Visit our Tiki Lounge for an ongoing series of appearances from these exciting names of the food world!
Chef Kevin des Chenes ("Chef Kev D")
Demos at 1:15 and 5:45 p.m.
“Executive Chef to the Stars" and author of Beyond My Chef Coat, Kevin Des Chenes has 25+ years of experience in the hospitality industry. He was named "Top Chef" by Las Vegas Food & Wine, has been a Chef Expert for Gordon Ramsey and appeared as a Featured Chef on Food Network's Chef Wanted, Great Food Truck Race and Beat Bobby Flay. He has also appeared on the Today show, the nationally syndicated Better Show, CT Style, Pickler & Ben, the Fox Morning Show and The Rhode Show, among others. He was also the winner of Top Celebrity Chef Showdown.
Chef Kev’s creativity in the kitchen and on the screen has not gone unnoticed. After having served as Executive Chef at such New England landmarks as 156 Bistro, Centro Martini and Washington Square Tavern, he has since Launched a successful event production, consulting and private chef company and become one of the most sought after chefs and event producers in the in the industry. He has cooked for the likes of John Legend, Tim McGraw, Tommy Lee Jones, Giuliana Rancic, Kathie Lee & Hoda, Isiah Thomas, Jim Courier, Little Big Town, various New England Patriots &. Red Sox players and coaches and more. Chef Kev is also an advocate for such charities as Boston Children's Hospital & The Light Foundation.
Chef Brian Duffy
Demos at 2:15 and 6:45 p.m.
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. He was soon working under James Beard Award winning Chef Jean Marie LaCroix at The Four Seasons in Philadelphia and has partnered in opening over 100 restaurants and venues. He formed the "Duffified Experience Group,” a consulting firm to work with restaurants across the country updating their concept, menus and coaching.
Duffy is perhaps most recognized from his abundant television appearances on the wildly popular Spike TV series Bar Rescue, where he tours the country reforming failing bars and restaurants. HIs most recent
show, Opening Night, follows him through HIS process of opening a restaurant, and he is currently collaborating to launch the highly anticipated “World Chef” interactive “Ultimate Foodie” platform. He is also the creator and host of "Duffified Live," a talking and travel podcast with an over-the-top approach to eating, drinking, and experiences, and he markets his own line of custom spices.
Ongoing Book Signings
Tracey Medeiros is a food writer, recipe developer and tester and author of six cookbooks, including The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook and The Art of Cooking with Cannabis. We're so excited to have her with us today to celebrate the release of The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook: 10th Anniversary Edition! This newly revised version of the original book contains exciting new contributors, easy-to-prepare nourishing recipes and stunning photographs.
Medeiros is an avid proponent of the farm-to-table movement who travels as a guest speaker and cooking instructor, emphasizing her commitment to the sustainable food movement. She resides in Vermont with her family.