Chef Ariane Duarte of “Top Chef” fame talks with attendees at a previous Chefs’ Holidays cooking demo. (Photo courtesy of the Ahwahnee)
If Santa didn’t leave you exactly what you desired this holiday season, here’s a chance to treat yourself to a real four-star gift.
Imagine spending a few days and nights in majestic, snow-capped Yosemite during the winter, all the while mingling with celeb chefs, and enjoying their cooking demos and gourmet gala dinners.
You can do exactly that at the annual Yosemite Chefs’ Holidays extravaganza that runs from Jan. 11 through Feb. 6.
There are eight sessions to choose from, each featuring three top toques from around the country strutting their stuff in cooking demos before preparing a multi-course dinner in the spectacular Ahwahnee dining room.
The Ahwahnee all decked out for Chefs Holidays. (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Ahem, you might be partial to attending either the Feb. 1-4 Session 7 or the Feb. 4-6 Session 7 because I’ll be acting as the moderator at each. Hey, just sayin’.
Chef Matt Accarrino of SPQR makes gnocchi in the Google kitchen. (Photo courtesy of Google)
How did New Orleans’ Emeril Lagasse influence Chef Matt Accarrino’s career? And just what does this “Food & Wine Best New Chef 2014” winner think of restaurants that don’t make any of their own pasta?
Take a listen as Accarino of the celebrated SPQR in San Francisco answers these questions and more when he joined me in the teaching kitchen at Google headquarters in Mountain View a few weeks ago for a very special event.
Accarrino and yours truly laughing it up in the kitchen. (Photo by Craig Lee)
The occasion was a cooking demo in conjunction with my cookbook, “San Francisco Chef’s Table” (Lyons Press), to which Accarrino contributed a recipe.
I’m still in a daze about it — but thrilled to announce — the publication of my first cookbook, “San Francisco Chef’s Table” (Lyons Press), which will be released in early December.
The book spotlights 54 of the Bay Area’s top restaurants and their signature recipes, along with gorgeous photos by Craig Lee, the former photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle’s Food section.
Craig and I will be signing copies of the book at upcoming events with some of the chefs featured in the cookbook. We hope you’ll be able to join us to share in the excitement. Mark you calendar now: