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In the Kitchen With... at the 2019 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

A chef demonstrates technique on a stage at Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Be there as a celebrated chef demonstrates how to create a favorite dish—and then sits down with the event emcee to answer questions from the audience and share the secret ingredients of success.

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Event Details and Schedule

You’ve seen them on TV―now watch as star chefs share some of the secrets of their success, personal stories and a few of their favorite recipes.

What’s on the menu? Pure entertainment as the chef turns up the heat to create a few of their signature dishes live at Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park.

Enjoy a delicious brunch buffet, featuring one of the chef’s dishes, along with one alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, coffee, tea or water.

After the demo, ticketed Guests are invited to take a photo with the visiting chef. Chefs will have additional book-signing opportunities for Guests not attending the event.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fabio Viviani
Top Chef

Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Richard Blais
Top Chef, Top Chef All-Stars, Iron Chef America and Chopped All-Stars

Sunday, March 31, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Graham Elliot
MasterChef, MasterChef Jr. and Top Chef

Sunday, April 14, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Claudia Sandoval
MasterChef and MasterChef Latino

Event Location and Price
Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park
$110 per person, plus tax and gratuities for servers

Valid Disney California Adventure Park admission is required and not included in the price of this event. Guests ages 21 and older must present a valid photo ID to be served an alcoholic beverage. Space is limited. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.

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About the Chefs

Star chefs will be up on stage, demonstrating how to make a few of their signature dishes.

Fabio Viviani
Best known for his television debut on Bravo’s hit series Top Chef—earning the “Fan Favorite” title—Fabio Viviani’s on-screen appearances have propelled him to become one of the top culinary names in the country. He is a recurring guest on such national television shows as Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, The Chew and countless Food Network shows. In February 2017, he also released Fabio’s Kitchen on YouTube.

Chef Viviani has harbored a passion for food since his childhood growing up in Florence, Italy. Between training in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine at the top hospitality schools and working with culinary luminaries, such as Alessandro Panzani and Saverio Carmagini, Viviani also owned and operated nightclubs and restaurants in Florence. In 2005, Viviani moved to California where he opened his first US-based restaurant, Café Firenze, in Moorpark, California.

Richard Blais
Perhaps most recognizable as the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars, Richard Blais is a successful chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he went on to train at The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse and el Bulli.

Blais has appeared on Top Chef, Top Chef All-Stars, Iron Chef America and Chopped All-Stars as a competitor. He is a recurring judge on Top Chef and Master Chef and has also judged episodes of Guy's Grocery Games, Cutthroat Kitchen and Cooks vs. Cons. Blais has particularly enjoyed his hosting duties for the shows Burger Lab, Cook Your A$$ Off and Food Network's Halloween Baking Championship.

Graham Elliot
In 2016, after 10 seasons with the MasterChef and MasterChef Jr. franchise, Chef Elliot joined Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning hit cooking competitions, Top Chef, as a full-time judge alongside Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons. Graham is also the host and star of Bravo’s digital series, Going Off the Menu.

Graham is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, television personality and cookbook author. Elliot, a self-proclaimed "Navy brat" who has traveled the world and all 50 US states, has accrued many prestigious accolades including multiple James Beard Foundation award nominations. At age 27, Elliot became the youngest 4-star chef to be named in any major US city and was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2004. In 2008, Elliot opened his eponymous restaurant, Graham Elliot, which went on to become one of only 15 restaurants in the US to be awarded 2 Michelin stars.

Claudia Sandoval
Chef Claudia Sandoval, winner of the sixth season of MasterChef US, is now a judge on MasterChef Latino, a #1 hit TV cooking competition on Telemundo.

Born and raised in San Diego, California, to a family originally from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Chef Claudia grew up with her mother and grandmother, who taught her how to cook from a young age.

After winning the coveted title of MasterChef, she began a successful culinary consulting and catering company under the name “Claudia's Cocina.” Chef Claudia then published her bestselling cookbook "Claudia’s Cocina: A Taste of Mexico" in 2016.

Her culinary style is a modern take on Mexican coastal cuisine.

With a passion for all things philanthropic, Ms. Sandoval continues to find ways to give back to the community she lives in. Ms. Sandoval has supported and been a board member of various non-profit organizations. She continues to form strong affiliations with organizations like MANA de San Diego, the American Cancer Society, Feeding America, the Berry Good Foundation, Just In Time for Foster Youth, Center for Community Solutions, Mama's Kitchen and Veterans for Peace. Since her win, Chef Claudia has helped raise over $350,000 for organizations directly effecting change in her local communities.

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Reservations and More Information

Reservations are required and space is limited for this popular event. We recommend that you make your reservations in advance. The event registration website linked to is not controlled by The Walt Disney Company and different terms of use and separate privacy policy will apply.

Reservations may be made through the day of the event; however, we are unable to guarantee availability. Price does not include tax and gratuities for servers, which will be included at time of payment. Full payment is required at time of booking to secure your reservation.

Important Information

  • Valid Disney California Adventure Park admission is required and not included in the price of this event.
  • Guests must be ages 21 and older and need to present a valid photo ID to be served an alcoholic beverage.
  • Check-in begins at 10:45 AM at Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park.
  • Guests will receive brunch buffet, featuring one of the chef’s dishes, and one alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, coffee, tea or water.
  • Once booked, there are no cancellations, exchanges or refunds.
  • Event elements and information, including presenters, schedules, menus, pricing and hours are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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More Festival Food and Fun!

Check out all the exciting culinary seminars, tastings and other delicious happenings during the 2019 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

Disney California Adventure Park

Paradise Gardens Park

Valid Park Admission Required

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