Chef Comp & Cooking Demos

paso cooking demosAttend all the fun things happening at the Inspired Home, Garden & Gourmet Expo of Paso Robles!

  • EnjoySLO Best Chef Showdown Sunday from 11:30am-3:30pm!
  • Fascinating and informative cooking demonstrations all weekend!

Saturday, February 22nd

12:00 pm
Cook Your Way Into a Better Mood!
Presented by Courtney Coleman, Nutritional Therapist at
Courtney is delighted to give an informative talk and cooking demonstration about The Mediterranean Diet being a preventative (and even curative!) diet for depression & anxiety. Courtney will discuss brain-nourishing foods, gradually eating less sugar, and many other tips for diet & cooking toward attaining & maintaining better mental health. During this talk, Courtney will show you how to make totally delicious, naturally-sweetened desserts!

1:30 pm
Cooking Demonstration
Presented by Creston Village


2:15 pm
Cooking Demonstration
Presented by Leah Aguayo of Mrs. A’s Famous Salsa Buena, Inc.


3:00 pm
A Fresh Twist on Your Favorite Comfort Foods!
Presented by Karen & Jennifer, the Mother & Daughter Farming & Cooking Duo of The Groves on 41
We’ll be taking meatloaf & mashed potatoes to a whole new level with Templeton Hills grass-fed beef, Talley Farms Fresh Harvest veggies and the best olive oils, of course!

Sunday, February 23rd

11:30 am
EnjoySLO Best Chef Showdown
Presented by Michelle Barrera of

The SLO County Best Chef Showdown will gather together four of SLO County’s best chefs in a head to head competition during the Inspired Home, Garden and Gourmet Expo in Paso Robles on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020. Each chef will be provided locally sourced mystery ingredients from a Talley Farms Fresh Harvest Box and a shipment from Larder Meat Co.

The competition will be judged by three industry professionals in a blind setting. Each dish will be judged on taste, originality, and presentation. The two highest-scoring chefs will go into a head to head round in front of an audience on our Presentation Kitchen Stage at 2 PM.

Come and sample food from award-winning chefs! During the Expo, each chef will be passing out some bites to attendees who will have a chance to vote for Best Chef People’s Choice Award.

The winner receives the title of Chef Showdown Champion and will claim a $1000 cash prize! The People’s Choice winner will receive a gorgeous hand-forged gyutu knife made by Bruno Medieros of Medieros Knives. Bites start at 11:30 am and the competition begins at 12p. The last two standing chefs will compete with a mystery box starting at 2p. Winners will be announced Sunday at 3:30 pm.

Competing Chefs:
Julien Asseo of Les Petite Canailles
Libry Darusman of Thomas Hill Organics
Will Torres of Farmhouse Corner Market
James King of Somerset Grill

See schedule below:
12 – 1245 pm : Round 1
1 – 1:45 pm : Round 2
2 – 2:45 pm: Final Showdown
3:30 pm – Winner Announced

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