City of Pleasant Hill Wins 1st Place for the 8th Annual Contra Costa County  Mayors’ Healthy Cook-off

The city of Pleasant Hill walked away with the 1st place winning trophy for the 8th Annual Contra Costa County Mayors’ Healthy Cook-off held at Todos Santos Park in Concord, California.

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The winning team was represented by Vice-Mayor Michael Harris, Chef Juan Sedano from WiseGirl Ristorante Italiano, Sous Chef Christopher Pitts from the 2016 Sustainable Hospitality Pathway at Mount Diablo High School.
The winning dish included:
Side Dish: Zucchini and yellow squash
Side Dish: Sautéed yellow wax beans
Entrée: Grilled flanked steak topped with gorgonzola cheese
Dessert: Grilled peaches, eggplant
Other awards included:
• 2nd Place Winner – Danville
• 3rd Place Winner – Antioch
This year the following cities participated by either cooking or officiating as a Judge:
  • City of Antioch – Council Member Mary Rocha  and Lone Tree Golf Event and Event Center Chef Jose Aguilar
  • City of Clayton – Mayor Howard Geller
  • City of Concord – Mayor Laura Hoffmeister and Deputy City Manager/Chef Jovan Brogan
  • City of Danville – Councilwoman Renee Morgan and The Peasant and the Pear Chef Rodney Worth
  • City of Pleasant Hill – Vice-Mayor Michael Harris and WiseGirl Ristorante Italiano Chef Juan Sedano
  • City of Walnut Creek – Mayor Loella Haskew and Chef Arash Ghasemi from Main St. Kitchen
• City of San Pablo – Councilman Paul Morris
Other Judges included:
  • California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson
  • Contra Costa County Supervisor, Karen Mitchoff – District IV
  • Contra Costa County Ag Commissioner, Chad Godoy
  • Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board Vice Chair, Chuck Carpenter
  • Albertson – Safeway External Communication Manager/Board Member of the East Bay Leadership Council, Wendy Gutshall
  • Mount Diablo Unified School District Food Service Director, Anna Fisher
  • Executive Director of the Cancer Support Community of the East Bay, Jim Bouquin
The event was hosted by Wellness City Challenge, the City of Concord and Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association. Sponsors for the event included:
  • American Heart Association
  • Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area
  • John Muir Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Lennar Urban
  • Mount Diablo Resource Recovery
  • Republic Services
  • Safeway, Inc
  • Sysco
  • Travis Credit Union


Contra Costa County Farmers’ Donations
  • Dal Porto Beef
  • Dwelley Farms in Brentwood (Yellow Crookneck Squash and Yellow Wax Beans)
  • Eden Plains Organic Farm in Brentwood (Green Zucchini Squash) 
  • First Generation Farmers in Knightsen (Eggplant and Tomatoes) 
  • McCauley Olive Groves (Olive Oil)
  • Shelly’s Eggs Brentwood
  • Smith Family Farms in Knightsen (Golden Pluots)
  • Sunnyside Organic Farm in Richmond (Canary Melons, Peppers, Tomatoes, fresh herbs)