On February 7, 2015, Citywide 86’d kicked off its 2015 competition with a preliminary round between LaV’s Casey Petty, Olive & June’s Oscar Yip, Greenhouse Craft Food’s Matt Crader, and Qui’s Alice Gonzalez. The young chefs were tasked with creating a three-course meal on the spot using secret ingredients, including cinnamon rolls in a can, pop tarts from St. Philip, and Cuvee Cold Brew coffee. Joining Austin Way Editor in Chief Kathy Blackwell on the panel of judges for this round were Salt & Time’s Bryan Butler, food and beverage consultant Valerie Broussard, and Keith Kreeger—the designer and porcelain mastermind behind Keith Kreeger Studios. Qui’s Gonzalez will continue on to the finals on June 16, a ticketed event open to the public, where she will be joined by three more chefs to be decided at preliminary rounds occurring throughout the spring.
Read the original Austin Way post and see the photo gallery here.