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Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs Competition

Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase participating chefs, will vye for the coveted $5,000 cash prize and Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs award, while inspired renowned pastry chefs simultaneously compete for the Just Desserts trophy.
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2018 Award Winners

Chef of Chefs Winner

Chef of Chefs Winner

David Morris
Area Executive Chef,
Howard Hughes Hospitality,
Robard’s Steakhouse
The Woodlands, TX
Just Desserts Winner

Just Desserts Winner

Ryan Witcher
Executive Pastry Chef
Robard's
The Woodlands, TX
1st Runner Up

1st Runner Up

Laurent Godbout
Executive Chef/Owner
Chez L'Épicier
Palm Beach, FL
2nd Runner Up

2nd Runner Up

Carlos Ramos
Executive Chef
Latin Bites Contemporary Cuisine
Houston, Texas
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Past Winners

2017 Chef of Chef Winner

2017 Chef of Chef Winner

Hassan Obaye
Executive Kitchen Manager
La Table
Houston, TX
2017 Just Desserts Winner

2017 Just Desserts Winner

Michael Gaddy
Executive Pastry Chef
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott
The Woodlands, TX
2017 1st Runner Up

2017 1st Runner Up

Santiago de la Cruz
Executive Chef
The Woodlands Country Club
The Woodlands, TX
2017 2nd Runner Up

2017 2nd Runner Up

Jesse Cavazos
Executive Chef
Cru Food & Wine Bar
The Woodlands, TX
2016 Chef of Chefs Winner

2016 Chef of Chefs Winner

Carlos Ramos
Executive Chef
Latin Bites
Houston, TX
2016 Just Desserts Winner

2016 Just Desserts Winner

Miguel Gutierrez
Pastry Chef
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott
The Woodlands, TX
2016 1st Runner Up

2016 1st Runner Up

Santiago de la Cruz
Executive Chef
The Woodlands Country Club
The Woodlands, TX
2016 2nd Runner Up

2016 2nd Runner Up

Hassan Obaye
Executive Chef
La Table
Houston, TX
2015 Chef of Chef Award Winner

2015 Chef of Chef Award Winner

Kris Jakob
Executive Chef
Kris Bistro and Wine Lounge
Houston, TX
2015 Just Desserts Winner

2015 Just Desserts Winner

Kyle Evans
Executive Chef
Bob's Steak & Chop House
The Woodlands, TX
2015 1st Runner Up

2015 1st Runner Up

Ja'Nel Witt
Former Executive Chef
Corner Table
Houston, TX
2015 2nd Runner Up

2015 2nd Runner Up

John Brazie
Executive Chef
The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center
The Woodlands, TX
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Taco Takedown Competition

At Sips, Suds & Tacos it's “game on” for the Taco Take-Down! Guests will choose their favorite taco while the judges choose theirs and restaurants and chefs compete for the coveted Taco Takedown Trophy.
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Past Taco Takedown Winners

2018 Taco Takedown Winner

2018 Taco Takedown Winner

Michael Gabriel
Executive Chef Private Caterer
Houston, TX
2017 Taco Takedown Winner

2017 Taco Takedown Winner

David Cordua
Executive Chef/Owner
The Cordua Group
Churrasco's Steak & Seafood
Houston, TX
2016 Taco Takedown Winner

2016 Taco Takedown Winner

Kate Schirm
Culinary Director
VERTS Mediterranean Grill
Houston, TX
2015 Taco Takedown Winner

2015 Taco Takedown Winner

Scott Varnedoe
Executive Chef
Restaurant IPO
Baton Rouge, LA
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