Learn to cook with garden-fresh ingredients at the Garden Chef Series. Noted chefs, cookbook authors and other culinary enthusiasts demonstrate recipes featuring fruits, herbs and vegetables grown in the 12-acre Heartland Harvest Garden, the nation's largest edible landscape.
The demonstrations take place at least twice a month from May 24 through October 4 in the open-air Missouri Barn and are included with Garden admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Samples, if provided, are limited. See some of the recipes from past demos on our Garden Chef Series recipes page.
The 2015 Schedule
Please note: The schedule is subject to change, so please check back for updates. Cooking demos start at 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
We have canceled the May 24 cooking demonstration with Cody Hogan, Chef de Cuisine at Lidia's Kansas City. We will reschedule it soon. Please check back for updates.
Sunday, May 31: Craig Jones, Food Network's Grill Mayor and Owner of Savory Addictions Gourmet Nuts (See Craig's recipes for Grilled Swiss Chard, Grilled Baby Carrots and the Perfect Brat.)
Sunday, June 7: Martin Woods, Executive Chef at Ya Ya's Euro Bistro
Sunday, June 14: No demo (Missouri Barn Dinner with Cody Hogan, Chef de Cuisine at Lidia's Kansas City)
Sunday, June 21: No demo (Join us for a Father's Day performance by Paul Mesner Puppets at 2 p.m.)
Sunday, June 28: Chefs Pamela Infranca, former owner of the Wild Onion Cafe in Trenton, Mo., and Ellen Knapp
Sunday, July 5: No demo
Saturday, July 11: Patrick Parmentier, Chef/Program Director at L'Ecole Culinaire
Sunday, July 19: No demo (Missouri Barn Dinner with Rick Mullins, Chef at Gram & Dun)
Sunday, July 26: Charles d'Ablaing, Executive Chef at Chaz on the Plaza inside The Raphael Hotel
Sunday, August 2: Rachel Ciordas, Food Writer/Owner at This One Bite and Lucca Bakery, and Instructor at the Culinary Center of Kansas City
Sunday, August 9: Jasper Mirabile, Jr., Chef/Owner at Jasper's Restaurant
Sunday, August 16: Joe West, Executive Chef/Owner at Kusshi
Sunday, August 23: Matt Arnold, Executive Chef at Webster House
Sunday, August 30: Mindy Lindeman Riley, Owner of Olive Tree Fine Oils + Vinegars, and Duane Daugherty, Owner of Mr. Doggity's Foods
Sunday, September 6: Julie Kendall, Chef/Owner at Cafe Blackadder in Warrensburg, Mo.
Sunday, September 13: Richard W. McPeake, Chef/Culinary Instructor, and Students from the Kansas City, Kansas, Community College Culinary Arts Program
Sunday, September 20: No demo (Join us for Under a Harvest Moon with Ryan Brazeal, Executive Chef/Owner at Novel.)
Sunday, September 27: Laura and Tim Tuohy, Owners of Kansas City Canning Co., at noon
Sunday, October 4: Two demos today—Beth Bader, Co-author of The Cleaner Plate Club, at 12:30 p.m. and Craig Howard, Chef/Owner at Howard's, at 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 11: No demo (Missouri Barn Beer Dinner with John Smith, Executive Chef at Pig & Finch, and Boulevard Brewing Company)
2015 Garden Chef Series Sponsors
Thank you to the 2015 Garden Chef Series Sponsors:
Cookware provided by:
Weber kettle grill provided by:
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