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39th Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off


The 39th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off 

Saturday-Sunday, February 22-23, 2020

A 2-Day Event! Rain or Shine!!

Amateur chefs will compete on Saturday, followed by professional chefs on Sunday.

Cook Off Guidelines

Clam Chowder Cook-off Team Registration Open! - Register Today!

Join the delicious festivities as amateur and professional chefs prepare their finest clam chowder recipes along the Boardwalk. Teams compete in the friendly competition, hoping to win prizes and bragging rights for BEST CLAM CHOWDER in the country's largest and longest running clam chowder competition! 

Try some Clam Chowder

The Boardwalk is admission free! You may purchase tasting kits to sample the clammy concoctions. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am on event day. No pre-event ticket sales.

Tasting kits are $10.00 each. Each Tasting Kit includes 6 taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot. 100% of Tasting Kit sales benefit Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation.

Cook-Off Schedule

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - Amateur Teams

  • 10 am Tasting Kits go on sale
  • 10 am - 11 am Preparation period (no heat)
  • 11 am - 1 pm Cooking period
  • 1 pm Public tasting begins 
  • 4 pm Amateur Division winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - Professional Teams

  • 10 am Tasting Kits go on sale
  • 10 am - 11 am Preparation period (no heat)
  • 11 am - 1 pm Cooking period
  • 1 pm Public tasting begins
  • 4 pm Professional Division winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater

Awards will be given for Best Clam Chowder in each division for both Boston and Manhattan, plus People's Choice, Most Tasted, and Best Theming. Awards include plaques, cash prizes, round-trip airfare courtesy of United Airlines, and bragging rights!

2019 Amateur Winners

Best Amateur Boston

Clamalicious "Clams of Anarchy" - Roben Webb, Rio Linda


Best Amateur Manhattan

Clam Halen - Brad Bishop, Hollister 

 Clam Halen

Best Amateur Theming

Keep Clam & Eat Chowder - Mona Leon, San Jose


Most Tasted Amateur

Clamalicious "Clams of Anarchy" - Roben Webb, Rio Linda


People's Choice

Amateur Boston:

Clamalicious "Clams of Anarchy" - Roben Webb, Rio Linda

Amateur Manhattan:

Manhattan Madhatter, Todd Rumbaugh, Santa Cruz


2019 Professional Winners

Best Professional Boston

Rosie McCann's - Cervando Maya, Santa Cruz

Rosie McCann's

Best Professional Manhattan

Midgley's Public House - Michael Midgley, Stockton

 Midgley's Public House

Best Theming Professional Team

Cucina Bambini - San Jose


Most Tasted Professional

Ideal Bar & Grill - Santa Cruz


People's Choice

Professional Boston:

Loulou's - Gigi Davis, Monterey

Professional Manhattan:

Redwood Sluggers (UCSC) - Cristina Barragan, Santa Cruz

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