The city of Livermore was victorious in the 1st Annual Alameda County Mayors Healthy Cook-Off Challenge last week at the Dublin Farmers' Market.
Mayors from six cities in Alameda County partnered with chefs from restaurants in their communities to participate "Iron Chef"-style in the cook-off.
Mayor John Marchand of Livermore teamed up with Chef Matt Greco from The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards to create the winning recipe.
The Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association provided each chef with a bag of produce from the Farmers' Market, while Grocery Outlet of Dublin provided a protein item and grains.
Nine judges, including four members of the Dublin community and five student chefs from the Serendipity Cooking School at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, judged the dishes on taste, presentation, healthiness, and creativity.
The cities of Dublin and Hayward tied for second place, while third place went to the city of Albany.
In addition to Livermore Mayor Marchand, other participants were:
• Albany Mayor Peggy Thomson and Chef Rhasaan Fernandez from Sam's Log Cabin;
• Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti and Chef Jose Guevara from Johnny Garlic's;
• Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison and Chef/Owner Bill Rinetti from Massimo's;
• Hayward Mayor Pro Tem Mark Salinas and Chef Tony Solorio from Tacos Uruapan; and,
• Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and Brian Hampton from Handles Gastropub.