Trudi Webster, Media Director                    
Taste of Tacoma
® 2019
425.295.3262 |
Festivals Inc.


Thursday, May 9, 2019 — Tacoma, WA — Take a look inside a professional chef’s kitchen at The Taste Cooks! presented by Albert Lee Appliance on Friday through Sunday, June 21st - 23rd, 2019, at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington.

The Taste Cooks! will feature high-energy mystery ingredient cook-offs and culinary demonstrations by some of the Tacoma area’s best and entertaining chefs. The Taste Cooks! lineup changes each day, with chefs eager to share their delicious handpicked recipes, and showcase their quick-thinking in the mystery ingredient cook-offs.

The Taste Cooks! features ‘more mystery cook-off’s this year. The competing chefs will be given 30 minutes to create a masterpiece from three mystery ingredients, a basic pantry, and a large selection of produce, kindly donated by Charlie’s Produce.

Three lucky audience members will be selected to critique each chef on their dish and performance. The criteria: creative use of ingredients, presentation, tastiness and overall entertainment. The winning chef will be announced live, and will receive a $100 donation in their name towards the charity of their choice. 2018 winners donated to charities including Ronald McDonald House, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Emergency Food Network.

Notable chefs participating on The Taste Cooks! stage include return crowd favorites, Jon Maley (ChūcH), Saffron Hodgson “The Aussie’ (, Hudson Slater (Asado Cucina), and Shawn Tibbitts (Tibbitts@FernHill), and new to The Taste Cooks!, Jan Parker (Jan Parker Cookery), Brittany Erwin (Cooks Tavern), Kris Blondin (Devour) and more! 

Chef Thierry Rautureau aka ‘The Chef in The Hat’ will return for his second year as emcee of The Taste Cooks!, and will bring his unique level of excitement, and extensive culinary experience to the stage.

The Taste Cooks! is presented by Albert Lee Appliance, with media partners KOMO 4, KOMO News 1000, and Seattle Refined.

The Taste of Tacoma® is a free-to-attend community festival, and in an effort for attendees to experience the best of the Taste of Tacoma®, we are excited to offer early bird discounted food and beverage options: Experience Taste Package which includes Craft Beer & Wine Tasting + Taste It! Food Tickets, and the new Taste It! Food Only Package.  

Discounted Taste Packages are available for purchase at

The Taste of Tacoma® also features handcraft & commercial goods vendors, 70+ live bands on 3 stages, The Taste Cooks! chef demos & cook-off battles, presented by Albert Lee Appliance, Craft Beer and Wine Tasting in The Rose Garden, beer gardens serving up cool brews and local spirits by Gig Harbor’s Heritage Distilling Co., Funtastic Carnival rides and games, sponsor samples and more!  

For the full line up of The Taste Cooks! demonstrations and cook-offs, or for other Taste of Tacoma® event details, head to



Taste of Tacoma®
Friday-Sunday, June 21-23, 2019
Point Defiance Park
5400 N. Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
For tickets and more info: