Learn from Some of the Region's Best Chefs!
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.
Sunday, May 24: Cody Hogan, Chef de Cuisine at Lidia's Kansas City
Sunday, May 31: Craig Jones, Food Network's Grill Mayor and Owner of Savory Addictions Gourmet Nuts
Sunday, June 7: Martin Woods, Executive Chef at Ya Ya's Euro Bistro
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 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: Craig and Gay Jones, Owners of Savory Addictions, and Ed and Denee Collins, Owners of NKC Dog
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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