The Metro Cooking Houston returns to The Reliant Center for its third year on the weekend of September 14 and 15 for foodies and fans from Houston and beyond.
This year’s extravaganza brings renowned television chefs, sports stars turned chefs, hundreds of specialty food exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, workshops and, a new feature, the Grand Tasting Pavilion with dozens of local restaurants providing samples of their signature fare.
Well-known TV star and cookbook author, Paula Deen, will be returning for her third year, but this year with sons Bobby and Jamie, all of whom will take the stage. Bobby and Jamie Deen will also host The Deen Brothers BBQ & Photo Op. On Saturday, September 14, attendees will enjoy Deen Brothers recipes and have their photo taken with them.
Among the rotating roster of celebrities will be American Idol, Taylor Hicks, on stage with Food Network Star finalist, Martie Duncan.
Others in the celebrity lineup include actress, Debi Mazur and her husband, Gabriele Corcos from The Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin,” The Food Network’s “Cooking for Real,” host Sunny Anderson; the Grill Sergeant, Brad Turner and The Food Network’s Extreme Chef, Terry French.
In addition, Texas sports legends, Earl Campbell, will be on stage with his two sons to cook from favorite Earl Campbell’s Meat Products recipes, and Dan Pastorini will showcase recipes from his Dan Pastorini’s Quality Foods spices.
More personalities are conducting a variety of workshops over the weekend including Mark ‘Uncle Millie’ Millis, the wild game cook, and SFC (Ret) Brad C Turner, Jr., the 20 year Army Veteran who loves to “Share the Love and Share the Food.”
There will be a labyrinth of vendor booths featuring samples and wares from more than 150 exhibitors. Local and international specialty foods and food-related products will be for sale throughout the weekend.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
CELEBRITY THEATER SCHEDULE – Some scheduling may change.
SATURDAY SEPT 14:
11:00 am Paula Deen & The Deen Brothers
12:45 pm Extreme Chef Terry French
1:45 pm Brad Turner (a.ka. The Grill Sergeant)
3:15 pm “Cheflete” Dan Pastorini
4:00 pm “Cheflete” Earl Campbell
5:00 pm Uncle Millie
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15:
11:00 am Sunny Anderson
12:45 pm Paula Deen & The Deen Brothers
2:00 pm Martie Duncan & Taylor Hicks
3:15 pm Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos
General Admission tickets are $24.50, children ages 4-12 are $12.50 and children ages 4 and younger are free. General Admission tickets allow entrance to demonstrations, entertaining presentations, and vendor booths on the exhibit hall floor.
Additional tickets are required for special events, such as a VIP meet-and-greet with TV chefs, the one-day theater passes and entry to special lectures by the headliners (ticket prices range from $63 - $400).
One-Day Celebrity Theater Pass (includes general admission; does not include Paula Deen) $63; Paula Deen Celebrity Theater Pass (includes general admission, reserved theater seating) $95; Sept. 14 Deen Brothers BBQ Lunch with visit by Paula Deen (includes general admission) $75; Paula Deen Photo-Op and Brunch (includes general admission Paula Deen does not attend brunch) $140; Paula Deen VIP (includes brunch, VIP Lounge, gifts, personal photo with Paula Deen, general admission, reserved seats in Celebrity Theater for Paula Deen and general admission) $400.
For a full listing of events and tickets, visit www.metrocookinghouston.com.