The Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert is on track to be one of the top culinary events in the nation. This year’s event will feature many recognizable faces from some of the sexiest chefs in the culinary world. The 3-day Food and Wine Festival will feature 25 celebrity chef demonstrations and 6 of the top wine experts in the nation.
This year’s event will feature many recognizable faces from the Food Network, Cooking Network, ABC and Fox’s Master Chef on Friday, March 23 through Sunday, March 25. To watch an excerpt from last year’s event and for a detailed line-up of 2012, visit www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com.
· Adam Gertler -- Finalist on The Next Food Network Star, host of Will Work for Food, and Food Network Challenge: All Star Grill Off
A cook, entertainer and food enthusiast, Gertler charmed audiences in the 4th season of Food Network’s hit primetime series The Next Food Network Star. Following that in 2009 he began hosting Food Network’s new series Will Work for Food, exploring a variety of jobs related to the food industry across the country.
· Andre’ Carthen – Food & Entertainment Ambassador, kathy ireland worldwide
Celebrity Chef Andre is often asked to bring his culinary awareness to the media and has appeared on popular television programs like “Today Show,” “Access Hollywood “, “Anderson Cooper , “Soap Talk,” “EXTRA,” “Inside Hollywood,” “Sunday Dinner,” and “Brave Heart Women.”
ACafe Society by Celebrity Chef Andre, products range from Rugs, Furniture, Top of Bed, Accessories, Lighting, Wall Art, Table Top, Jewelry, Skincare, Knives, Pots & Pan and our Candles, which have received one of the brands many Good Housekeeping Seals of Approval.
Featured in Kathy’s book “Real Solutions for Busy Moms: Your Guide to Success and Sanity,” Janet Jackson’s first book, NY Times #1 Best Seller “True You” - contributes over 30 recipes for a healthy meal plan. Chef Andre is also the newest member of Nutrisystem Success Chef’s Council.
· Chris Crary – Top Chef Texas and Executive Chef, Whist Restaurant, Santa Monica
Chris Crary appeared on Season 9 of the Food Network TV series Top Chef Texas and is presently the Chef de Cuisine at the award-winning restaurant Whist in Santa Monica. After receiving his degree in Culinary Arts, Chef Crary ventured to California to begin his culinary journey where he trained with his mentor Tony DiSalvo, former chef at Jean Georges in New York. His approach to cuisine incorporates Italian, Asian, and Spanish influences.
. Roy Yamaguchi – Chef/Founder Roy’s restaurants
First introduced in Honolulu by James Beard award winner Chef Roy Yamaguchi, Roy’s has become well known throughout the world for its Hawaiian Fusion® Cuisine – featuring the freshest local ingredients, European sauces and bold Asian spices with a focus on seafood. Today there are 34 Roy’s restaurants around the world -- 25 in the Continental US, 7 in Hawaii, 1 in Japan and 1 in Guam.
· Sharone Hakman – Finalist Fox’s Master Chef
Culinary showman Sharone Hakman has an insatiable appetite for adventure and for creating delectable food. His dishes are as versatile and lively as his personality, filling you up in taste and in presentation. Originally a financial planner, Sharone left the corporate world to follow his true love for food, pursuing a career as a chef. His standout performance on Fox's hit show Master Chef was such a sensation that he was offered a position at Mario Batali's famed Italian eatery, Mozza Osteria in Los Angeles. Sharone now owns a successful catering company, teaches cooking classes to fellow foodies, and created a line of his signature gourmet BBQ sauce that is so good Gordon Ramsay says it's the best EVER made! A highly acclaimed chef, dedicated family man and active lifestyle enthusiast, Hakman puts as much love in his food as he does in his zest for life. Watching Hakman work his talent behind the stove is a lesson in how to celebrate and enjoy life's greatest indulgence. Eat Up!
· Sean Kanan – Author, Soap Opera Star on the Bold and the Beautiful/Young and the Restless
Sean Kanan is an internationally renowned actor best known for is iconic role as Deacon Sharpe in the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful. Sean has been a hard-working actor ever since receiving his degree from UCLA. Shortly after graduation, he landed one of the major roles in the megahit Karate Kid III, starring as Ralph Macchio’s nemesis. He followed quickly followed with roles on the TV series produced by Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders, and Oliver Stone’s Wild Palms. He subsequently moved to network television with roles on General Hospital, Sunset Beach, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless. In between movie sets, Sean decided to start a movement to repurpose men by writing a how-to/cookbook. Check out Sean's first book The Modern Gentlemen; Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan. Available on Amazon.com or personalized on his website www.SeanKananTheModernGentleman.com.
The Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert would not be possible without the following support: City of Palm Desert, Viking Range Corporation, KCET, Stella Artois, Costco Wholesale, Wilson Daniels, Ltd., Trinchero Family Estates, Temecula Valley Wine Growers Association, Irish Dairy Board (Kerrygold), Icelandic Glacial, Lancaster and Roth Estates, Crispin Hard Cider, Tequila Alderete, Voss, Godiva Chocolatier, Mount Gay Rum, ITEX-Inland Empire and Jensen’s Finest Foods.
For a complete listing of each participating chef, restaurant, winery, sponsor visit www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com