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Robard’s big win at Wine & Food Week’s Chef Showcase

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On the evening of Saturday, June 9, 2018, Wine and Food Week’s Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott presented guests with the opportunity to slip into their finest attire and be in the company of serious wine enthusiasts and outstanding culinary talent.

At the grand entry Wine Wizard Master of Ceremonies, Guy Stout and Wizard Gourmet DJ Shaun O’Neale, shared a toast to kick off the evening of festivities. The Gloria Ferrer Bubble Cove greeted patrons and offered an array of sparkling selections to start the effervescent experience. Then guests walked into the great ballroom and enjoyed chef demonstrations, sampled more than 500 wines, and tasted gourmet food from 60 restaurants. Guests then ended the evening on a sweet note with selections of confectionery perfection and desserts by renowned pastry chefs.

Get a sneak peek inside the event in the footage captured by Hello Woodlands:

Accomplished Chefs from near and far were personally invited to showcase their talents for the attending guests. At evening’s end, The Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs Trophy and $5,000 cash was awarded to the best chef, as voted by a panel of esteemed judges.

Watch the award ceremony broadcasted live by Hello Woodlands:

Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase Award Winners:

  • “Just Desserts” award and $1,000 was presented to Ryan Witcher, Executive Pastry Chef of Robard’s Steakhouse in The Woodlands, TX
  • 2nd Runner Up was awarded to Carlos Ramos, Executive Chef of Latin Bites Contemporary Cuisine in Houston, Texas
  • 1st Runner Up was awarded to Laurent Godbout, Executive Chef/Owner of Chez L’Épicier in Palm Beach, FL
  • Best of Chef award, Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs Trophy, and $5,000 cash was presented to David Morris, Area Executive Chef of
    Robard’s Steakhouse in The Woodlands, TX

According to Food & Vine Time Productions, this is the first occurrence that chefs from the same restaurant, in this case Robard’s Steakhouse, have won both the “Just Desserts” and the grand “Chef of Chefs” awards.



The grand event also showcased a destination spotlight on Aruba, Mexico, The New Wines of Ancient Thrace and returning Chef of Chefs award winners.

The Tom Peacock Cadillac VIP Luxury Lounge had crème de la crème selections for discerning palettes in the swanky surroundings with lounging areas plus allowed VIP ticket holders to rub elbows with the Wine & Food Week’s special guests, winemakers, culinary judges and authors – and their upgraded keepsake glass.

The evening benefited New Danville, a self-sustaining, master-integrated community for adults with intellectual disabilities to Live, Learn, Work and Grow.

View photos from the event on the Hello Woodlands Facebook page!

Learn more about Wine and Food Week, produced by Food & Vine Time Productions, at