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Chef Carla Hall Interview at 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Video

During the opening weekend of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Chef Carla Hall (from ABC’s The Chew and Bravo’s Top Chef) joined the festival for some cooking demos and cooking an appetizer and a few desserts for the Sweet Sundays event. Her energetic personality and dancing was a special treat during a media brunch, where she shared her latest news and answered a few questions from the crowd.   (click image to enlarge) Carla told us about being a big Mickey fan and having an interview with Chef Mickey. She also announced that she will be doing something in January with Newsies, a Disney musical on Broadway. A question from the audience asking about some of Carla’s favorite dishes from Epcot Food & Wine festival reveals that she really enjoyed the Pork Belly Dish (Brazil marketplace) and also Kimchi Dog (South Korea marketplace). Another favorite was the Escargot en Brioche (France marketplace) and she calls it “a popper” — you pop the entire thing into your mouth to get all of the flavors …

Retro Rad Chef, Emily Ellyn Baking with Beer Demo & Interview at Shipyard Brew Pub

One of the hottest trends in 2013 is cooking with beer and we got a chance to watch Emily Ellyn, the Retro Rad Chef, give a Baking with Beer cooking demonstration. This was Emily’s second cooking with beer class at Shipyard Brew Pub in Winter Park, FL. In the video, we do a quick interview and Emily talks about her recipes for a Chocolate Hazelnut Porter Cake (recipe below), a Shipyard Applehead Beer Caramel, and a Blueberry Bread (Captain Eli’s Soda Bread). Video:   (click image to enlarge) Emily Ellyn is the Retro Rad Chef who was a Food Network Star Season 8 Finalist and most recently assisted Sweet by Holly to win Cupcake Wars on Food Network.   (click image to enlarge) Emily’s next cooking with beer class is barbecuing with beer for a Father’s Day Brew-B-Q Class on June 16th at Shipyard Brew Pubin Winter Park. More info and signup at: www.emilyellyn.com/event/brew-b-q-with-retro-rad-emily-ellyn/   Retro Rad Chef Emily was kind enough to share her Chocolate Hazelnut Porter Cake recipe and more of her recipes …

Chef Fabio Viviani Interview at SOBEWFF – Video

During the South Beach Wine and Food Festival weekend, I had a chance to catch up with Chef Fabio Viviani and film another video interview with him. Fabio was in town giving a cooking demonstration for Bertolli Olive Oil for a group of media at Casa Tua, located in Miami Beach. Chef Fabio showed us how he makes his gnocchi recipe, shared tips on how to use different types of olive oil, and some of us actually got to participate in rolling out the gnocchi dough (recipe and video in a future post). Check out the video as Fabio and I discuss his Bertolli Olive Oil cooking demo, his new restaurant Siena Tavern in Chicago, a NEW upcoming cookbook Fabio’s Italian Kitchen, his web cooking show Ciao Chow!, and his use of social media.   Behind the scenes:   (click image to enlarge) Fabio coaching me in rolling gnocchi dough – photo courtesy of @JeffHouck   (click image to enlarge) Fabio’s plated gnocchi dish at Casa Tua in Miami, FL.   (click image to enlarge) My …

Interview with Ted Allen, Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines, & Lunch at Whole Foods Market

I recently got to sit down with Ted Allen for an interview about pairing wine with food and his involvements as a brand ambassador for Robert Mondavi Private Selection. Ted is a television personality, accomplished writer, and the host of the Food Network’s show, Chopped. Check out the video as Ted Allen shares some knowledge on pairing wines and food, chatting about mystery ingredient baskets from Chopped, and find out Ted’s favorite food city he loves to visit and eat at… *plus a funny bonus out take at the end.  Ted Allen Private Lunch at Whole Foods Market   (click image to enlarge) A group of about 25 people gathered for the private lunch with Ted Allen at Whole Foods in Orlando. The lunch included a wine reception, followed by a 3-course lunch paired with both red and white wines from the Robert Mondavi Private Selection portfolio. The recipes for the meal were actually from Ted Allen’s cookbook, which were well executed by the Whole Foods kitchen. The only recipe not from the cookbook was …

Interview with Bravo’s Top Chef Fabio Viviani

Recently I had an opportunity to meet with Bravo’s Top Chef Fabio Viviani from Season 5. Chef Fabio was voted Fan Favorite during his season on the reality t.v. cooking show and was a top 4 finalist. The Chef has 2 restaurants in Southern California and a few cook books under his belt. To meet with Chef Fabio for a few photos and a quick Q&A, I attended the Southern Women’s Show at the Orange County Convention Center. I met up with fellow food blogger Katie from KatiesCucina.com at the Celebrity Cooking Stage. We were invited backstage to meet Chef Fabio Viviani. Katie and I both snapped some photos, did a quick interview, and filmed each others videos. Check out the following video, filmed by @KatiesCucina (thank you!) where I interview Chef Fabio and ask him where are some of his favorite places to eat. A few interview notes to follow… Video notes: – One of his favorite restaurants that Fabio mentioned in Los Angeles was Firenze Osteria, his own restaurant (nice plug Chef!) – …

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