The Fancy Food Shows and Cooking Channel present
Chef Demo Theater
Get fresh cooking ideas and learn cooking techniques from culinary masters at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Cooking demonstrations are scheduled all three Show days.
LOCATION: Level 1 – Rear of 4600 aisle
As executive chef and co-owner of Tulsi, Hemant Mathur has brought his reputation as “the Yo-Yo Ma of tandoor cooking” to midtown Manhattan. Mathur’s vision continues to be that of treating diners to top-notch Indian cuisine that sparkles with distinct flavors and a perfect balance of fresh ingredients, spicy flair, tradition and modern innovations. Since opening Tulsi in 2011, Mathur was awarded a Michelin star rating for 2012, and was lauded by Sam Sifton of The New York Times who stated, “Mr. Mathur cooks like a dream,” and for regional Indian creations that are “original, complex and steeped in powerful, mysterious curries that stay in your mind for days” by Steve Cuozzo, New York Post. He built his reputation as one of America’s top tandoor masters over the last 16 years at several high-end Indian restaurants in New York City, including most recently Dévi, where he ran the kitchen for six illustrious years and earned a Michelin star rating, as well as Amma, Tamarind and Diwan Grill.
Culinary showman Chef 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. Formerly a financial planner, Sharone left the corporate world to follow his true love for food by pursuing a career as a chef. His standout performance on Fox's hit show Master Chef ignited a new vision for Sharone’s aspirations in the culinary world. Now, a highly acclaimed chef, owner of a barbecue sauce company, dedicated family man and active lifestyle enthusiast, Sharone puts as much love into his food as he does into his zest for life. His celebrity clientele and international television success has not steered Sharone away from who he really is: A man who creates love and passion through his food. Watching Sharone work his talent in the heat of the kitchen is a lesson on how to celebrate and enjoy life's greatest indulgences. Eat Up!
As a corporate Chef, Joe travels the Midwest region. In his field he administers cooking classes, food trend seminars, menu, and recipe development. Also, as a celebrity Chef on CBS's Big Brother 14 reality TV show, Chef Joe served up some of his loud and colorful style of cooking for the house guests. Chef Joe from the hit CBS SHOW Big Brother is taking his cooking and personality to the road. “My style is anything goes,” says Joe Arvin. On the CBS Network performing on the hit show BIG BROTHER, he was the Chef of the House and has just released his first cookbook MADLOVE COOKING!
Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2012 and “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, passionate advocate for food and hunger issues, author, educator, television personality and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. TFG is the team responsible for renowned dining concepts in Washington, DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and Puerto Rico. He is Dean of the Spanish Studies program at the International Culinary Center, the first program of its kind to be offered in the United States. He is chairman emeritus of DC Central Kitchen, Chairman of LA Central Kitchen and the founder of World Central Kitchen. He is also culinary ambassador to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an effort championed by Secretary Hilary Clinton. Andrés also teaches “Science and Cooking” at Harvard as well as “The world on a Plate: How Food Shapes Civilization” at George Washington University.
Kelsey Nixon got her start in the food media industry when she created her own college cooking show, Kelsey's Kitchen, emphasizing fast, fun and affordable meals. Over the course of two years, she had produced and hosted 100 episodes featuring recipes that were simple yet satisfying.
Kelsey made her Cooking Channel debut with Kelsey’s Essentials in November 2010 where she inspires a new generation of food lovers with her own fresh take on essential cooking basics. She gives savvy tips on must-have pantry items, the latest gadgets and essential kitchen techniques like roasting, baking, and knife skills. Whether she is sharing unique entertaining tips and food gift ideas or classic yet sophisticated recipes for sauces, stews, and eggs, Kelsey is a master at using the basics to create dishes that are anything but ordinary. She targets the DIY home cook – breaking down the steps, teaching proper technique and making everyone feel comfortable in the kitchen. Her fourth season of Kelsey’s Essentials premiered in October 2012 where she takes viewers beyond the kitchen for exciting new takes on the culinary basics.
The New York Times has called Chef Natasha Pogrebinskaya’s work “bold,” “delicious,” and “fiery,” and her work has been favorably mentioned in a wide variety of national and local press such as The Village Voice, Time Out New York, USA Today, Brooklyn Exposed, and Brooklyn Bread.
Chef Pogrebinskaya received her culinary education at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan and began her restaurant experience as a line cook in famed New York City restaurants such as Bar Blanc and Park Avenue Seasons. Pogrebinskaya is also a Professor at CUNY’s Brooklyn College, teaching courses on restaurant management. She has appeared as a guest chef on NBC's The Chopping Block, and has worked on various television productions for the Food Network.
Roger Mooking has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s premier Chefs by developing a culinary philosophy built on perfect execution of globally inspired culinary traditions. As a third generation restaurateur and chef, he began his formal training through the George Brown Culinary Management Program where he earned Top Student Honors. Roger continued his training at Epic Dining Room in Toronto’s world renowned Royal York Hotel before co-owning and consulting on many food and beverage operations. Since that time he has been the subject of numerous television and print features internationally and nationally, including Food Network, HGTV, The New York Times, Wallpaper magazine and Toronto Life.
Currently Roger is the host and co-creator of his own internationally broadcast television series Everyday Exotic as well as Man Fire Food on Cooking Channel. He is also the co-host of hit show Heat Seekers on Food Network. Roger has appeared on Cooking Channel’s Chefography, as well as Red, White and Grill featuring Williams-Sonoma.
Food Network Kitchens featuring Rob Bleifer and Miriam Garron
As Executive Chef at Food Network, Rob Bleifer is responsible for everything from managing the Food Network kitchen and hands-on food styling and cooking for special events, to coordinating with network production teams, chef/hosts, guest chefs, photographers and network departments. He also oversees in-house food production, location production, photo shoots, vignettes, and catering network events. Rob was also a part of the blending team for entwine, Food Network’s wine which launched in August 2011.
Miriam Garron, Sous Chef, Food Network Kitchens, graduated from Peter Kump’s New York Culinary School and has been working with Food Network in various roles since 1995. From recipe testing to playing a critical writing and editorial role in the collaborative Food Network Kitchens cookbook series, Miriam’s various talents are invaluable to the Food Network kitchens team. Miriam also appeared with Bobby Flay on the popular Food Network show Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
Chef Youngsun Lee has worked at notable NYC eateries as ANNISA, EN Japanese Brasserie, Craftbar, Momofuku Noodle Bar, and was the executive chef for Kimchi Taco Truck. In 2009, he opened Persimmon, a restaurant in the East Village serving authentic Korean food using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Youngsun learned very traditional ways of cooking from his beloved grandmother, such as royal cuisine, to true home cooking with "lots of love." He also refined his cooking techniques with help from his aunt, who studied royal Korean cuisine. Chef Lee is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), and is also a member of the teaching staff. He is presently the chef of The Queens Kickshaw, a restaurant and craft beer bar in Astoria, NY.
One of the most trusted names in the food industry, Sara Moulton’s credibility rests on her expertise and experience. She graduated with high honors from the Culinary Institute of America in 1977 (and was named the CIA’s Chef of the Year in 2001), spent seven years working in restaurants in New York and Boston, and taught at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now known as The Institute of Culinary Education).
The Food Editor of ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” since 1997, Sara was a founding personality at the Food Network as host of “Cooking Live,” “Cooking Live Primetime,” and “Sara’s Secrets” between 1996 and 2005. From 1987 until the magazine folded in October of 2009, Sara served as Gourmet Magazine’s executive chef.
Created in 2008, “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” will begin its third season on public television in January 2013. She is also the author of Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals, Sara Moulton Cooks at Home and Sara’s Everyday Family Dinners (which won a 2011 IACP Cookbook Award in the category of Children, Youth and Family). In December of 2011, she launched “Sara’s Kitchen,” an iPhone app featuring 60 recipes, 60 photos, and ten videos. For more information, please visit www.saramoulton.com.
Erica Shea, 28, and Stephen Valand, 26, are the owners and founders of Brooklyn Brew Shop. Built on the principles that making beer – real beer, from real ingredients – could be simple, tasty and more importantly, fun, Brooklyn Brew Shop sells stylish brewing kits designed especially for New York City's spatially-challenged apartments and ingredient mixes for seasonally-inspired beers.
Brooklyn Brew Shop has been featured on the pages of New York Times, Food & Wine, Real Simple and Erica and Stephen have appeared on the Cooking Channel, Fox Business Network and ABC News. As beer authorities, the couple has taught classes for Whole Foods Market, Williams-Sonoma, and the American Museum of Natural History and served as lecturers and judges for home beer making contests. Their kits are available at brooklynbrewshop.com, as well as nationally at select Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma, West Elm, Urban Outfitters and independent specialty stores.