Now in its 13th season, the popular events at the Scottsdale, Ariz. resort pair culinary experts with the property’s Executive Chef, Beau MacMillan, to present interactive demonstrations and prepare a three-course meal paired with wines.
Now starting its 13th season, the “Lunch & Learn” series at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort has proved to be enormously popular with locals and visitors who crave a deeper look at the cooking from their favorite chefs, presented in interactive demonstrations led by Sanctuary’s executive chef, Beau MacMillan, reports The Arizona Republic.
This year’s series will kick off July 26 and once again each Saturday program will welcome a culinary expert to dish out their tricks of the trade, preparing a three-course meal for guests to enjoy with paired wines, the Republic reports.
A big part of the draw is the up-close-and-personal experience with MacMillan and the other celebrity chefs, as they “joke, playfully bicker and share secrets on how to make a star-power dish, complete with take-home recipes,” the Republic reports.
All lunch events start at noon, and are $75 plus tax and gratuity. The Aug. 23 class is a dinner event starting at 6 p.m., and is $125 plus tax and gratuity.
The full schedule of guest chefs for the resort’s 2014 “Lunch & Learn” lineup includes:
• July 26: Troy Johnson, former rock journalist turned food writer, host of Food Network’s “Crave” and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” judge on “Iron Chef America” and recurring judge alongside MacMillan on “Guy’s Grocery Games.”
• Aug. 2: Jason Asher, head mixologist for Young’s Market Company of Arizona, and former mixologist at Sanctuary’s Jade Bar. Named the “Nation’s Most Inspired Bartender” of 2010 by GQ magazine.
• Aug. 9: Jamie Gwen, chef, certified sommelier, cookbook author and radio personality who has won Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” and served as a “Master Chef” judge.
• Aug. 16: Edward Sylvia, founder and executive chef of Manhattan catering company Certé and national TV personality.
• Aug. 23 (dinner event): Elizabeth Falkner, pastry chef who has competed in Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef” and “Iron Chef America.” She has been a three-time competitor on Food Network’s “Challenge,” as well as a contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.”