Chef Central

Main Event Hours
11 am – 5 pm
Saturday, September 27 and
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Meet Celebrity Chefs Fabio Viviani and Tanya HollandLocated on the Ranch, the Asistencia building is regarded as the first stone-and-mortar structure built in California. It served many purposes: a farmhouse, granary, chapel, and lodging quarters during the Mission Period. Today, the original building is protected inside a large barn, but the impressive stone walls still stand and serve as the dramatic frame for Chef Central at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast.

Enjoy the historic space while you watch celebrity and master chefs share their culinary ideas, inspirations, and talents as well as demonstration techniques.

Take time to play and purchase your ticket today!

Seminars at the Asistencia

Reserved seating. Advance purchase is required.

*Schedule is subject to change without notice.

  • Saturday, September 27, 2014

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      • Sunset Cooks
      • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
      Seminar

      Take fresh to a new level with Sunset’s Food Editor, Margo True. Meet Margo in Chef Central to kick off your day at SAVOR and learn tips about how fresh, light meals are a staple of living in the West. Margo will prepare caramelized tomato bruschetta followed by grilled halibut wrapped in lettuce with black-olive tapenade—two of the many unusual, delicious recipes from Sunset's new The Great Outdoors Cookbook. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect directly with Sunset experts.

      Wine Partner: Ancient Peaks Winery

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      • Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani Does Duck
      • 1 pm - 1:45 pm
      Seminar

      Be prepared for some culinary entertainment! Celebrity Chef, restaurateur, and best sellling cookbook author Viviani, Fan Favorite of Bravo TV "Top Chef" Season 5, "Top Chef All Stars" Season 10 competitor, and star of "Life After Top Chef" takes the stage, bringing Italian flavor to SAVOR. Learn how to make your own Duck Sausage--Fabio-style in this Saturday seminar.

      Wine Partner: Vina Robles Winery

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      • Celebrity Chef Tanya Holland Creates Creole Shrimp and Grits
      • 2:15 pm - 3 pm
      Seminar

      Tanya Holland is the Executive Chef and Owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ in Oakland, CA. Holland is known for her inventive takes on modern soul food, as well as comfort classics. The author of BROWN SUGAR KITCHEN New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland on sale September 9th by Chronicle Books and New Soul Cooking: Updating a Cuisine Rich in Flavor and Tradition (Stewart, Tabori, and Chang). Holland is perhaps best known for her role as a host and expert on Soul Food for the "Melting Pot" series on the Food Network. Holland is regularly on the NBC's Today show and CBS's The Talk.  Join Chef Tanya as she creates her Brown Sugar Kitchen signature Creole Shrimp and Grits.

      Wine Partner: Ancient Peaks Winery

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      • Lamb Butchery Demo with Napa Valley Lamb
      • 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

      Presented by the American Lamb Board and Napa Valley Lamb

      The American Lamb Board brings you a demonstration of lamb butchery - from the popular cuts to the more obscure - to help you understand where your lamb originates. Don Watson, owner of Napa Valley Lam Company, shares more about raising lambs and his quest to help chefs utilize the entire animal in their cooking.

      Wine Parnter: J. Lohr Vineyards

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014

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      • Sunset Cooks
      • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
      Seminar

      Take fresh to a new level with Sunset’s Food Editor, Margo True. Meet Margo in Chef Central to kick off your day at SAVOR and learn tips about how fresh, light meals are a staple of living in the West. Margo will prepare caramelized tomato bruschetta followed by grilled halibut wrapped in lettuce with black-olive tapenade—two of the many unusual, delicious recipes from Sunset's new The Great Outdoors Cookbook. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect directly with Sunset experts.

      Wine Partner: Hope Family Wines

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      • Italian Flavors with Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani
      • 1 pm - 1:45 pm
      Seminar

      Chef Viviani has possessed a passion for food since his childhood growing up in Florence, Italy. As early as age 11, he was working in kitchens in Italy, soaking up the flavors and techniques of his homeland. Discover some of his favorite recipes from his home kitchens as he shares pesto and pasta techniques.

      Wine Partner: Eberle Winery

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      • Chicken and Waffles with Celebrity Chef Tanya Holland
      • 2:15 pm - 3 pm
      Seminar

      Join Chef Tanya as she creates Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles.  This classic combination was allegedly created for jazz musicians who got off work so late, they couldn't decide between breakfast and dinner and has now become a signature dish at Chef Tanya's Oakland eatery, Brown Sugar Kitchen.    

      Wine Partner: Vina Robles Winery

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      • Lamb Jam Masters Finale
      • 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

      Presented by the American Lamb Board

      We’re jammin’ with the winners of the 2014 American Lamb Jam National Tour for the battle to determine this year’s Lamb Jam Master. Winning chefs from Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., prepare their finalist dishes for you to vote and enjoy. 

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Chefs presenting their winning dishes include:

      Seattle: Chef Sarah Lorenzen of Andaluca

        Wine Partner:  Ancient Peaks

      Boston: Chef Nemo Bolin of Cook & Brown Public House

        Wine Partner: Vina Robles

      Washington, D.C.: Chef Rodney Scruggs & Chef Matt Baker of Occidental Grill

        Wine Partner: Hope Family Wines

      San Francisco: Chef Sophina Uong of Pican

          Wine Partner: Eberle Winery