From Item SourcesPopular chefs from the Food Network and Pennsylvania restaurants will show visitors at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show how to create culinary masterpieces from locally produced ingredients through live cooking demonstrations and competitions.
"Pennsylvania is a microcosm of the nation, with a variety of commodities produced throughout our diverse state," said Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. "Our locally produced dairy products, fruit, meat and vegetables are ideal for use in professional and home kitchens to create great tasting, nutritious dishes.
The PA Preferred Culinary Connection Stage is a great place to observe renowned chefs doing incredible things with commodities produced close to home."
The PA Preferred Culinary Connection Stage, located in the main hall, will feature demonstrations by chefs Chris Cognac, the Food Network's "Hungry Detective;" Richard Blais, star of Bravo's third season of "Top Chef" and "Iron Chef America" contestant; and Louisa Chu, guest on "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" and star of "Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie" on PBS.
Chefs from local restaurants, cooking schools and companies across Pennsylvania will take the PA Preferred Culinary Connection Stage each hour throughout the week.
Starting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, on the PA Preferred Culinary Connection Stage, four regional champions will compete in head-to-head cooking trials using Pennsylvania foods. Similar to the famous "Iron Chef" competitions, participants will not be told in advance the ingredients they must use during the competition.