Chef Comp & Cooking Demos

paso cooking demosMake your Fall plans now to attend all the fun things happening at the Inspired Home, Garden & Gourmet Expo of Paso Robles!

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

Saturday, October 6th

12:00 pm
Home Cooked Meals With Dream Dinners
Presented by Lauren Persall of Dream Dinners
Join us for a cooking demonstration showcasing the easy and tasty meals brought to you by Dream Dinners of San Luis Obispo.


12:45 pm
To Eat Grain, or Not To Eat Grain?
Presented by Courtney Coleman of Cook Well
Courtney will prepare Apple Pie Rice with a raspberry drizzle, and she’ll discuss why so many people are intolerant of modern grains and grain products. She’ll also talk about the why of sprouting and simmering the gluten-free, nutrient-dense, low-glycemic, ancient whole grains such as millet, amaranth, buckwheat, teff, quinoa, and brown rice. Lowering dietary
sugars and the ketogenic diet are likely to be covered as well.



1:45 pm
Fun Ways to Use Olive Oil in Everyday Cooking
Presented by Karen & Jennifer Tallent of The Groves on 41
Yes, you can make lots of salads with olive oils, but there is so much more! It’s time to play with our food, with a few guidelines: Our creations must be 1) Healthy 2) Kid-Friendly and 3) Fast and Easy!  We will go over tasty ways to prepare a snack, an appetizer and even a dessert using olive oil.  Come to this demo hungry because it will be interactive and you will have choices to make!

2:30 pm
How to Use Local Fruits and Veggie in your Everyday Cooking
Presented by Kathleen Snyder of Talley Farms Fresh Harvest
Join us as we use fresh and local fruits and vegetables to keep our everyday cooking healthy and exciting! Kathleen will be making “Peperonata on a Crostini,” a nice fall dish showcasing Talley Farms best of the best — their sweet peppers!


3:15 pm
Healing Foods for Health
Presented by The Wellness Kitchen & Resource Center
Join The Wellness Kitchen as we show you how to cook some of our favorite healing foods.  The Wellness Kitchen’s  mission is to provide healing foods to those is critical need along with education resources and nourishing meals for individuals wanting to regain or sustain optimal health.

Sunday, October 7th

11:30 am
Taste Buds “Bake Off” Chef Competition
Presented by Teri Bayus of Taste Buds TV Show

SLO County Bake Off Competition pits six of the area’s best bakers in a head-to-head live competition during the Inspired Home, Garden & Gourmet Expo of Paso Robles on Sunday, October 7th, 2018. Each Baker will create three items using Talley Fresh Farms Box fruit for the audience to taste and the professional judges to score to find out who is the Best Baker.

The contest will run like the show “The Great British Bake Off” with the Bakers competing in three categories…

Category #1: Signature Bake – Bakers can make anything using ingredients from the Talley Box of fruit and anything you would like to add to the recipe.
Category #2: Technique – All contestants will be given the same recipe and be judged on presentation and taste.
Category #3: Holiday Show Stopper – A holiday inspired baked good that will leave them breathless.

During the Expo, Bakers will give out bite-sized samples of their Signature Bake to be judged on taste, originality, use of products and presentation from the attendees. The celebrity judges will participate in the blind tasting and grade on all three dishes. Bakers will plate items on the live stage being filmed for a Taste Buds episode. Attendees can sample and vote for the Best Chef People’s Choice at the Inspired Home Expo.

The winner receives a stunning trophy and will be announced as the Taste Buds Best Baker on a Taste Buds episode and in a full-color layout in Reveal Magazine.

Nominated chefs are:
Willette Vey of Apple Farm
Lalo of Pardon My French 
Sondra of Twisted and Glazed

The live demos will start at 11:30am and the winners will be announced Sunday at 3:30pm.

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