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The Sierra Chef Challenge features local talents duking it out for the coveted Sierra Chef title.

The annual Sierra Chef Challenge includes four chefs each cooking against one another with a mystery box of locally grown ingredients. The competition will start out with four chefs. One chef will be eliminated each round. All the chefs will have 30-minutes to create each course per round. The competition will have four chefs competing on an appetizer course in the first round, three chefs competing on an entrée course for the second round and two chefs competing on a dessert course in the final round for the coveted Sierra Chef title. Each chef will prepare six plates per round. All six of the plates will be used for judging. Each chef will be judged on creativity, presentation, and taste.

Executive Chef Patrick Harrity

Executive Chef Patrick Harrity of Cold Water Brewery grew up east of San Francisco in Brentwood, California where he began his culinary career working in a small butcher shop and BBQ restaurant. Harrity attended Sonoma State University before making the move to South Lake Tahoe five years ago. Since then he has worked for some of the best chefs in the region including Mark Estee, Charlee Abowd, and Justin Kaplan, learning to appreciate and utilize locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

Harrity continues to bring “California Comfort Food” to Cold Water Brewery drawing inspiration from a variety of cultures and cuisines to create a menu to satisfy all palates and the pickiest of eaters. When he is not running a kitchen, Harrity can be found on his mountain bike enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Lake Tahoe or making pastries with his favorite lady Rosie of Sweet Rosies Baked Treats.

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