SF’s Culinary Clash Competition Returns for 6th Year at Luce and Debuts at Nob Hill Club

On March 4th, Culinary Clash returned to Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco and debuted at the Nob Hill Club at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. A cooking school competition and scholarship event, the Culinary Clash invites students from the Bay Area’s International Culinary Center to showcase their own menus at one of the restaurants on a designated night. Dinners are open to the public and are judged by a panel of hotel executives, local personalities, and food writers, as well as guests of each restaurant that evening. Participants, a student chef and student sous chef, compete for scholarship monies and a portion of the proceeds from each dinner benefits the International Culinary Center scholarship fund. To date, the program has raised more than $35,000 for culinary scholarships.

Menus and recipe submissions were judged on consistency with Luce and Nob Hill Club’s styles, as well as the ability to execute the dishes within a particular price point. Each team worked closely with Chef Daniel Corey from Luce and Chef Michael Wong from Nob Hill Club to feature their menu for one night of service. Culinary Clash dinners include an appetizer, entrée, and dessert as well as optional wine pairing with Napa Valley Trinchero Family Estates wines. The three-course menu is $40 per person and an additional $20 for the wine pairing, excluding tax and gratuity.

  • Saturdays – March 11, and 18 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Nob Hill Club at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins (One Nob Hill); for reservations, contact Joanna Carrasco at 415-616-6940 or Joanna.Carrasco@ihg.com.
  • Sundays – March 12, and 19 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco (888 Howard Street); for reservations, contact Erica Albericci at 415-616-6560 or erica.albericci@ihg.com.

Upcoming dinner dates, student teams and menus are as follows:

SATURDAY, March 11 (Nob Hill Club)

Student Chef Anna Ruiz & Student Sous Chef Sarim Yaun

Asparagus Veloutée
Walnut Pistou
Glazed Pork Belly
Fennel Pollen, Grits, Dandelion Greens
Grapefruit Panna Cotta
Crème Fraiche Gelato

SUNDAY, March 12 (LUCE)

Student Chef Amber Calloway and Student Sous-Chef Esteban Gallardo

Chestnut Gnocchi with Confit Pork Shoulder
Seared Cippolini Onion
Cracked Black Pepper Veal
Rainbow Carrots, Celery Puree, Brandy Sauce
Zesty Buttermilk Ice Cream
Almond Polenta Cake

SATURDAY, March 18 (Nob Hill Club)

Student Chef Carlos Bello & Student Sous Chef Khoa Nguyen

Wild Boar Ravioli
Mushroom Pasta Dough, Sunchoke Sauce, Comté Foam, Fried Sunchokes
Seared Duck Breast
Fennel Purée, Spiced Madeira-Blood Orange Sauce, Potato Gratin
Lavender Panna Cotta
Limoncello Sorbet, Honeycomb Crumble

SUNDAY, March 19 (LUCE)

Student Chef Mitch Rogers and Student Sous-Chef Carla Lopez

Sofrito and Tostones
Classical Sofrito Served with Fried Green Plantain
Pork Shoulder with Yuca and Maduros
Mojo-Marinated Pork Shoulder with Yuca Con Ajo
Sweet Plantains, Onion, Pickled Pimento, Black Bean stuffed Squash Blossoms
Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Tropical Fruit
Coconut, Pineapple, Guava, Guava Consomme, Plantain Almond Croquettes

Reservations are required and seating is limited. For more information on Luce at the InterContinental® San Francisco or Nob Hill Club at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins and further details on the Culinary Clash, please visit www.intercontinentalsanfrancisco.com or www.intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com.

About InterContinental San Francisco
The InterContinental San Francisco opened in February 2008 at Howard and 5th streets next to Moscone West Convention Center. The hotel towers 32 stories above the heart of the City and features 550 rooms, 14 suites, 43,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space with natural light, the Michelin-starred Luce restaurant, Bar 888, a ten-room treatment spa, full-service fitness center, and an indoor pool. InterContinental San Francisco received its LEED EBOM Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2011. For more information and to make reservations, contact the InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, Calif.  94103, at 415.616.6500 or 888.811.4273 or by visiting www.intercontinentalsanfrancisco.com.

About InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Located on the top of prestigious Nob Hill at the intersection of California and Mason Streets, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, a historic landmark, is a regular stop on the California Street cable car line.  Just minutes away from the financial and theatre districts as well as Union Square and Chinatown, this four-star, four-diamond hotel is also home to the Top of the Mark, the world-renowned 19th floor sky lounge that offers panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area.  For more information and to make reservations, contact the Mark Hopkins, Number One Nob Hill, San Francisco, Calif. 94108, at 415.392.3434 or 800.NOB HILL (662-4455), or by visiting www.intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com.