Celebrity Chefs



Aug 1 • 8PM • Strathmore
Aug 2 • 7PM • Count Basie Theatre

Emmy Award winning personality Giada De Laurentiis has become a household name. With an impressive background of culinary training and a unique, personable charm, she is a globally revered celebrity chef who continues to prove her skill and accessibility not only with her expanding presence beyond the Food Network, but also with the great success of her cookbooks, brand alliances, newly launched food products and recurring role on the Today Show.

Giada’s career start on the Food Network began in 2002 when she was discovered by a network executive upon reading an article about her and the De Laurentiis family in FOOD & WINE magazine. Since then, Giada has earned an Emmy for Outstanding Lifestyle Host and has become one of Food Network’s most recognizable faces.

Her cookbooks, including “Everyday Italian,” “Giada’s Family Dinners” and “Giada’s Kitchen,” have topped the New York Times best-seller list and sold millions of copies worldwide. Her latest book, “Giada’s Feel Good Food,” was released last November.



Aug 1 • 7PM • Count Basie Theatre
Aug 2 • 8PM • Strathmore

Andrew Zimmern is a James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher, who is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World, and his new series, Bizarre Foods America, he travels the globe, exploring food in its own terroir. From world class restaurants to street carts and jungle markets, it’s all about discovering and sharing the authentic experience as a way to interpret the way we live our lives so we can make better choices for our future.

In May 2013, Zimmern won the prestigious James Beard Award for “Best Television Personality/Host” for the second time. This is in addition to his 2012 win for “Best Television Program On Location.” His MSN.com web-series, Toyota’s Appetite for Life, received an Effie in 2010. Bizarre Foods also took home two CableFax awards in 2009, one for “Best Television Program: Food,” another for “Best Online Extras” for Zimmern’s Travel Channel web-series, Bizarre Foods in the Kitchen. Zimmern’s podcast, Go Fork Yourself with Andrew Zimmern and Molly Mogren, won the Stitcher Award for Best Food/Cooking Podcast in 2012.