Byron Inn Cafe chef and owner Roberto Rose to compete at Baconfest

Local chef Roberto Rose, owner of the Byron Inn Café in Byron, will bring his signature waffle’wich to the Baconfest cooking competition, which will be emceed by celebrity chef and TV personality Guy Fieri.

Photo courtesy of Roberto Rose.

Father’s Day weekend at Dell’Osso Family Farm will be a bacon lover’s paradise, featuring Byron’s very own chef Roberto Rose, owner of the Byron Inn Café

Rose is one of eight professional chefs from the Bay Area chosen to enter a cooking contest emceed by celebrity chef and TV personality Guy Fieri. On June 18 and 19, Dell’Osso Family Farm will be hosting the inaugural Baconfest, a celebration of America’s mightiest meat. The weekend will be filled with food vendors, beers, bands, kids rides, activities and the World Bacon Eating Championship, as well as the much anticipated cook-off contest, featuring California’s best chefs.

“I’m ecstatic to be part of the competition and want to put this town on the map,” said Rose, who will be introduced by Guy Fieri as the ‘Italian Cowboy.’

Originally from Napoli, Italy, Rose moved to the states as a teen and worked in upscale restaurants in San Francisco before he taking over the Byron Inn Café last October, bringing with him his farm-to-fork philosophy. Rose makes everything in house, including the buns, bread, pizza dough, sauces and pasta, which he rolls out by hand on the bar.

He will be cooking his signature ‘waffle’wich’ at the competition, which is a customer favorite at his café.

“The waffle’wich concept is something I actually dreamt about before adding it to the menu,” said Rose.

The waffle’wich is made with crispy bacon pieces, cheese and green onions cooked into a waffle batter; then, the waffles are used to sandwich crispy, fried chicken breasts topped with a fresh spring mix and sweet apricot aioli.

“For the competition, I will be modifying the recipe slightly to add more bacon, including two crispy, chipotle-candied bacon strips,” said Rose, who added that it will be featured at the café for a limited time after the competition.  

The competition will take place Sunday, June 19, on the T.R.U.C.K. (Traveling Restaurant Ultimate Competition Kitchen), which resembles a transformer. The T.R.U.C.K. is 70 feet long, with two custom competition kitchens; a massive, 18-foot media wall covered in HD large-format display screens; and two sets of interactive displays that flank a theater-like stage.

“It’s my dream kitchen with all the bells and whistles,” said Rose. “I actually think it’s bigger than our entire café!”

According to his wife, Rose is ready for the competition and is hoping to see customers and familiar faces in the crowd.

“We absolutely hope the community will be there to cheer him on,” said Jennifer Rose.

Preliminary rounds for the mystery-basket style competition begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, after which four chefs will move on to round one of the cooking contest at noon. The final round of the contest is from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.

The Baconfest will take place at Dell’Osso Family Farm, 501 Manthey Road, in Lathrop, and tickets are available at www.baconfest.com. Ticket prices are $25 for adults 15 and older, $12.50 for children 6 to 14 and children 5 and under are free.

Byron Inn Café is located at 16141 Byron Highway, in Byron. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/b6dHa9 or call 925-634-9441.

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