chefs all competing for the honor of being named the 2021 Nutty Chef.
As a part of the friendly contest, each chef will receive 30 minutes to prepare a delightfully delicious dish of their choice in front of the live audience. Each chef will be allowed to bring ingredients of their choice but they will be given a number of secret ingredients that they will need to creatively incorporate into their special dish.
After a taste test, a panel of judges will select the winner who will be announced at the festival. Plus, there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the talented local chefs. Please plan your day to join the fun in this unique and nutty way!
Ann Leon of Almendra Winery & Distillery
John Dean of Drunken Dumpling
Richard Hirshen of Mooney Farms/Bella Sun Luci
2021 "Nutty Chef" Winner Announced
Ample seating is available; arrive early, sit back and enjoy the cooking presentations!
Almendra Winery & Distillery
Mooney Farms/Bella Sun Luci
Executive Chef, OHBees Hive
Tin Roof Bakery & Cafe
Two Twenty Restaurant
Executive Chef Micheal Iles of Two Twenty Restaurant in Chico
Owner & Executive Chef Michael Thiemann of Mother & Empress Tavern Restaurants
Owner & Executive Chef David Gomez of Roots Catering & Restaurant in Chico
Ashurina "Chef Rina" Younan
Three-time Food Network Champion
Executive Chef from Old Sacramento’s Ten22
Executive Chef of Paragary’s Restaurant Group
Owner of Mulvaneys B&L
(formerly) of The Grange restaurant