Back in February, when the Dr. Phillips Center still had that new performing arts center smell, the folks there decided to try a bit of alternative programming and brought in celebrity chef and popular television host Alton Brown. He talked about food science and did cooking demonstrations, and everybody had such a good time that the DPAC folks said, “Hey,” (I’m paraphrasing here) “let’s do that again.”
So they’ve put together Chefs at Dr. Phillips Center, a three-chef series with some really big time superstar chefs, television personalities and authors: Emeril Lagasse, Ina Garten and Guy Fieri.
Lagasse will kick things off — and probably up a notch, if we know Emeril — on Dec. 1. He’ll chat with the audience about what inspired him to become a chef and his food philosophy. He’ll also conduct a cooking demonstration on the stage and then take questions from the audience.
Ina Garten, better known as the Barefoot Contessa, takes to the stage of the Walt Disney Theater on January 21. Given the date, I trust she’ll be properly shod. Garten, whose first book, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, was one of the best-selling cookbooks of 1999 and still very popular, will talk about cooking and entertaining and, perhaps, footware, and then have a question and answer session with members of the audience.
On Feb. 11, Guy Fieri will storm the stage with a cooking demonstration and a chat with the audience.
Following each performance, the chef will sign books in the lobby of the Dr. Phillips Center. Writer’s Block Bookstore of Winter Park will have books for sale. Combined, the three chefs have written over 30 books. So, no writer's block among these cooks.
Tickets for the series range from $154.92 to $305.28. Tickets to individual shows will go on sale Oct. 2 for Emeril Lagasse ($59.50-$99.50); Oct. 9 for Ina Garten ($49.50 to $89.50); and Oct. 16 for Guy Fieri ($59.50-$99.50). But really, that series subscription price is going to get you the best bang for your buck.
Or bam for your buck, if you prefer.
For more information and to purchase series tickets, visit the Dr. Phillips Center website.