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Pebble Beach Food & Wine Extravaganza and Food Gal Giveaway

The fourth annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine extravaganza rolls into town, April 28-May 1, with more than 70 top toques and 250 acclaimed wineries doing cooking demos, wine seminars and glam dinners at the picturesque Pebble Beach Resorts.

Among the who’s who of culinary talent who will be participating are: Tom Colicchio of “Top Chef”; Yigit Pura, winner of “Top Chef Just Desserts”; Charlie Trotter; Ming Tsai; Tyler Florence; and the one and only Jacques Pepin.

Ticket prices range from $100 for a single event pass to $4,750 for a VIP four-day pass.

If that’s too rich for your blood — and I’m sure for most of us, it definitely is — the Food Gal has another way for you to enjoy a little of the action.

Contest: I’m thrilled to be giving away four Pebble Beach Food & Wine aprons signed by Daniel Boulud, Michael Chiarello, Dean Fearing, Christopher Kostow, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon, who are all part of the Lexus Culinary Masters team.

Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight May 1. Winners will be announced May 3.

How to win?

Tell me which of the above six chefs would you most want to cook you a meal and why. The best four answers win.

Here’s my own answer to that question.

“Wow, that’s a tough one even for me. I might pick Kostow for the elegance of his newly anointed Michelin three-star food. I could pick Boulud, Fearing or Symon because I’ve yet to have the pleasure of trying their food. I also could pick Morimoto because I adore Japanese food, could eat it every day, and still salivate over his glam take on rice porridge reborn with rich pork belly. But in the end, I would have to go with Chiarello, because his food is so lusty and comforting that it puts you in a good mood no matter what. Plus, his gnocchi is so light and pillowy, you almost think they’ll float away if you don’t eat them quickly enough.

Winner of the Previous Contest: In last week’s Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me about an item of clothing that you loved and kept far longer than you should have. The winner will receive his/her choice of a Flavour Gallery T-shirt, as well as a tote bag and memo pad.

Congratulations to:

Nicole, who wrote, “When my mom first immigrated to America, she had a sleeveless Coca Cola red muscle shirt that she bought in Indianapolis in 1976. My mom was 90 lbs. and 5′3″ tall at the time. She trekked the shirt along for 22 years herself, and finally passed down the shirt to me. I was 13 years old when I received this muscle tank and wore it to my first middle school ‘party!’ The boy that I was in LOVE with then, James, asked to hang out with me outside. It was in his backyard, in my mom’s Coca Cola muscle tank that I experienced my first kiss with James. I owe all of my romantical powers to that shirt. It is FAR too small for me to wear today (13 years later from that first kiss), but still takes up space in my drawer.”

More: My Q&A with Ming Tsai

More: My Q&A with Yigit Pura, Winner of “Top Chef Just Desserts”

More: My Q&A with Michael Chiarello

More: My Q&A with Christopher Kostow

And: My Q&A with Masaharu Morimoto

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