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Make Ashland the destination of your next culinary adventure! 

Save the Date for 9th annual Ashland Culinary Festival, November 6th - 8th, 2015.  The event will be held at a NEW venue this year, the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, 2525 Ashland Street.  

We are excited to announce both the JUDGES and COMPETING CHEFS for the 2015 Ashland Culinary Festival - 

Lead Emcee, Host and Head Judge - Cory Schreiber (Founder of Wildwood Restaurant and won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Pacific Northwest), will return again for 2015.  

Judge - Fabiola Donnelly (Returning Judge, Creator and founder of Not Just Baked, Portland, Oregon - Sweet and Savory recipes from a classically trained baker, Not Just Baked.)
And, we are proud to announce that Ashland Culinary Festivalís Top Chef 2014, James Williams of Omarís Fresh Fish and Steaks won the Iron Chef Oregon at the Bite of Oregon, August 8th and will join Cory and Fabiola as our third Judge. Congratulations James! View the article here.

2015 Competing Restaurants and Chefs:

Harlan Brooks: Peerless Restaurant

Billy Buscher: Alchemy Restaurant & Bar

Stefano Cipollone: Belle Fiore Winery

Skye Elder: Brickroom

Dustin Farley: Porters Ė Dining at the Depot

Shane Hardin: Sammich

Justin Haydock: Green Springs Inn & Cabins

Anna Hogan: Salame Plaza Bistro

Christopher Kempf: Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

Will Shine: Martinoís Ristorante

Maggie Trujillo: Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine

Jasmine Turk-Bly: Ashland Creek Inn

As we draw closer to the event, this page will be updated with more information including the complete event schedule, vendors, lodging packages and more.  

In the meantime, we invite you to read below for a recap from last yearís Festival.  

James Williams from Omarís Seafood & Steaks takes Top Chef 2014 title at the 8th annual Ashland Culinary Festival

Ashland, Oregon Ė With good spirited competition and exciting culinary talent abounding, the 8th annual Ashland Culinary Festival, produced by the Ashland Chamberís Visitor & Convention Bureau was a delicious success this past weekend.  With hundreds in attendance, the anticipation grew as the Chef Competitions ran throughout the weekend to the Final Round Sunday afternoon with James Williams from Omarís taking the Top Chef 2014 title with his winning dish scoring 293 points out of 300 possible points, incorporating the secret key ingredient of Pork rack and parts provided by Willow Witt Farms located in Ashland.   (SEE attached photo of James Williams and sous chef, son Skyler. Photo credit: Graham Lewis).

Here are the results of the Chef Competitions:

        Round One Winner: Will Shine of Martinoís won his round and advanced to the Final Round

         Round Two Winner:  James Williams of Omarís won his round and advanced to the Final Round

         Round Three Winner:  Stefano Cipollone of Belle Fiore Winery won his round and advanced to the Final Round

         The WILD CARD Chef (out of the 9 chefs that did not advance, the chef with the highest score of that group) was:  Dustin Farley of Porterís who was able to compete in the Final Round.

Thank you to all the talented chefs that competed and participated in the weekend.  Adding more chefs this year to the competition gave event goers more to see and generated more culinary energy for the event.  This event showcased the local farms, farmers, ranches, food artisans, wineries, breweries and restaurateurs that contribute to Ashlandís thriving culinary scene year round.  Support from Sysco, lead sponsor in addition the many volunteers, the event committee, the amazing judges: Mary Shaw, Fabiola Donnelly and Cory Schreiber, SOU Digital Media Center and Rogue Valley Television that made this event a success, we thank you and invite you to the 9th annual Ashland Culinary Festival November 6th Ė 8th, 2015.  For a complete list of workshops, participating farms, vendors and event image gallery visit, Ashland Culinary Festival on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. 

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