Professional Food Competition

Some of Sonoma County’s best and brightest food artisans participate in the Harvest Fair’s Professional Food Competition. Professional chefs, caterers and bakers bring unique culinary creations to be sniffed, tasted and finally critiqued in a blind judging by industry experts to determine which dishes and products are the best of the best. The Sonoma County Harvest Fair uses a Danish system of judging, which considers each item individually. If judges deem necessary, multiple gold medals may be awarded per category. Entries can be awarded Best of Show, double gold medals, gold medals, silver rosettes or bronze rosettes.

Taste the Best

All of the award winning foods will be served in the Tasting Pavilion on a rotation over the three day event, offering guests a unique pairing experiene each day. More...

2018 Professional Food Winners

2017 Professional Food Winners

2016 Professional Food Winners

2016 Restaurant Competition Winners

  • Best of Show: John Ash & Co. - Bella Rosa Coffee S'mores Pie
  • Salad: Charlie's at the Windsor Golf Course - Roast Chicken, Farro & Quinoa Salad
  • Appetizer: Thai Time - Fresh Summer Rolls
  • Vegetarian Entrée: Risibisi - Risibisi Risotto
  • Pasta Dish: Gaias Garden - Deconstructed Ravioli
  • Seafood Entrée: Bear Republic Brewing Company - Salmon BLTA
  • Meat Entrée: The Steakhouse @ Equus - Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb
  • Dessert: John Ash & Co. - Bella Rosa Coffee S'mores Pie

2015 Professional Food Winners

2015 Restaurant Competition Winners

  • Best of Show: Earth's Bounty Kitchen & Wine Bar, Santa Rosa
  • Salad: The Zina Lounge, Sonoma - House Cured Ahi Tuna & Local Baby Lettuces
  • Appetizer: Bistro 100, Petaluma - Wild Mushroom Truffled Bruschetta Cream Canape
  • Vegetarian Entrée: Risibisi Restaurant, Petaluma - Eggplant Parmigiana
  • Seafood Entrée: Earth's Bounty Kitchen & Wine Bar, Santa Rosa - Pan Roasted Halibut
  • Meat Entrée: The Secret Kitchen, Petaluma - Pork Bahn Mi Sandwich
  • Dessert: The Zina Lounge, Sonoma - Sonoma Locally Grown Fresh Stone Fruit Gratin

2014 Professional Food Winners

2014 Restaurant Competition Winners

  • Appetizer: Charlie's, Windsor - Blue Cheese Dip
  • Salad: Taverna Sofia, Healdsburg - Watermelon Salad
  • Vegan Entrée: Formosa Bistro, Sebastopol - Pumpkin Curry
  • Pasta Dish: Risibisi Restaurant, Petaluma - Sweet Corn Risotto
  • Seafood Entrée: Formosa Bistro, Sebastopol - Honey Wild Prawns
  • Meat Entrée: Taverna Sofia, Healdsburg - Lamb Meatballs
  • Dessert: John Ash & Company, Santa Rosa - Sticky Fig and Date Pudding

Honorable Mention: Catelli's, Geyserville - Meatball Sliders