An event designed for food lovers, the Metro Cooking Show in Houston turned out an extensive crowd demonstrating their undying support for all the celebrity chefs involved, especially Paula Deen.
Not only was there standing ovations, posters and shout-outs to one of television’s former popular chefs, but Deen received words of endearment from chef, Sunny Anderson.
Deen’s appearance on Saturday, September 14, the first in three months since her public scandal, was an emotional event for her and the crowd of 1,500 fans. On Sunday, September 15, Bobby Deen introduced his mother to a crowd that welcomed him and his new wife along with Deen’s husband, Michael and their extended family seated in the audience. Taylor Hicks joined the in the fun with a brief serenade and a twist and twirl with Deen.
Metro Cooking Houston also hosted the bubbly and vivacious Sunny Anderson, who is celebrating the release of her book, “Sunny’s Kitchen: Real Food for Real Life” in conjunction with her show, Cooking for Real, on Food Network. Hicks later joined Martie Duncan, Food Network Star Season 8 finalist, for a lesson in Butternut Squash soup and a crusty apple dessert with caramel. Debi Mazur and her husband, Gabriele Corcos, from The Cooking Channel’s. Extra Virgin show, imparted recipes focused on the simplicity of Italian cooking with fresh ingredients.
The event also showcased the talents and recipes from The Food Network’s Extreme Chef, Terry French, and sports legends. Earl Campbell and Dan Pastorini.
Numerous personalities conducted workshops over the weekend including Mark ‘Uncle Millie’ Millis, the wild game cook known for his hunting, fishing, ironworking and mechanical skills; and SFC (Ret) Brad C Turner, Jr., the 20 year Army Veteran who loves to “Share the Love and Share the Food.”
Amidst the live discussions and demonstrations with chefs and the rest of the impressive list of participants was a labyrinth of vendor booths featuring samples and wares from more than 150 exhibitors. Local and international specialty foods and food-related products were for sale throughout the weekend.
The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show (MCES) is a two-day food-lover’s event featuring hundreds of exhibitors, cooking demos, tastings, workshops, book signings and appearances by national food and entertainment celebrities. With its first show in Washington, DC in 2001, MCES has expanded its national presence and takes place annually in three cities: DC, Houston and Dallas. MCES is owned and operated by The Tiny Kitchen, Inc.