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 August 27-28, 2017!

  • Hands on Cookie Decorating Working Saturday at 2:15pm!
  • Taste Buds Hidden Treasures Chef Competition Sunday from 1pm-3pm!
  • Fascinating and informative cooking demonstrations all weekend!

Seats are Limited – Reserve Your Spot Here

Saturday, August 26th

11:30 am
Amazing Flavors with Herbs & Spices
Presented by Courtney Coleman of Cookwell With Courtney
Learn to cook with fantastic new combinations of ground spices & both fresh and dried herbs! Know when to add them to your cooking, how to use aromas to create the most flavorful blends, and the many medicinal qualities of various herbs & spices.




12:45 pm
We Olive Chopped Salad
Presented by Jennifer Holmes Of We Olive Paso Robles
The We Olive Chopped Salad is loaded with Fresh Mozzarella, pepperoni, peppers, olives, red onions and basil. Our original We Olive Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil and We Olive Aged Balsamic Vinegar make the stunningly simple dressing for this amazing salad.

1:30 pm
Wine Sensory The Memory Maker
Presented by Thomas Booth of Wine Boss
It’s no coincidence that memory and our senses are symbiotic. In fact, everyday we encounter numerous flavors and aromas that allow us to escape back to particular moments.  Be ready to keep an open mind and an open palate.



2:15 pm
Cookie Decorating Workshop
Presented by Autumn Qiu of Sweet Autumn Bakery
In this fun, hands-on workshop, you will learn how to transform royal icing and sugar cookies into edible art with surprisingly simple techniques. We provide the cookies and the skills and you provide the fun! Reserve Your Spot Here

3:45 pm
Cocktails and Mocktails
Presented by Lauren Butler of Yes Cocktail Co.
Yes Cocktail Co. makes delicious, all natural craft mixers right here in Paso Robles. Today learn with Lauren how to craft fantastic mixed drinks, as well as non-alcoholic “mocktails.”  She’ll even show you how to use their craft mixers in baking and more! Cheers!

Sunday, August 27th

Local Bites
Presented by Paso Robles Food Co-op
Join us for this demo learning about the local bites you can make at home with Paso Robles Food Co-op local, fresh and healthy products!  Learn about what Food Cooperatives are all about, owned by their consumers, and reinvested into your community!  Come find out about health local foods and a structure that supports local people, local profits, and the planet!

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.



1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Taste Buds “Hidden Treasures” Chef Competition
Presented by Teri Bayus of Taste Buds TV Show

Join us as 5 local San Luis Obispo County chefs go head to head in the Taste Buds “Hidden Treasures” Chef Competition. The contest includes chef’s competing in a “Chopped” style battle using a CSA box from Talley Farms Fresh Harvest.

Nominated chefs are:
Hannah Avila of Surfside Deli- Grover Beach
Resendo Perez of Papi’s Grill- Pismo Beach
Efern Alvares of Efren’s Mexican Restaurants – San Luis Obispo
Toyla Popovich  of Enjoy Euro Market and Deli – Arroyo Grande
John Carswell of SLO Finest Catering – San Luis Obispo
Cory Beckwith of Puffers of Pismo – Pismo Beach

Chefs will receive a Talley Box of produce and fruits and can add any protein they desire. “We’re looking forward to experiencing the unique tastes these chefs will create with the fresh and local fruits and vegetables from our Talley Farms Fresh Harvest boxes,” stated Andrea S Chavez, Manager of Fresh Harvest Talley Farms.

A panel of professional judges will oversee the blind arbitrating while the attendees can taste and vote for the People’s Choice. Chefs will be judged on use of ingredients, presentation, taste and originality. After the show, each chef will be featured in an article with the recipe and pictures in the Reveal the Central Coast Magazine.

Attendees can sample and vote for the Best chef People’s Choice at the Inspired Home Expo.

The winners will be announced Sunday at 3:30pm.

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