During the opening weekend of Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, I had the pleasure of experiencing Celebrity Kitchen with Chef Robert Irvine. You may know Chef Irvine from his show on the Food Network, “Restaurant: Impossible.”
As Chef Irvine demonstrated how he prepared the dishes we would be sampling, he shared stories from his television series and his volunteer work with the United States military through the Robert Irvine Foundation. There was lively audience participation, with Chef Irvine answering guest questions in addition to sharing some great cooking tips (if you want a flavorless cooking oil, he recommends grape seed!). Chef Irvine even told us about the meal he enjoyed the night before atSteakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel, and his all-time favorite dish – roasted chicken with mashed potatoes.
For our tastings, we enjoyed a beautiful, fresh salad with ahi tuna that was seasoned just right, and topped with a delicious slaw paired with a wonderful vodka lime cocktail. The second course included perfectly cooked lamb chops with roasted cauliflower paired with a glass of Malbec. Chefs select their menus, so each Celebrity Kitchen tasting will vary. Celebrity Kitchen takes place every Saturday during the festival at Stage 17 in Disney California Adventure park. Each superstar chef creates a unique experience for their guests, so you will not want to miss out!
Remaining Celebrity Kitchen appearances include:
April 16 – Keegan Gerhard – Food Network Challenge and Hayden Wood – Flair Bartender (5 p.m. only)
April 23 – G. Garvin – Road Trip with G. Gavin
April 30 – Graham Elliot – MasterChef, MasterChef Junior
Annual Passholders who book the VIP package will be able to meet the superstar chef after the presentation for a photo and autograph session, in addition to receiving a special commemorative gift and stellar seating during the presentation.
Don’t miss your chance to dine with superstar chefs! Reservations for select dates and times are still available, and can be made by visiting Disneyland.com/foodandwine or calling 714-781-DINE (3463).