Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Celebrity Chefs and New Experiences come to 2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

A day that contains news about Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a great day so great ready for a great day!  News about the new lineup of celebrity chefs and a series of first-time Disney resort cooking and dining experiences will add culinary appeal to the 21st Festival when it returns to Walt Disney World® Resort September 14 - November 14, 2016.

First up: the Chefs! Culinary notables Geoffrey Zakarian, Maneet Chauhan, Duff Goldman, Elliott Farmer, Masaharu Morimoto and Graham Elliot will have their first festival appearances doing events such as seminars and culinary demonstrations.  Other chef icons like Robert Irvine, Cat Cora, Norman Van Aken, Elizabeth Falkner, Buddy Valastro and Jamie Deen will return to entertain foodies and inspire their palates at premium events that include Party for the Senses grand tastings featuring reimagined entertainment. 
Here is the full list of celebrity chefs:
  • Adam Mali - Executive Chef at Bon Appetit 
  • Alex Guarnaschelli -  Celebrity chef (is on a lot of Food Network shows) and is the executive chef at New York City's Butter restaurant
  • Alex Seidel - Chef at Fruition
  • Allen Susser
  • Andrea Robinson MS - American sommelier, chef, television personality, and author.
  • Andrew Yeo - Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
  • Andrew Zimmern - Celebrity Chef, food writer and teacher
  • Bill Brown - Executive Chef at Bel-Air Country Club
  • Bob Waggoner - Celebrity Chef
  • Brian & Shanna O’Hea - Chef/Owners of Academe Restaurant at the Kennebunk Inn 
  • Bryan Voltaggio - Celebrity Chef, Top Chef Season 6 Finalist 
  • Buddy Valastro - Celebrity Chef, Cake Boss
  • Cat Cora - Celebrity Chef, Iron Chef
  • Cathal Armstrong - Food & Wine Star Chef
  • Chris Prosperi - Chef and co-owner of Metro Bis
  • Christopher Lee
  • Dana Herbert - Celebrity Pastry Chef
  • Daniel Joly
  • David Guas - Celebrity Chef
  • Dominique Macquet
  • Duff Goldman – NEW! - Celebrity Chef, Charm City Cakes
  • Duskie Estes & John Stewart - Celebrity Chefs
  • Elliott Farmer – NEW! - Celebrity Chef
  • Elizabeth Falkner
  • Emily Ellyn - Season 8 Food Network Star Finalist
  • Erin Hedley
  • Erin McKenna - Baker, BabyCakes
  • Fabrizio Schendari
  • Faithy Harris-Dowdell - Celebrity Chef, Chef behind Yak & Yeti
  • Fritz Sonnenschmidt - A Certified Master Chef
  • G. Garvin - Celebrity Chef, Cooking Channel
  • Gale Gand - Pastry Chef
  • Geoffrey Zakarian – NEW! - Celebrity Chef, Iron Chef
  • Geraldine Randlesome - Pastry Chef
  • Graham Elliot – NEW! - Celebrity Chef, Master Chef
  • Heather McPherson - Covers food and restaurants for the Orlando Sentinel
  • The Hearty Boys -  Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, Hosts of Party Line on Food Network
  • James Boyce
  • James O’Donnell - Exceutive Chef at STK Orlando in Disney Springs
  • James Petrakis
  • Jamie Deen - Celebrity Chef
  • Jeff Yarmuth
  • Jehangir Mehta - Iron Chef America Contestant
  • Jennifer Bushman
  • Jennifer Hill Booker
  • Jerome Brown - Celebrity Chef
  • Joe Murphy - Pastry Chef
  • Joe Rodriguez
  • John Colletta
  • Jonathan Benno
  • Jonathon Sawyer - Chef of the Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, OH
  • Kathleen Blake - Chef at the Rusty Spoon in Orlando, FL
  • Keegan Gerhard & Lisa Bailey - Chefs at D Bar Denver in Denver, CO
  • Ken Vedrinski - Chef at Trattoria Lucca, Charleston, SC
  • Kevin Dundon - Irish Celebrity Chef
  • Kevin Fonzo - Chef, K Restaurant, New York City
  • Kevin Johnson - Chef, The Grocery, Charleston, SC
  • Kevin Sbraga - Chef-Owner, Sbraga in Jacksonville, FL
  • Maneet Chauhan – NEW! - Chef, TV Personality
  • Mark Boor - Chef, Trio Bistro, Cincinnati, OH
  • Masaharu Morimoto – NEW! - Iron Chef Morimoto, Chef Morimoto at Morimoto Asia Restaurant in Disney Springs
  • Matthew Gennuso - Chef Matt Gennuso of Chez Pascal and Wurst Kitchen – Providence, RI
  • Matt Lewis
  • Matt McMillin - Executive Research and Development Chef at Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants
  • Max McCalman - Cheese Expert
  • Mike Rodriguez
  • Moises Flores
  • Nirmala Narine
  • Norman Van Aken - Owner of the award-winning Miami restaurant Norman's. Won the James Beard Award, the Robert Mondavi Award, and the Food Arts Silver Spoon for lifetime achievement
  • Odell Torres - Executive Chef at Larios in Miami Beach
  • Pam Smith RD - Culinary Nutritionist 
  • Pam Brandon - Writer of over a dozen Disney Publishing books including Kitchen Magic with Mickey and A Taste of Epcot, Festival Food From Around the Glob
  • Paul Wahlburg – NEW! - Celebrity Chef of Wahlburgers
  • Paula DaSilva - Celebrity Chef, Hells Kitchen
  • Pascal Oudin - Chef-Owner of Pascal's on Ponce in Coral Gables, FL
  • Peng Looi - Partner/Executive Chef. Asiatique, Augsut Moon Chinese Bistro
  • Richard Capizzi - Pastry Chef
  • Rock Harper - Chef, TV Personality of Hell's Kitchen
  • Sara Fioroni - Executive Chef, Sommelier, and General Manager of Fattoria Poggio Alloro near San Gimignano, Tuscany (Italy
  • Scott Norman
  • Scott Paul - Artisinal Wine Producer
  • Terry Letson - Chef-Owner of Fume Bistro in Napa
  • Tonda Corrente
  • Tony Mantuano - Chef at Spiaggia Restaurant and Bar Toma in Chicago
  • Warren Brown
  • Yuhi Fujinago - Executive Chef at Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs
For those of you who enjoy watching ABC’s Emmy-Award-winning lifestyle series, “The Chew” will be pleased to know the hosts will produce a full week of programs on the show’s exclusive Epcot festival stage for the second year in a row!
And, for the first time, you can enjoy the following festival experiences at Walt Disney World Resort hotels:
  • “Brunch with a Twist at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa” — a sumptuous 5-star, 5-course meal prepared by the resort’s award-winning chefs
  • “The Secrets of Flavor at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort” — a three-course lunch that gives you a ‘sensory-food connection’ at Yachtsman Steakhouse
  • “Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef” at Disney’s Contemporary Resort — a hands-on chef’s table experience in a professional working kitchen
  • “Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto” at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort — an entertaining tour of the whimsical Trader Sam’s, followed by lunch and a special mixology session

More details regarding these exciting experiences and other Epcot International Food & Wine Festival details will be shared when I get them.  Stay tuned for a full list of culinary demonstrations, cheese seminars, beverage seminars, and more! 

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