The Guest Chef Series invites alumni back for the Experience

Feb 18, 2009

The Guest Chef Series allows SHA students to work alongside nationally acclaimed chefs to create a unique dining experience. This year, the Guest Chef Series features an all-star line-up sure to excite your palate. The events will take place in Taverna Banfi at the Statler Hotel.

For more information on the Guest Chef Series or to make reservations, please call Lisa Thomas at: (607) 254-2624

Chef Aida Mollenkamp
February 21, 2009
Ask Aida

Chef Aida Mollenkamp’s elegantly simple food style was developed after spending time in both Italy and Paris, where she received her Grand Diplôme after receiving her undergraduate degree at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. 

Chef Aida is currently starring on her own show on the Food Network , Ask Aida. Her interactive show answers viewers’ questions about cooking. In addition to her hosting duties, she is also the Food Editor and head of the test kitchen at CHOW magazine.

Chef José Andrés
March 7, 2009

Spanish Chef José Andrés is a culinary innovator known for bringing both traditional and avant-garde Spanish fare to America. He is the chef and owner of THINKfoodGROUP, the team responsible for Washington, DC, favorites: Café Atlantico, Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, and minibar by josé andrés.

He is also the host of PBS series José: Made in Spain, the first series on American television to focus on Spain’s wine, food, and travel. In 2007, Chef Andrés was inducted into the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America by the James Beard Foundation.

Chef Craig Koketsu
April 25, 2009
Park Avenue and Quality Meats

California-raised Craig Koketsu fostered his passion for precision, knowledge, and flavor by working with acclaimed chefs at some of America's top restaurants. Chef Koketsu was selected to create the concept and menus of Quality Meats, and he did so with a creative twist on classic dishes.

Additionally, the transitional nature of Park Avenue’s menu allows him to mine diverse culinary techniques to illuminate each season’s offerings.  Park Avenue was named among the top best new restaurants of 2007 by New York Times,
New York Magazine and New York Observer. New York Magazine also named Chef Koketsu among New York's top up-and-coming chefs.