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Join the Food Gal in Yosemite for “Chefs’ Holidays”

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’.

Session 7 features Ron Siegel of the flagship Michael Mina restaurant in San Francisco, Hoss Zare of the Fly Trap in San Francisco, and Kyle Itani of Hopscotch in Oakland. What’s more, all three of them are featured prominently in my cookbook, San Francisco Chef’s Table (Lyons Press). I’ll be toting loads of copies of my cookbook with me to Yosemite, which will be available to be personally signed not only by yours truly, but by chefs Sigel, Zare and Itani.

Chef Ron Siegel (Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton)


Chef Hoss Zare. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)

Chef Kyle Itani. (Photo from SFGate.com)

Session 8 is “TV’s Rockin’ Women Chefs” with an all-star roster of Duskie Estes of Zazu in Santa Rosa; Elizabeth Faulkner, formerly of San Francisco’s Citizen Cake; and Ariane Duarte of CulinAriane in New Jersey.

For more information on lodging packages and pricing, click here.