At the end of January, at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Connecticut, the Sun Winefest 2011 event will be featuring a number of TV culinary personalities from a number of your favorite cooking shows. These TV stars, who also happen to be amazing chefs and restauranteurs, will be taking part in a number of food and wine activities, tastings, and cooking demonstrations. The most notable names to be participating include Bobby Flay , Robert Irvine, Donatella Arpaia, Andy Husbands, of Boston’s own Tremont 647, and Todd English, who recently helped open a new cupcake shop on Charles Street. Many of these stars, such as Flay (“Throwdown,” “Iron Chef”) and Irvine (“Dinner, Impossible”) have appeared numerous times of the Food Network as hosts or food judges. Others, like English and Arpaia, have also made appearances on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Husbands is best known for appearing on season 6 of Fox’s hit show starring Gordon Ramsay, “Hell’s Kitchen,” placing 8th out of 17 contestants.
Tickets for the Sun Winefest can be purchased through their website. Packages are available for either the entire weekend, or for individual events, though some events are already sold out, please check the website for details. The event runs January 28th-30th at the Mohegan Sun Resort Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
If you’ve got experience in the kitchen–as a caterer, cook, chef, or other culinary professional, its time you’ve gone through “Hell.” The now infamous series, “Hell’s Kitchen,” starring the always biting Gordon Ramsay, will be holding an open casting at the restaurant Dante in Cambridge on Wednesday, November 17 from 10AM to 2PM. Though Ramsay himself will not be in attendance, the show’s casting directors will, and will be looking for contestants to be on point in a number of areas.
Challengers be warned–in addition to being a master in the kitchen and camera-ready, you’ll have to have the guts to face verbal obliteration by Chef Ramsay on a daily basis. Boston-based chefs like Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 and Jason Santos of Gargoyles on the Square have both made recent appearances on the show, though with varying degrees of success.
“Hell’s Kitchen” is currently in its 8th season and airs on the Fox network. Unlike his newer show, “Master Chef,” which recently held auditions in Cambridge also, Ramsay expects “Hell’s Kitchen” contestants to be somewhat seasoned culinary professionals.
Interested contestants should be over 21, and arrive with their resume at the restaurant in person during the specified hours. Dante is located at 40 Edwin H. Boulevard in Cambridge, MA. For more details on the show, check out the Hell’s Kitchen website; for more details about the casting session, call 310.591.6439.
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