He may not have been chosen Bravo TV’s “Top Chef,” but chef Ryan Scott came out on top at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Scott, a former “Top Chef” contestant won the $5,000 grand prize at the 3rd annual Garlic Showdown July 25 at the festival. The showdown included an “Iron Chef” type contest complete with tomatoes as the secret ingredient.

Scott’s four-course meal included:

  • Hand-torn pasta with baby tomatoes, tomato broth and mozzarella
  • Sun-dried tomato, black garlic-encrusted beef tenderloin
  • Sungold tomato succotash
  • Watermelon tomato salad with smoked tomato vinaigrette.

The 31st annual Gilroy Garlic Festival was July 25-26 in Gilroy, Calif. It was co-founded in 1978 by Don Christopher, president of Gilroy, Calif.-based Christopher Ranch and Rudy Melone, a former president of Gavilan College in Gilroy. Festival attendance this year topped 108,000.

Top Chef star wins honors at Gilroy Garlic Festival
                       Courtesy Gilroy Garlic Festival

Bravo TV's "Top Chef" star Fabio Viviani, right, emcee of the Gilroy Garlic Festival's Garlic Showdown on July 26, congratulates winner Ryan Scott.