LAST CALL FOR CHEFS!
THE TASTE COOKS!

APPLICATIONS CLOSE THIS FRIDAY!

Showcase your Culinary Skills in Front of a Live Audience!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The Taste Cooks!, hosted by Chef Thierry Rautureau, aka 'The Chef in The Hat', brings fun & excitement to a live stage featuring a selection of the Greater Tacoma area's finest chefs and up-and-coming talent!

Chef Thierry is FUN! He will ensure that, whether you’re seasoned in front of a live audience, or a little nervous, you are bound to have a memorable experience. Chef Thierry will engage with each chef during the demo and cook-off sessions, ask questions, take audience questions, and guide you from start to finish. Bon appetite!

WHO CAN APPLY & WHAT YOU GET:

  • We are looking for chefs from all walks of life. Whether you’re a professional caterer, corporate chef, sous chef, or registered in a culinary arts program, The Taste Cooks! is the stage for you!

  • Chefs will receive a monetary stipend for their participation in each session (demo and/or cook-off).

  • Chefs may participate in multiple sessions/days in both cooking demos and mystery cook-offs! The final schedule will be determined by The Taste of Tacoma®.

  • Chefs will receive one complimentary parking space for the designated time relevant to their session.

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COOKING DEMOS:

Chefs will perform cooking demonstrations of favorite dishes and guests will have the opportunity to take a copy of recipe to try at home!   All demonstrations will be done on a fully-equipped stage including pots, pans, stove top, blenders and other appliances, provided by Albert Lee Appliance, with fresh produce donated by Charlie's Produce. Chefs are welcome to bring their own knives and any specialty pans.

MYSTERY INGREDIENTS COOK-OFF!

Are you ready for some fast cooking action? Chefs will go head-to-head in a mystery ingredient cook-off! Chefs will be given 3 mystery ingredients, a small pantry of basic cooking staples, and 25 minutes to make their dish. Chef Thierry will count down, and emcee the cook-off, engaging chefs and the audience during this fast-paced and exciting event!

Each chef will present their final entree to a judging panel selected by Chef Thierry, from the audience, who, after tasting the dish, will determine the winner! 

EACH CHEF WHO WINS THE TASTE COOKS! MYSTERY COOK-OFF, WILL EARN THE TITLE OF

THE TASTE COOKS! MASTER

AND, $100 WILL BE DONATED IN THEIR NAME, TO THE CHARITY OF THEIR CHOICE!

MEDIA EXPOSURE:

Each The Taste Cooks! chef will be highlighted on social media in advance and onsite, plus feature on The Taste Cooks! website, and, in the official Taste of Tacoma® program run in The News Tribune, and delivered onsite. And…when you’re on that stage, in front of a live audience, the show is yours! Chefs may bring cookbooks, brochures, flyers, etc to promote.

GIFT CARDS & MERCHANDISE - AUDIENCE GIVEAWAYS:

As part of the fun, and to engage the audience further, with your name and business name, audience giveaways including gift cards & merchandise are encouraged, but not mandatory. Chef Thierry promotes the giveaways through questions about chef cooking techniques, ingredients being featured, and other fun trivia. Please check the box on the form below, if you would like to donate gift cards or merchandise.

APPLY NOW:

If you would like to apply to participate in The Taste Cooks!, please complete the form below.

Chef Name *
Chef Name
The Taste Cooks! Schedule
Please select one or more dates/times that you would like to participate in The Taste Cooks! Please note that submitting this application does NOT immediately guarantee the dates/times as checked. We will confirm your application upon receipt. Please ensure to check all relevant boxes below, before submitting application. Thank you!
Friday, June 21
Saturday, June 22
Sunday, June 23
Please list the Title of the Recipe that you will be demonstrating at The Taste Cooks! We will confirm your recipe, and any additional requirements upon application.
Gift Card / Merchandise Giveaway

Photos courtesy of Miranda Bukantz Photography