Chef Demo Lineup at Chowdafest 2014 Announced

24 Jan

Chowdafest 2014 Contestants

Okay, so it’s finally time!  You’ll never know how tough it was for us to not spill the pinto beans on this one:  the chefs who will be taking part in the first ever cooking demos at Chowdafest brought to you by both of us here at OmNomCT and CTbites and sponsored by Clarke of Norwalk.

Chef Hunter Zampa who competed on Rachael vs. Guy discusses the finer points of his killer venison chili

Chef Hunter Zampa who competed on Rachael vs. Guy discusses the finer points of his killer venison chili

First up is Hunter Zampa, winner of Food Network’s Chopped:  Teen Talent competition.  You also might remember seeing him duke it out all the way until the end on Rachael vs. Guy:  Kids Cook-off.  Well, here’s your chance to see him cook live as he works the Clarke Cooking Stage starting at 11:30.  For his demo, he’ll be creating a Spinach Potato Leek Dip using ingredients and products from Frontier Soups and Westminster Crackers.

Pietro Scotti of DaPietro's got some soup on!

Pietro Scotti of DaPietro’s got some soup on!

Next up at 12:30 is Pietro Scotti of DaPietro’s in Westport, a landmark restaurant that countless people flock to.  He’s the king of risotto, but he’ll be taking things in a new direction with a killer Italian soup that comes from Turin, Italy (where they make Fiats).  Pietro will be using Victoria Foods products and Gallo Wines in his demo (to drink, cook with, or both?).  Chef Scotti will also be inducted into the Chowdafest Hall of Fame for his commitment to chowda and Chowdafest.

Batting third at 1:30 is the chef from our favorite restaurant in Fairfield County, Chef Forrest Pasternack.  Forrest is Executive Chef of Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield that has been winning people over left and right with his passion for real, fresh, from-scratch-food, and local ingredients.  Appropriately so, Chef Pasternack will be creating a dish for you to nom away on from two local Connecticut companies:  The Farmer’s Cow and Chabaso Artisan Bakery.  We can’t wait to see what he’ll be making.

Chef Plum Talks Between Courses at the May Dinner Underground Event

Then, stop back at 2:30 to check out our buddy Chef Plum!  You know him from BetterCT on WFSB (Channel 3) where he has become a regular, you’ve seen him compete on The Taste, you saw him show Guy Fieri’s who’s boss by winning Guy’s Grocery Games, and maybe you’ve been to his Dinner Underground series via Plum Luv Foods.  And, now you can see him cook live on the Clarke Cooking Stage.  Boo yaka!  Chef Plum’s time slot is sponsored by Cracker Barrel Cheese and Sierra Nevada Beer, so we gotta ask:  are you ready for a warm and comforting Cheddar Ale soup?  Oh, did we mention that Plum just might be using his favorite ingredient, too?

Each demo lasts about 2o minutes, so make sure that you arrive to each session on time.  You’ll want to take a rest between chowders and voting, anyway, so why not take your time?  Also, each chef will have a limited amount of samples, so make sure you’re up close and personal.

And here’s the full schedule at the Clarke Cooking Stage:

  11:30 Teen Chef Hunter Zampa presented by Frontier Soups and Westminster Crackers
     12:30 Chef Pietro Scotti presented by Victoria Foods, FIAT of Fairfield County and E.& J. Gallo Wines
     1:30 Chef Forest Pasternack presented by The Farmer’s Cow and Chabaso Artisan Bakery
     2:30 Chef Plum presented by Cracker Barrel Cheese and Sierra Nevada Beer
     3:00  Hall of Fame Induction
     3:15 Award ceremony presented by Stop & Shop

And here are more reasons for you to get down to Chowdafest:

  • 32 decadent and nomworthy chowders for you to sample and vote on
  • Craft beer and wine tastings
  • Good times, great friends
  • This event benefits the Connecticut Food Bank
  • There will be a special Kid’s Cove where free chef hats can be designed
  • Lots of yummy free samples from sponsors

For more info about Chowdafest, look below, check our original post, and/or visit the Chowdafest site.


The 2014 competition is scheduled for February 2, 2014

Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
600 Main Street – Conveniently at the bottom of exit 27 off I-95
It’s just 20 minutes from most anywhere in CT.
Conveniently right off exit #27 – follow signs.
Be green and car pool – parking just $5

Adults are $12 
Kids 6-12 are just $5, five years or younger FREE
Tickets available at the box office
SAVE $2!  Advanced tickets can be purchased at CT Stop & Shops in Jan. for $10 (adult)

Besides your appetite, please bring family and friends…..NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DONATIONS WILL BE COLLECTED!
Those bringing these items will be entered into a raffle for a $200
Stop and Shop gift certificate – thank you!HOW TO CONTRIBUTE IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND

We hope you can make this fantastic event
but if you can’t and still want to make a difference: 

You can click on this link

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