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You’re in for a day packed with incredible flavors. Join us for free cooking demonstrations by award-winning celebrity chefs and esteemed local chefs, attend book signings and more. Technical skill and culinary artistry converge on every plate as you and a Sur La Table chef create signature dishes from four honorees of the James Beard Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from this class benefits the James Beard Foundation.

Denotes a book signing after the chef demo.

Saturday, September 24
Sur La Table
Westwood
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SCOTT CONANT

Impero Caffe, NYC

10:00 am

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Conant brings unwavering passion to a career that spans nearly 30 years. With multiple restaurants—including the beloved L’Impero and Scarpetta—three popular Italian cookbooks and legions of fans from his regular appearances as a judge on Chopped, Conant has established himself as one of the country’s top chefs.

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SUZANNE GOIN

Lucques, Los Angeles

12:00 pm

With restaurants that include Luques, a.o.c. and Tavern, Goin is a luminary of the Los Angeles culinary scene. Renowned as a chef, restaurateur, caterer and cookbook author, Goin won this year’s prestigious James Beard Outstanding Chef Award.

 

Sur La Table
Kierland Commons
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AMANDA FREITAG

Food Network's Chopped and American Diner Revival

10:00 am

Co-star of Food Network’s hit series Chopped, Amanda Freitag has battled Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America and competed for the title of America’s Next Iron Chef. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Freitag has worked as the executive chef at some of New York’s most popular restaurants, including Gusto and The Harrison, where her food was met with critical acclaim.

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CHRISTOPHER GROSS

Christopher's & Crush Lounge, Phoenix

12:00 pm

Phoenix chef Christopher Gross has cooked for three U.S. presidents and earned accolades from Esquire, Food & Wine Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Phoenix New Times, OpenTable and Gayot.com. Most recently, his restaurant Christopher’s earned Wine Spectator’s 2015 Award of Excellence.

 

Saturday, October 1
Sur La Table
Country Club Plaza
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Gavin Kaysen

Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis

10:00 am

Gavin Kaysen has cooked in top kitchens across the U.S. and Europe, including Café Boulud, where he earned the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year award and a coveted Michelin star. In 2014, Kaysen returned home to Minneapolis to focus on soulful and seasonal cooking from the Heartland. His restaurant, Spoon and Stable, was a 2015 James Beard Award nominee for Best New Restaurant.

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Debbie Gold

Kansas City, MO

12:00 pm

James Beard Award winner and four-time nominee Debbie Gold has been one of Kansas City’s most innovative chefs for the last 20 years. She competed on Top Chef Masters twice and earned national accolades for her work at The American Restaurant.

 

Sur La Table
Perkins Rowe
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Alex Guarnaschelli

Butter, NYC

12:00 pm

A frequent judge on Food Network’s Chopped, Alex Guarnaschelli bested nine rival chefs to become The Next Iron Chef. She is one of few American chefs who can boast about staying power in Michelin-starred restaurants, including Daniel in New York City and chef Guy Savoy’s esteemed three-star kitchen in Paris. Guarnaschelli also inspires budding chefs as an instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.

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Jay Ducote

Baton Rouge, LA

2:00 pm

Jay Ducote spends most of his time as a food and beverage writer, blogger, radio host, speaker, video producer, culinary personality, chef and hugger.

 

Saturday, October 15
Sur La Table
900 North Michigan
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Missy Robbins

Lilia, Brooklyn, NY

10:00 am

Celebrated chef Missy Robbins has earned critical acclaim for her exemplary Italian cuisine. As executive chef of A Voce restaurants, Robbins earned a prestigious Michelin star for both A Voce Madison and A Voce Columbus. She was named as a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine in 2010 and was a 2011 semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: New York award.

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Jimmy Bannos, Jr.

The Purple Pig, Chicago

12:00 pm

A fourth generation restaurateur, Jimmy Bannos, Jr. won the 2014 James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year. He showcases his love for all things wine and swine at The Purple Pig, one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Chicago.

 

Saturday, October 22
Sur La Table
Brewery Blocks
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STEPHANIE IZARD

Girl & the Goat, Chicago

10:00 am

The first woman to win Bravo’s Top Chef, Stephanie Izard received a James Beard Award in 2013 and was named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine in 2011. The executive chef of three popular Chicago restaurants—including the James Beard Award–nominated Girl & the Goat—Izard has been praised by high-profile publications such as Saveur, the New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens.

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Greg Higgins

Higgins Restaurant and Bar, Portland

12:00 pm

An avid organic gardener, chef Greg Higgins is committed to inspiring people to choose good, clean food. He has earned accolades from Sustainable NW and received Oregon state’s Governor’s Award for his work promoting Oregon agriculture.

 

Saturday, October 29
Sur La Table
City Place Woodbury
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Jose Garces

Garces Restaurants, Philadelphia

10:00 am

Renowned Latin-American chef Jose Garces translates his rich cultural traditions and culinary vision into personal dining experiences in more than 15 restaurants across the country. His Philadelphia-based hospitality group also operates a full-service catering and event division, the 40-acre Luna Farm and the Garces Foundation, which is dedicated to Philadelphia’s underserved immigrant community.

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Paul Berglund

The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis

12:00 pm

After serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Paul Berglund started his career at the acclaimed Oliveto restaurant in Oakland, California. He has led the kitchen at The Bachelor Farmer since 2011 and won this year’s James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest.

 

Sur La Table
Copley Place
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John Besh

Besh Restaurant Group, New Orleans

10:00 am

John Besh is a chef and native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. With his twelve restaurants, event space, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he aims to preserve ingredients, techniques and heritage. He hosts two national public television shows that are based on his award-winning cookbooks.

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Joanne Chang

Flour Bakery + Café, Boston

12:00 pm

An honors graduate of Harvard with an Applied Mathematics and Economics degree, Joanne left a consulting career to enter the professional cooking world. Chef and co­owner of Flour Bakery + Café and Myers + Chang, she also has three cookbooks.

 

Saturday, November 5
Sur La Table
Union Street
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Anita Lo

Annisa, NYC

10:00 am

One of the country’s most respected chefs, Anita Lo has earned numerous accolades for her inventive American cuisine, which reflects her multicultural upbringing and classic French training at Ecole Ritz-Escoffier. Lo has competed on Top Chef Masters, worked as guest chef for a White House state dinner, and earned prestigious two-and three-star reviews from the New York Times.

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Charles Phan

The Slanted Door, San Francisco

12:00 pm

With six popular restaurants, Charles Phan is a luminary of the San Francisco culinary scene. The inventor of modern Vietnamese cuisine in America, Phan is renowned as a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and a James Beard Award winner.

 

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