PERSONALITIES

Chef BJ Smith

B.J. Smith, Top Chef  Season 14 contestant, is the Owner and Executive Chef of Delores in nearby Portland, Oregon. Smith brings more than two decades of culinary experience to his role, applying both classic and modern cooking techniques to high quality ingredients. Smith conceived a Smokehouse concept in 2010 as a way to apply all he had learned in his fine dining cooking career, but deliver an approachable menu where guests can get their hands dirty and reminisce over food as though at a good friend’s BBQ.

Chef Manouschka Guerrier

A former model turned Hollywood celebrity chef, Manouschka learned all she knows at the knee of her mother, Jacqueline and her professionally trained Haitian grandmother, Olga. Often described as the "Carrie Bradshaw" of cooking, Manouschka brings fashion and personality to food and is equally at home in her Louboutins as she is in her apron and cooking mitts. Featured on Food Network's Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, and on OWN Network's My OWN Time, Manouschka has also been seen on E's Giuliana and Bill show. Her focus on teaching singles how to serve up chic, easy and affordable meals makes her one of the most sought-after chefs in L.A.

Chef Brian Duffy

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Chef Brian Duffy had his first experiences in the kitchen as a young child with his big Irish-Italian Family. Those experiences introduced him to culinary life and led him to study at Philadelphia’s The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Culinary school may have taught him technique, but it was those Sunday nights cooking with his family where he developed his passion.

After graduation, Chef Duffy worked under James Beard Award  winning Chef Jean Marie LaCroix at The Four Seasons in Philadelphia. Following his successful tenure with Dave Magrogan Group, Duffy joined forces with Seafood American as a consultant and Executive Chef, where he developed fresh and frozen products for grocery chains across the world.

Duffy is perhaps most recognized from his abundant television appearances on the wildly popular Spike TV series Bar Rescue, where he tours the country (sometimes on his Harley Davidson) reforming failing bars and restaurants with his “tell it like it is” style. He made his on-camera debut on the Food Network series Date Plate and has appeared on countless segments on the DIY Network, HGTV, NBC, and Fine Living Network. Chef Duffy is also a regular to judge the Food Network  series Beat Bobby Flay and has appeared on The Today Show since 2006 for the St. Patrick’s Day Irish cook-off. 

Chef Chad Rosenthal

This Philly native eats, breathes, sleeps and creates all things food and especially barbecue. A self-taught chef who has been in the kitchen since age five, Chad found his calling in the world of barbecue, having won a series of competitions and events over the last 20 years. He is also a successful restaurateur, having opened a handful of BBQ, Comfort Food and Vietnamese restaurants in the Philadelphia area, including fan favorite The Lucky Well. The Lucky Well is currently expanding throughout the Philadelphia area and Chicago.

Most recently Chad was cast on Season 9 of Food Network Star and returned as a fan Favorite in Season 10. He was a finalist on Chopped Grill Masters Napa and is currently in development on several new TV concepts. Chad is constantly on the hunt for new flavors and inspirations and loves to combine Asian cuisine with American BBQ. He is at his core an experimental chef who cooks by his experiences, his soul and his taste buds...

Chef Deepak Kaul

Deepak Kaul and his parents immigrated to the United States in 1980 from Kashmir, India. He grew up in New Jersey and attended Boston University as a Biology major. Following graduation, he found his true calling in the culinary field, leaving behind his pre-med degree. Bucking cultural expectations, he started his culinary career in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From there, he worked in San Francisco, New York City and London at restaurants Jardiniere and Union Pacific. After more than 20 years of dedication and mastering the complexities of the hospitality industry, he has decided to pursue his dream and follow his cultural roots. This dream is to reimagine and share the cuisine of his heritage in his next culinary adventure, Bhuna Restaurant.

Chef Frank Bilotti

Chef Frank Bilotti of Staten Island, New York began his love for culinary arts as a youngster helping his parents in the kitchen. His foundation was heavily influenced by Italian cuisine, which later sparked passion and the urge to see what the food industry was truly about. Starting off at the age of 14 in a ravioli shop and moving to a prep and line cook at a local hotspot, he solidified his desire to study professionally at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island. 

Soon after graduating, Frank jumped back into the fire with a whole new outlook and a burning desire to create world cuisine. Wanting to learn as much as he could from both the restaurant industry as well as off premise catering, he maneuvered his way through the ranks landing his first Executive Chef position at the age of 23. He has since held that title at some of the most popular restaurants on Staten Island while concurrently showcasing at special events, fundraisers and festivals. 

Throughout the years, Chef has received multiple back to back recognition on his menus via "Michelin Guide Recommended." Additionally, he has competed on Gordon Ramsay's HELLS KITCHEN Season 13 as well as Food Network's Chopped. Chef is currently working on other shows/media while being one of the most sought after Private Chef and Caterer. He has been fortunate enough to work hand in hand and hired by some of the most talented chefs and celebrities. With clients as far east as The Hamptons across to San Diego, you're bound to bump into him at some point.

Chef Keith Breedlove

PBS Channel 9 in San Francisco was his TV station of choice after school, while others his age watched cartoons, Keith was entranced with Julia Child, Martin Yan and the Ragin Cajun. Summer trips across the US led to a discovery of regional cuisines and the start of an impressive cookbook collection. It was at the age of 15 when his Grandfather Aka Papa Dale gave Keith the piece of advice and direction that forged a career' 'Work in a restaurant, you'll never be unemployed, and you'll never be hungry'. Ever the literal soul, off he went to start work at Baxter's in Dublin as a busboy. Originally applying for a cook job, but told he was too young. That changed rapidly when the cooks realized this kid with a penchant for obscure trivia and comic book facts was able to get tasks done quickly and efficiently with only one demonstration. Keith's world flipped when one Sunday during a very busy brunch, a line cook failed to show up for his shift. Without asking or hesitation, Keith jumped on the line. 30 years later, he's still in that beautiful chaos he loves.

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Chef Kevin Des Chenes

Executive Chef, "Private Chef to The Stars" & Author of Beyond My Chef Coat  Kevin Des Chenes has over 20 years of experience in the Hospitality industry. 

He was named "Top Chef" by Las Vegas Food & Wine  and is the winner of Top Celebrity Chef Showdown. He has been a Chef Expert for Gordon Ramsey and appeared as a Featured Chef on Food Network's Chef Wanted, Great Food Truck Race & Beat Bobby Flay, as well as The Today Show, Nationally Syndicated Better Show, CT Style, Pickler & Ben, Fox Morning Show & The Rhode Show among others. He is also an advocate for such charities as The Light Foundation & Women and Infants Hospital. Chef Kevin's creativity in the kitchen & on the screen has not gone unnoticed. Having served as Executive Chef at such New England landmarks as 156 Bistro, Centro Martini & Washington Square Tavern, He has since Launched a successful Private Chef Company and become one of the most sought after Chef's in the industry, working with some great people including; Giuliana Rancic, Kathie Lee & Hoda, Isiah Thomas, John Legend, Jay Leno, Various New England Patriots & Red Sox players and coaches, among others. You never know what he'll do next so keep your eyes peeled for this seasoned Chef, and if you find him in a city near you take your taste buds on an Epic Journey with Chef Kev D!

Chef Bobby Rasaphangthong

With over 20 plus years of experience in assisting family restaurants, Chef Bobby Rasaphangthong’s experience in flavoring, hospitality, and management has gained him the necessary tools to run a successful restaurant going on his third year in business at NOM NOM in Vancouver, WA. From flavoring and balance with herbs and spices, to managing employees through various situations to developing a passion to building a dream to become a restauranteur. 

Growing up with both parents as chefs, Rasaphangthong always stuck around the kitchen and watched and observed and kept mental notes of spices and seasonings. After his folks noticed his interest in cooking, Rasaphangthong became assistant in their kitchen and eventually began cooking family meals and recipes. As years went by, he would tweak the recipes to put his own twist to spice it up and make it his own.

Rasaphangthong helped build 3 successful restaurants within his family. A real estate broker for many years, he also managed a banking institution for almost a decade while finishing his degree. He obtained extensive training throughout his job experience to build a solid foundation for operating a business. 

Chef Mike Elder

Mike Elder is a former hot rod shop owner, pilot and racecar driver hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, He got his start in the industry when he'd leave his hot rod show early on Fridays to help his mother with her bakery business. And in due time, clients began to order more and more cakes in Mike's style. What started out as a Friday evening gig for Mike, later turned into a full-time career.

Soon after, the producers of TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off, noticed Mike’s unique style where he was later casted. To this day, Mike is still the only competitor to win three shows - having never been defeated. Since then Mike has done several other TV shows, and is frequently featured in magazines, and newspapers as well as online.

Mike founded Black Sheep Custom Cakes as a way of promoting exploration and advancement in the sugar arts, and to create unusual and extreme cakes for clients. Mike is known for his outlandish sculptures and for his clean and realistic designs with his own twist. Whenever and wherever you see his work, Satin Ice is the fondant you see.

Chef Monti Carlo

Monti Carlo burst onto the food scene in 2012, when she placed Top 5 on Gordon Ramsay’s MasterChef. The Puerto Rican Chef is now a Food Network and Cooking Channel personality and the Co-Founder of the Everything Food app. Monti is the author of Everyday Caribbean and is also the host FYI’s Make My Food Famous, Food Network’s Help My Yelp, and Gordon Ramsay's digital series Ramsay Redemption.   

Chef Mutsuko Soma

Mutsuko Soma plays around with her Kamonegi Burger during Li’l Woody’s Burger Month earlier this year.

Mutsuko Soma Is One of Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2019 The knife-wielding, sharp-skilled soba master and chef just keeps getting national acclaim. And we are here for it.

Kamonegi, helmed by Mutsuko Soma and guided by her vision of Edo-style cuisine with a slight whimsical bent, was Seattle Met’s 2018 restaurant of the year. Earlier this year Soma landed on the list of James Beard Award  semifinalists for the second year in a row. And now, the masterful chef has received even more national acclaim. Food and Wine Magazine announced its annual declaration of Best New Chefs 2019 and of the 10 rising stars Seattle’s Mutsuko Soma was named among the talented constellation of chefs.

“My grandma taught me about countryside cooking. She would forage for mushrooms and other vegetables for tempura, and she grew her own buckwheat grain. She made everything that way. She passed away the same day my daughter was born, so I’m thinking I have to teach soba noodle making to my daughter too.” —Mutsuko Soma in F&W.

Chef Nick Liberato

Nick Liberato has been working as a Chef/Restaurateur for the past 28 years. He got his start working behind his family’s produce stands as a kid at the Italian Market in Philadelphia. Nick has always been inspired and intrigued by the restaurant business. At the ripe age of 19, he discovered the key ingredients to his life were cooking and surfing. By combining his love for both, Nick traveled to Los Angeles in 1998 to further his culinary knowledge and has called the Southern California coast his home ever since. Nick has spent that time perfecting his craft in kitchens all over Los Angeles for some of the finest chefs in California and beyond. Nick’s skills span beyond the kitchen and into the bar where he has become excited to create chef inspired libations. This all eventually set Nick up to create a catering business called “Calidelphia” which worked events for A list celebrities not only throughout California but internationally as well. In 2009, Nick made his debut as a chef on Bravo TV’s hit show “Top Chef Masters”, and moved on to shoot multiple episodes on Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” including other shows on the Food Network. Nick spent a considerable amount of time cooking and dining all over the world to further his knowledge culturally in the business. In 2014, he took over the Venice Whaler in Venice Beach, CA as the Executive chef/owner to turn a failing beachfront bar/restaurant into a success. Therefore, taking it from a 3 million dollar business to a 10 million business. Nick is now the Executive Chef/Partner of the Venice Restaurant Group overseeing The Venice Whaler, Cartolina and The Pier House which are all in Venice Beach. When Nick is not working in the restaurant or traveling around the world, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.

Chef Pete Blohme

Pete Blohme AKA “Panini Pete”
With a restaurant career spanning over 40 years and a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Pete has become a force in hospitality/food industry in the south. After many gigs in kitchens, hotels and cruise ships, being a chef/owner finally became a reality and Panini Pete’s Café opened in February of 2006 in The Fairhope French Quarter. In a few short years Panini Pete’s has become a local favorite due to his commitment to “Put Real Food in his Food” and his never met a stranger approach to hospitality. Panini Pete’s handcrafted Chef driven sandwiches and burgers have made his brand one to watch. Recently voted the Number 1 sandwich shop Alabama, the beignets have also launched this concept to new heights, garnering a host of positive media attention and rave reviews. Not to mention a regular on the Food Network over the past 10 years. Panini Pete’s has been featured on Diners Drive-ins & Dives, the “Best Of” Diners Drive-ins & DivesGuy’s Big BiteGuys Grocery Games. Pete was a guest judge on Food Truck Wars with Tyler Florence and has also performed in over 25 live food shows while touring with the Guy Fieri Road Show. 

Chef Rick Browne

Rick is a renowned barbecue pit master, chef, journalist, photojournalist, author, and TV cooking show host, who has traveled the world on assignment for consumer, travel, news and airline magazines. He currently bringing Barbeque Monthly, an online international barbeque and grilling magazine, to life, and is the instructor on cavetools.com’s Grill Master University online cooking course.

Rick conceived of, created and was the Editor-in-Chief of Barbecue America Magazine, the nation’s first and only national magazine devoted to barbecue, grilling, outdoor cooking, barbecue competitions and the barbecue industry. He has been a spokesman for many of the nation’s largest grill companies, as well as fulfilling that role for many of the companies noted below.

He was also the creator, host, and executive producer of public television's popular Barbecue America TV series (described as the first cooking and travelogue series highlighting America’s and the world’s outdoor bbq & grilling culinary landscape), which, in its seventh season, was aired on more than 230 public TV stations nationwide. He has also conceived, co-produced and hosted two seasons of the Outdoor Channel’s cooking and travel.

Chef Rose Lawrence

Rose Lawrence is a master of all things artisanal. Initially gaining recognition for her handmade, wild yeast bread, Rose quickly found herself on LA’s ‘best of’ lists for her bagels, pies, pastries, and brunch. Sourcing only local, organic ingredients, Rose stays true to her passion for health and sustainability. All of the waste created in Rose’s kitchen is composted and used as soil in Red Bread’s garden, the food packaging is biodegradable, and 5% of all earnings are given to the LA Food Bank. 
A lawyer by trade, Rose fights for food justice on the side, emphasizing food access issues that she herself aims to influence through Red Bread’s food delivery, food instruction, food education, and farmer’s market services. Refer to the Red Bread website to keep up with cafe movie nights, classes and demos, and how to get your hands on Rose’s famous Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Chef Tom Pisha-Duffly

Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly have drawn inspiration from their travels in Southeast Asia to create their Portland restaurant Gado Gado. With the iconic and colorful Indonesian salad as their namesake, Gado Gado celebrates Thomas’ Indo-Chinese heritage and the husband-and-wife team’s mixed and diverse culinary backgrounds.

Chef Tracey Bloom

Award-winning Chef Tracey Bloom who was a contestant on Bravo's Top Chef  and stars on Bravo's Don't be Tardy  with Kim Zolciak-Beirmann of Real Housewives of Atlanta offers restaurant consulting, personal chef services, and catering in and around Atlanta. Having worked in many of the area's finest restaurants and named one of the “Top 25 Chefs in Atlanta” by The Sunday Paper (2008), Chef Tracey is well-known in the Atlanta culinary scene. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, the Upstate New York native moved to the South to begin her career as the opening Pastry Chef at the acclaimed Sia’s in Duluth and then joined the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group to work at 103 West under Chef Gary Donlick. Chef Tracey has also held sous chef positions at Asher in Roswell, Oscar’s in College Park and Luma in Winter Park, Florida. She showcased her expertise in both the sweet and savory side of culinary arts as the Executive Chef at Table 1280 in Atlanta and then as the Executive Chef as Ray's on the Creek in Alpharetta. Chef Tracey competed on the Emmy award nominated show Top Chef (Season 7) on Bravo Television in 2010. She has also appeared on The Weather Channel, CNN, and Lifetime's Supermarket Superstar. In 2012, Chef Tracey was awarded a bronze medal by the prestigious American Culinary Foundation.

Chef Tyler Anderson

Chef Tyler Anderson currently owns five restaurants throughout Connecticut, including the multiple award-winning Millwrights Restaurant & Tavern in Simsbury. Anderson has been nominated as Best Chef in the Northeast by the James Beard Foundation for the past six years. He also appeared alongside fellow chef Bruce Kalman on season 15 of Bravo’s Top Chef and has won on Food Network’s Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay.

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The schedule of events, locations and appearances are subject to change.