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 from May 29 through October 2 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 2016 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 29: Cody Hogan, Chef de Cuisine at Lidia's Kansas City
Sunday, June 5: Robin Cook, founder of Nourish 2 Flourish, and co-author of the Cook 2 Flourish healthy lifestyle cookbook
Sunday, June 12: Ardis Englezos, creator of "...quality potions and botanical booze", and owner of Snake Oil KC will present a special cocktail demo for visitors ages 21 and over.
Sunday, July 17: Julie Kendall, Chef/Owner at Café Blackadder in Warrensburg, MO.
Sunday, July 24: Brandon Winn, Executive Chef at Webster House
Sunday, August 7: Jasper Mirabile, Jr., Chef/Owner at Jasper's Restaurant
Saturday, August 13: Paula Winchester, local entrepreneur and Certified Tea Specialist will present a special demo on solar cooking from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain date Saturday, August 20)
Sunday, September 4: Shanita McAfee-Bryant, Executive Chef and owner of Magnolia's, a Southern cuisine restaurant and Kansas City's only Cutthroat Kitchen winner!
Sunday, October 2: Rachel Ciordas, Food Writer/Owner at This One Bite and Lucca Bakery, and Instructor at the Culinary Center of Kansas City