Garden Chef Series Cooking Demonstrations at Powell Gardens



Learn from Some of the Region's Best Chefs!

Learn to cook with garden-fresh ingredients at the Garden Chef Series. Noted chefs, cookbook authors and other culinary enthusiasts demonstrate recipes featuring fruits, herbs and vegetables grown in the 12-acre Heartland Harvest Garden, the nation's largest edible landscape.

The demonstrations take place from May 29 through October 2 in the open-air Missouri Barn and are included with Garden admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Samples, if provided, are limited. See some of the recipes from past demos by clicking on the recipe links below, or visiting our Garden Chef Series recipes page

The 2016 Schedule

Please note: The schedule is subject to change, so please check back for updates. Cooking demos start at 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 


 Sunday, May 29: Cody Hogan, Chef de Cuisine at Lidia's Kansas City



Sunday, June 5: Robin Cook, founder of Nourish 2 Flourish, and co-author of the Cook 2 Flourish healthy lifestyle cookbook. Click here to see photos and recipes from her demo!

Sunday, June 12: Ardis Englezos, creator of "...quality potions and botanical booze", and owner of Snake Oil KC will present a special cocktail demo for visitors ages 21 and over.


 Sunday, July 17: Julie Kendall, Chef/Owner at Café Blackadder in Warrensburg, MO.

Sunday, July 24: Brandon Winn, Executive Chef at Webster House 


Sunday, August 7: Jasper Mirabile, Jr., Chef/Owner at Jasper's Restaurant

Saturday, August 13: Paula Winchester, local entrepreneur and Certified Tea Specialist will present a special demo on solar cooking from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by throughout the day for samples, and catch her photo presentation on solar cooking in Ghana at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., or 1:30 p.m. (rain date Saturday, August 20)



Sunday, September 4: Shanita McAfee-Bryant, Executive Chef and owner of Magnolia's, a Southern cuisine restaurant and Kansas City's only Cutthroat Kitchen winner!



Sunday, October 2 (two demos as part of our Harvest Celebration):





2016 Garden Chef Series Sponsor

Thank you to the 2016 Garden Chef Series Sponsors: 

Cookware provided by Vita Craft. Weber kettle grill provided by Smoke 'n' Fire




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