Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert March 23-25, 2012 Features Popular Food Network Stars

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A gathering of culinary stars from the Food Network will be joined by a roster of notable chef/restaurateurs and stellar viticulture brands at the 3rd Annual Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert on March 23-25.

Mark Peel, Food Network Top Chef Master, Executive Chef/Owner of Campanile & Tar Pit Restaurants will be a featured chef.

The event will feature several Food Network stars that will make presentations and engage the public in entertaining cooking demonstrations throughout the three-day culinary festival.

The 2012 Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert culinary celebration will begin on Friday, March 23 with a sumptuous lunch with several James Beard winning chefs. The festival will continue on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25 with food tastings, wine pairings, and cooking demonstrations by numerous celebrity chefs, among them will be several Food Network television celebrity chefs:

  •     Alejandra Schrader – Top Finalist in Fox’s Master Chef with Gordon Ramsay

A trained architect and urban planner, she left her former career in real estate development and urban planning to pursue her love of food and passion for cooking. She will soon have a book published based on her food blog Cook Global, Eat at Home. Chef Schrader also has a private chef business Cucina Cocina and does frequent cooking demonstrations and TV appearances.

  •     Mark Peel – Top Chef Master, Executive Chef/Owner of Campanile & Tar Pit Restaurants

Among Chef Peel’s numerous awards, he received the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Restaurant Award,” the “Los Angeles Culinary Master of the Year”, and Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs. His book “New Classic Family Dinners” was selected as one of the top 10 cookbooks by Amazon in 2009 and commemorated his 20th anniversary of his award-winning Campanile restaurant.

  •     Adam Gertler -- Finalist on The Next Food Network Star, host of Will Work for Food, and Food Network Challenge: All Star Grill Off

A cook, entertainer and food enthusiast, Gertler charmed audiences in the 4th season of Food Network’s hit primetime series The Next Food Network Star. Following that in 2009 he began hosting Food Network’s new series Will Work for Food, exploring a variety of jobs related to the food industry across the country.

  •     Chris Crary – Top Chef Texas and Executive Chef, Whist Restaurant

Chris Crary appeared on Season 9 of the Food Network TV series Top Chef Texas and is presently the Chef de Cuisine at the award-winning restaurant Whist in Santa Monica. After receiving his degree in Culinary Arts, Chef Crary ventured to California to begin his culinary journey where he trained with his mentor Tony DiSalvo, former chef at Jean Georges in New York. His approach to cuisine incorporates Italian, Asian, and Spanish influences.

  •     Jill Davie – Food Network’s Top Iron Chef and Hot Chef

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Davie has since become a popular TV personality and has appeared in numerous Food Network shows including winning the title of one of its most popular shows, Top Iron Chef. She also bested her fellow competitors to take the title of Hot Chef and was co-host of Shopping with Chefs.

The Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert will offer the public a memorable experience of extravagant tastings, fabulous wines from around the world, and educational presentations by master vintners. The event is sponsored by City of Palm Desert, Viking Range Corporation, KCET, Stella Artois, Costco Wholesale, Wilson Daniels, Ltd., Trinchero Family Estates, Temecula Valley Wine Growers Association, Irish Dairy Board, Icelandic Glacial, Lancaster Estates, Roth Winery, Godiva Chocolatier, Cunard, Mount Gay Rum and Jensen’s Finest Foods.

This event benefits the Friends of the James Beard Foundation and the Endowed Scholarship Fund of the Culinary Institute of America.

For a complete listing of each participating chef, restaurant, winery, sponsor visit Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert is produced by J. Hocker & Associates, LLC and Palm Springs Life magazine. For more information, tickets, or sponsorship opportunities, contact Jeff Hocker at 760-320-5272 or via e-mail at For updates and tickets log on to or Follow updates on:

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