The events director of the I-X Center graciously set up three shows for me. But there was just one problem: I have stage fright. Pretty bad.
So I kept saying to myself, "You can do this. You can do this." And in a way, after all is said and done and I reflect back on it now, I suppose I did do it. Especially since I didn't faint...or throw up.
For anyone who's interested, here's a quick rundown of my weekend.
DAY 1: I had Dante Boccuzzi and Nolan Konkoski with me on the Giant Eagle Stage. The chefs were great. The demos were even greater. And the crowd was the greatest!
|Dante doing a demo of his "Mustard-Crusted Lamb Cutlets with Garbanzo Beans & Frisee"|
|Nolan explaining how to make his "Crab-Topped Arctic Char with Wilted Watercress & Tabasco Butter"|
Day 2: Ok, I survived the first day. This might not be so bad after all, I thought to myself. I started the morning judging a cooking contest sponsored by Sugardale Bacon. I loved every minute of it. Then again, what's not to love about bacon? Seriously.
|That's me conferring with fellow judge, Steve Schimoler|
Then later in the day, Jonathan Bennett and Shawn Cline joined me on the Sweet Stage where they made some extra delectable, mouthwatering desserts from my book.
|Jonathan preparing his "Gingered Apple Tarte Tatin"|
|Shawn whipping up his "Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar"|
Day 3: It's finally the last day. I'm really on a roll. Maybe I will survive. This day brings Zack Bruell and Ben Bebenroth back to the Giant Eagle Stage with me to demonstrate their dishes in my book.
|Zack discussing secret tips for his "Seared Sea Scallops with Thai Curry Coconut Sauce"|
|Ben whisking up his "Savory Killbuck Mushroom Buckwheat Crepes"|
I made it. I think. Actually, I'm pretty sure I did. And if you were there with me, I thank you for not making fun of me.
Till next time,