A tradition for chefs are held every year at the Ahwahnee Hotel, featuring some of the most acclaimed and innovative chefs from across the globe. Each culinary experience showcases the varied emerging styles, trends and personalities that have come to distinguish American culinary arts from others. Most visitors are either aspiring chefs or just those who simply love to cook.
Organization: Yosemite National Park
Dates: 01/06/2013 - 01/31/2013 update info
Time: 10:00:00 AM - 6:30:00 PM
Event Cost: TBA
Venue: The Ahwahnee in Yosemite National Park,CA
Phone: (209) 372-1445
Each session features receptions, cookery classes, demonstrations, kitchen tours and 5-course dinner and wines.
Session 1*- "Three Friends Cooking"
Moderator: Janice Wald Henderson, Food & Travel Journalist
January 6 - 8
Visiting Chefs: Douglas Keane ~ Cyrus, Healdsburg, CA
Victor Scargle ~ Lucy, Yountville, CA
Peter Armellino ~ Plumed Horse, Saratoga, CA
Session 2- Moderator: Janice Wald Henderson, Food & Travel Journalist
January 9 - 10
Headliner: Mark Sullivan ~Spruce, San Francisco, CA
Demonstrators: Annie Somerville ~ Greens, San Francisco, CA
Ben "Wyatt" Dufresne ~ PlumpJack, Squaw Valley, CA
Session 3- Moderator: Connie Barney Chester, Culinary Tour Guide
January 13 - 15
Headliner: Joey Elenterio ~ Chez TJ, Mountainview, CA
Demonstrators: Brian Streeter ~ Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley, CA
Jesse Cool ~ Flea Street Cafe, Menlo Park, CA
Session 4- Moderator: Connie Barney Chester, Culinary Tour Guide
January 16 - 17
Headliner: Mark Estee ~ Campo, Reno, NV
Demonstrators: Peggy Smith & Sue Conley ~ Cowgirl Creamery, Pt. Reyes & San Francisco, CA
Adam Mali ~ Brasserie S & P, San Francisco, CA
Session 5- Moderator: Carolyn Jung, Culinary Journalist
January 20 - 22
Headliner: Matt McNamara ~ Sons & Daughters, San Francisco, CA
Demonstrators: Daniel Holzman ~ The Meatball Shop, New York City, NY
David Lentz ~ The Hungry Cat, Santa Barbara, Hollywood, Santa Monica
Session 6- "LA Women"
Moderator: Carolyn Jung, Culinary Journalist
January 23 - 24
Headliner: Suzanne Goin ~ Lucques, Los Angeles, CA
Demonstrators: Waylynn Lucas ~ Fonuts Los Angeles, CA
Nyesha Arrington ~ Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA
Session 7- Moderator: Andrew Friedman, Author
January January 27 - 29
Headliner: David Bazirgan ~ Fifth Floor, San Francisco, CA
Demonstrators: Kim Alter ~ Haven, Oakland, CA
Laurence Jossel ~ nopa/nopalita, San Francisco, CA
Session 8*- "Chefs of the Big Apple"
Moderator: Andrew Friedman, Author
January 30 - 31
Visiting Chefs: Jonathan Waxman ~ Barbuto, New York, NY
Jimmy Bradley ~ The Red Cat & The Harrison, New York, NY
Joey Campanaro ~ The Little Owl, New York, NY
- Chefs teach the styles, trends and characteristics of this tasty cuisine
- January to February each year
- At the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park
Overview: Whether considering a career in the restaurant industry or just wanting to try something new, holidays for chefs have become a unique form of vacationing that have become popular in many countries. Yosemite National Park's renowned Ahwahnee Hotel is no exception. It hosts a series of courses that are designed to distinguish American cooking from others, taking into account the varied intricacies that make it so unique.
When: January to February each year
Where: Ahwahnee Hotel - Yosemite National Park
Fees: Fees vary for participants
Details: Every year, from January to February, featured chefs teach the styles, trends and characteristics of this tasty cuisine. Classes are highlighted with a reception to meet students and the chefs, cooking demonstrations/classes, a hotel kitchen tour and a final grand dinner with a 5 course menu. However, there are other sessions held across the country, some of which are recommended to serious student chefs, located in Dallas, San Francisco, Portland and Los Angeles.
The hotel's event includes varied accommodation packages to choose from. Some prefer a full three day stay, whereas others opt for just a weekend. Meals can be inclusive, though many would be chefs choose to savor all that Yosemite's nearby restaurants and cafes have to offer, getting another angle on the taste of American food. Most cannot resist lounging in the hotel's famous Ahwahnee Dining Room, Mountain Room, or Wawoma Dining Room. Others venture further afield to the Curry Village Area for as much food as they can eat in the form of a buffet, the Yosemite Village Area for good old-fashioned American fast food, or the Trailhead Dining which its varied snacks.