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6th Annual Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival Announces Celebrity Chef

Chef Roy Breiman Culinary Director, Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge

Gig Harbor, WA – “We are thrilled to announce that Chef Roy Breiman will be joining us as our celebrity chef in 2016,” said Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance President, Pat Schmidt. "His impressive training and background will be sure to make him a fan favorite." Chef Roy's vast expertise will be on stage for all to enjoy during the popular Celebrity Chef Cook-off at the July 23, 2016 Grand Tasting Event.

A graduate of La Cordon Rouge Culinary School in Sausalito, California, Breiman began his career in 4-and 5-star restaurants in San Francisco and New York City, then moved to France where he worked in several Michelin- starred restaurants. Upon his return to the United States, Breiman brought critical acclaim to the three star Michelin Meadowood, Napa Valley, through his international promotion of food and wines of the region. In 1995, Breiman became a member of the James Beard Foundation, and in 1998, joined the ranks of StarChefs’ “Chefs to Know.”

PBS named Breiman one of America’s Rising Star Chefs; John Mariani of Esquire Magazine named him a “Chef to Keep Your Eyes On,” and Bon Appétit magazine named him one of 13 “Top Hotel Chefs in America.”

In 2003, Breiman returned to his native West Coast where at Salish Lodge & Spa he continued his passionate pursuit of promoting sustainable foods. In 2005, the work of Breiman and his team was honored once again, when Salish Lodge & Spa was chosen by the Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List” Awards as the No. 2 dining destination in the United States.

Chef Roy serves as Corporate Culinary Director of Seattle’s Coastal Hotel Group where he oversees operations of five independent hotels whose food and beverage programs have garnered national recognition where, within just a short time, Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge was named by Gayot and Seattle Magazine as the best new Seattle restaurant to open in 2011.

Chef Roy's challenger in this year's celebrity chef cook-off will be Chef Bill Trudnowski, co-owner of the Adriatic Grill in Tacoma. Chef Bill has been a Chef in the Seattle-Tacoma area for over 20 years. In 2000, he was recruited by Consolidated Restaurants to become their Corporate Executive Chef. Building the Chef team and overseeing recipes for Metropolitan Grill, Elliott’s Oyster House and Union Square Grill kept Bill passionate about food while fueling his desire to be a restaurateur.

All of his years of hard work paid off when he established Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine and Wine Bar in Tacoma in 2007. Known for its outstanding Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine, The Adriatic Grill has received numerous industry and consumer awards.

Returning for his third appearance at the Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival, this year as the Chef's Tent emcee and celebrity chef cook-off moderator, is the ever popular Chef Thierry Rautureau. The Chef In The Hat is the chef/owner of both Luc and Loulay Kitchen & Bar (Seattle Met Restaurant of the Year 2014) in Seattle, Washington. Chef Thierry's culinary knowledge, combined with his enjoyable sense of humor, will make for an entertaining afternoon.

The Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival, co-sponsored by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, was recognized with the 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Promotion Award, given by the Washington State Main Street Program as part of their Excellence on Main Awards. This year’s festival promises to be one of the best by far.

Early Bird ticket prices are $70 from now until April 30, $80 from then until the event date and $90 on Festival Day. Tickets can be purchased online at

or at the Downtown Waterfront Alliance office: 3311 Harborview Drive, Suite 101. For more information call 253.514.0071. “This will be a fantastic event, but space is limited and tickets go quickly,” said Josh Sherwin, co-chair of the Festival’s steering committee. “Be sure to get your tickets early.”
Proceeds from the event will help fund the Gig Harbor Cushman Connection Trail Project and other local causes in the downtown waterfront area.

2016 Festival Highlights include:

  • Grand Tasting on Saturday, July 23 with 60+ wineries, craft distilleries, breweries and select fine restaurants and food purveyors
  • A wide selection of educational offerings including wine seminars and cooking demonstrations
  • Celebrity chef appearances, cook-off and book sales
  • New and improved onsite retail store with wine, craft distillery and brewery products
  • Additional events, including the second annual "Sip & Stroll" on Thursday, July 21 and winemaker dinners on Friday, July 22


Mary DesMarais – Executive Director
Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance

The Mission of the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is to bring together community and waterfront district stakeholders in order to encourage economic vitality and to preserve the historic character of the area. For more information about the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance, visit their website at or contact Mary DesMarais – Executive Director, - 253.514.0071.

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