Get Your Celebrity Chef Fix This Weekend At the Metropolitan Cooking Show

by Steven Doyle

This coming weekend local food enthusiasts will be entertained by their favorite local chefs as well as celebrity chefs from the Food Network at the 2012 Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show. The event takes place at the Dallas Convention Center and offers a plethora of events to keep even those with very short attention spans busy gawking at the latest cooking trends, gadgets and techniques.  

Headlined by Food Network stars Paula Deen and Bobby Flay, MetroCooking Dallas has partnered with The James Beard Foundation to present a rotating roster of Texas-based talent set to entertain and enlighten attendees on an exclusive cooking stage.  The current list of James Beard affiliated chefs include Stephan Pyles, Tre Wilcox, Richard Chamberlain, Adam West, Bruno Davaillon and Abraham Salum.       

More personalities are conducting a variety of workshops over the weekend, including “Knife Skills” by Paul Hellman and Gunter Wilhelm, “Kitchen Feng Shui” by The Jelly Queens, “Cheese 101” by Rich Rogers of Scardello Cheese and “Easy Chocolate for Home Entertaining” by Sue Williams of Dr. Sue’s Chocolates.  Tasting and entertainment workshops taught by industry experts will expose guests to delightful and unique specialty foods and entertaining ideas.

Amidst the live discussions and demonstations with the impressive list of participants will be a labyrinth of vendor booths featuring samples and wares from more than 150 exhibitors.  Local and international specialty foods and food-related products will be for sale throughout the weekend.

General Admission tickets are $24.50, children ages 4-12 are $12.50 and children ages 4 and younger are free.  General Admission tickets allow entrance to demonstrations, entertaining presentations, and vendor booths on the exhibit hall floor.  Additional tickets are required for special events, such as a VIP meet-and-greet with Paula Deen or Bobby Flay and entry to special lectures by the headliners (ticket prices range from $65 – $400).  For a full listing of events and tickets, visit www.metrocookingdallas.com. For all the Bobby Flay fans, he appears on stage at 11am and 4pm Saturday only, and Paula Deen shows up at 1:30 Saturday and noon on Sunday.

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