The Second Annual “Culinary Clash” Starts this March 3, 2013

Video: Watch our Editor in Chief Kaye Cloutman at last year’s Luce Culinary Clash Competition

Photos from last year’s Culinary Clash courtesy of lemon168’s Flickr Photostream

Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco announces its second annual Culinary Clash, inviting culinary students to compete for a chance to cook with the restaurant’s Michelin-star Chef de Cuisine Daniel Corey and GEV Magazine is proud to be part of this year’s judging committee once again. This year’s competition is in partnership with the California Culinary Academy (CCA) and The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University  (Ai California — San Francisco), with proceeds from the dinners benefitting each school’s scholarship fund. Students submitted menus and corresponding recipes and four finalists will be selected to cook at Luce and showcase their menu on a designated Sunday, starting on March 3, 2013.

Chef Daniel Corey prepping with the students in the kitchen.

Michelin-star chef, Daniel Corey, Peter Koehler -GM of InterContinental San Francisco, and Guest judge Kaye Cloutman - Editor-in-Chief of GEV Magazine

“Last year, there was so much excitement from the kitchen to the dining room surrounding each dinner and we can’t wait to see what this year brings,” says InterContinental San Francisco General Manager Peter Koehler. “The Culinary Clash is not only a great way to support education, but it is also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for culinary students to get some hands-on experience in a fine dining establishment.”

CCA Student Ashley Gates comes into the dining room with Chef Daniel Corey to greet the judges.

The menus featured at Luce will be judged by a panel of hotel executives, local personalities, foodies, and food writers, in addition to guests of the restaurant each Sunday evening. The first place winner is invited to cook alongside Chef Corey and the Luce team at an off-site national food and wine event. Last year’s winner worked with Chef Corey at the prestigious James Beard House in New York.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA BASS lemon rapini, confit cherry tomato, sweet yellow corn, basil

Ashley Gates' pannacotta and sorbet dessert offering

In addition to showcasing their menu in a Michelin-starred restaurant, the finalists will also receive special training on wine pairing with Luce’s Beverage Director John Wight and partners from the Wine Road, an association of 190 wineries and 50 lodgings throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys in Sonoma County. Students will spend a full day exploring featured wineries, learning how to pair with their menu being featured at Luce.

LUCE's sommelier John Wight with Donovan Unks, The Dapper Diner (guest judge).

Tamara Palmer of Bay Area and SFEats (guest judge).

A portion of proceeds from each menu sold during the four Sundays will go to the scholarship fund of the featured school of that evening. The three course dinners are offered at $40 per person from Sunday, March 3, 2013 through Sunday, March 24, 2013. Wine pairing, tax, and gratuity are not included. The winners will be announced during a special event at Luce on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Luce offers a dining experience that is the perfect marriage of local flavors and global inspiration, focusing on modern American cuisine. In addition to sourcing the best sustainable products as possible, Chef Corey is committed to crafting many items in house, including pastas, desserts, and pickled ingredients. Luce has been recognized with a Michelin star since 2009 and this year’s accolade marks the second Michelin star under Chef Corey’s direction. Luce is also the recipient of the Wine Spectator“Award of Excellence” for three consecutive years.

Judges including Mary Wagstaff (middle) meet other competing students.

Located on the lobby level of the InterContinental San Francisco in the South of Market district, Luce offers a modern and sophisticated dining atmosphere. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves brunch on weekends. For reservations, please call 415.616.6566 or visit

For more information on Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco and further details on Luce’s Culinary Clash, please visit