Rodriguez named Top Chef
Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez earned the
Top Chef award at the Second Annual Coaches Cooking Challenge at
the ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney.
The winning dish for Rodriguez was spicy chicken
Rodriguez was one of a dozen Southern
California-based baseball coaches in the competition. Each coach
was given 20 minutes to prepare the entrée and a panel of three
judges rated each on several categories, including creativity,
presentation and taste.
Serrano of Cal State Fullerton earned the creativity award for
“The Hot Corner”, his spicy chicken tacos. Bob Brontsema of UC
Santa Barbara received the best presentation award for spelling
“UCSB” in red peppers atop his pasta dish. Larry Lee (right) of
Cal Poly won the best taste award for his double tortilla tacos.
Chad Kreuter of USC, last year’s Top Chef,
finished last this time, earning a Paula Dean beginner’s
cookbook, a bottle of Pepto Bismol, an Easy-Bake Oven and a
miniature fire extinguisher.
Other competing coaches included Steve Rousey of
Cal State Northridge, Mike Gillespie of UC Irvine, Doug Smith of
UC Riverside, Jason Gill of Loyola Marymount, John Savage of
UCLA and Rich Hill of San Diego.
(photo courtesy of Cal Poly Media Relations Office)