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Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez won the Top
Chef award for the second straight year at the third annual
Southern California Baseball Coaches Media Day/ESPN Zone Anaheim
Cooking Challenge on Jan. 26 at the ESPN Zone in Downtown
Joining Rodriguez were Larry Lee of Cal Poly,
Matt Curtis of Cal State Northridge, Troy Buckley of Long Beach
State, Jason Gill of Loyola Marymount, Rich Hill of San Diego,
John Savage of UCLA, Mike Gillespie of UC Irvine, Doug Smith of
UC Riverside, Bob Brontsema of UC Santa Barbara and assistant
coach Doyle Wilson of USC. Dave Serrano of Cal State Fullerton
was not able to defend his award for best creativity due to an
Coaches had 15 minutes to prepare entrees which
were graded by a panel of judges. The theme was the slider.
Rodriguez created his Malibu Mudsliders, a Cajun
burger topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers and
crumbled blue cheese.
Savage claimed the Best Presentation award for
his Filet de Gillespie sliders, a tribute to UCI’s head coach.
Hill won the Best Creativity award for his San
Diego Paleo slider, a healthy, low-carb slider.
Brontsema earned the Best
Taste award with his Ole Special. He had won the past two awards
for Best Presentation.
Wilson received the Kitchen Nightmare award for
his No Good sliders. For his lack of cooking skills, Wilson got
a fire extinguisher, a cook book and freeze-dried food.