Private Chef to the Stars Conducts Demonstration at The Cook’s Warehouse; Attendees will Learn to Create Culinary Dishes Worthy of any Hollywood Soiree

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With the world moving at lightning speed, let Richard Florczak, private chef to director and actor Mel Gibson, show you how to whip up gourmet meals in a flash. Florczak will conduct an intimate cooking demonstration at The Cook's Warehouse, Decatur, GA on Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.

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Today with the world moving at lightning speed, the private chef to the stars will demonstrate how to shop in your local grocery store and prepare gourmet meals without spending all day in the kitchen. Richard Florczak, author of The Private Chef cookbook and personal chef to director and actor Mel Gibson, will conduct a cooking demonstration on Saturday, April 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Cook’s Warehouse newest location in Decatur (180 West Ponce de Leon Avenue). A book signing and mini-tasting will be held on Sunday, April 23 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at The Cook’s Warehouse Midtown store (549-I Amsterdam Ave. N.E.).

During the event Florczak will demonstrate how to prepare Creamy Tortilla Soup, Grilled Swordfish with Thai Coconut Sauce, and Champagne Terrine with Seasonal Berries. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample culinary delights, record recipes, and talk with Florczak about life as the private chef to the stars. He will also divulge shopping tips, share his favorite brands, and autograph copies of his cookbook. To register for the event, visit cost of registration is $45.

As a personal chef, Florczak’s extensive repertoire includes mastered recipes in all cuisine types. His vast experience allows flawless preparation of meals in all atmospheres, including meager kitchen environments. Florczak can effortlessly organize and present delicious meals on a spectrum from a romantic dinner for two on a private jet to a lavish party of more than 500 attendees.

About The Private Chef, Richard Florczak

Richard Florczak has been the private chef to high profile celebrities for more than fifteen years. He is the author of the cookbook The Private Chef. For the past nine years Richard has been the full-time, exclusive chef for actor and director Mel Gibson and was recently sought after by Jennifer Garner to provide services on a part-time basis. Richard has also worked for other noted celebrities, including Gela and John Taylor—owner of Juicy Couture and founding member of Duran Duran. Florczak honed his craft at the prestigious Hotel Bel-Air. He also worked for several exclusive Los Angeles caterers. Richard received his training from The UCLA Chef Program, The Culinary Institute of America at Napa, The Omni Hong Kong Hotel, The New School of Cooking, and The California Sushi Academy in Los Angeles. Richard Florczak resides in Agoura Hills, California with his wife Heidi. For more information, visit

About The Cook’s Warehouse

The Cook’s Warehouse is Atlanta’s premier gourmet cooking store and school, with locations in Midtown, Brookhaven, and Decatur. Voted “Best of Atlanta, 2005” by Creative Loafing, the retail outlet has an extensive array of the finest cookware, kitchen appliances and gadgets. Additionally, the Brookhaven and Decatur stores, in partnership with Sherlock’s Wine Merchant, offer a selection of artisan cheeses from around the world and a wine bar. The Cooking School hosts more than 150 cooking demonstrations quarterly, conducted by renowned chefs. For more information, visit


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