30th Mushroom Festival’s Celebrity Chefs are Fabio Viviani and Brian Duffy

To celebrate our 30th year, the Mushroom Festival’s Culinary Tent will feature two celebrity chefs on the Kitchen Stage this year. At 12:30 pm and 3 pm on Saturday, September 12, Fabio Viviani, from Bravo’s Top Chef series will take the stage. After his demonstration he will be available for a book signing. On Sunday, September 12 at noon and 3 pm, Brian Duffy, from Spike TV’s Bar Rescue will be in the Culinary Tent. He will be selling his Duffied Spice and other cooking accessories before and after his demonstrations.

fabio bioMeet FABIO VIVIANI
Chef/Culinary Personality/Restaurateur/Cookbook Author
Chef Fabio started his culinary career working in a bakery in Florence, Italy at the age of 11. By 27 he was a successful restauranteur in Italy but decided to make a change, moving to Moorpark, California where he opened Cafe Firenze
He rose to celebrity chef fame as a contestant on Top Chef, receiving the Fan Favorite award for his charming ways. He now makes appearances on QVC, Good Morning America, The Talk, The Chew, and Ellen.
Today, Chef Fabio owns restaurants in California, Chicago and Miami. He has his own line of ceramic cookware, Signature Series Aeternum Evolution and just launched the Fabio Viviani Wine Collection. Chef Fabio is the author of three cookbooks: Café Firenze Cookbook, Fabio’s Italian Kitchen, and Fabio’s American Home Kitchen.
Learn more about Fabio Viviani at his website, where you can subscribe to his free magazine, Fabio’s Magazine.


brian bioMeet Brian Duffy
Chef/Clinary Personality/Restaurant Consultant   Chef Brian Duffy grew up learning about food and cooking from his big Irish-Italian Family in Philadephia, Pa. He trained at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia and worked under James Beard Award winning Chef Jean Marie LaCroix at The Four Seasons before venturing out with a partnership and opening Kristophers. Here he refined his style, calling it New Celtic, a refined, modernized take on Irish pub foods.
For the TV series Bar Rescue, Chef Duffy travels the country reforming bars and restaurants. He makes an annual appearance on the Today Show’s St. Patrick’s Day Irish Cook-Off and can be seen on various shows on the DIY Network, HGTV, NBC, and Fine Living Network. Chef Duffy will return as a judge for the second time on Food TV’s Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.
As a restaurant consultant, Chef Duffy works to give restaurants across the country new facelifts and updated menus. He is also working on a modern gastropub cookbook.
Learn more about Brian Duffy at his website.


A finalist in the Amateur Mushroom Soup Cook-Off talks with a judge while her soup simmers.

Verrelli is 2014’s Guest Chef in Culinary Tent

Christina Verrelli, Pillsbury Bake-Off Champion, America’s Best Cook Runner-Up and three-time Mushroom Festival Amateur Mushroom Soup winner is 2014’s Guest Chef! Learn home cooking techniques for mushrooms as well as how she became involved in competitive cooking.

Date: Saturday and Sunday
Location: Corner of Broad and Cypress Streets, next to the Growers’ Exhibit

Check back in July for the complete schedule of visiting chefs.


Scenes from 2013 — the 28th Annual Mushroom Festival

Carla Hall returns to the Mushroom Festival

Hootie Hoo!!!! Carla Hall, co-host of The Chew and former Top Chef contestant, returned to the Culinary Tent on Sunday, Sept. 8 and thrilled all who attended with her cooking tips, and great stories.Download the  Rustic Garlic Mushroom Tart by Carla Hall recipe here.

 Thanks to all our great chefs in the Culinary Tent!

Meet the Chefs

christian-collinsJennifer Behm-Lazzarini, Pink Martini Catering/Master Chef and Christian Collins, Master Chef Season 2
Shortly after winning Master Chef, Season 2 by beating her “arch-rival” Christian in the finale with a mushroom dish, Jen shared her mushroom ravioli with guests at the Mushroom Festival.  Now as the force behind Pink Martini Catering, she returns to share another mushroom recipe. Visit Pink Martini Catering.

Jennifer will be joined by Christian Collins, her “arch-rival” from Season 2 of Master Chef. Christian, from Gloucester, Massachusetts, went head-to-head with Jennifer in Season 2’s finale, actually choosing mushrooms as the ingredient Jennifer used to create her winning dish.

Chef Brett Hulbert, Portabellos

Chef Brett Hulbert has made his mark in the Kennett Square restaurant scene since purchasing Portabello’s Restaurant. He has embraced the mushrooms grown here and has developed a portabella mushroom cheesesteak sandwich and portabella fries, which can be found on his menu. A great teacher, in addition to being a great chef, Brett graciously shares his knowledge of mushrooms with all. Learn more about Portabello’s here.

Chef Steve Latona, Culinary Instructor at Montgomery County Community College
A Festival favorite, Chef Steve Latona, a Culinary Instructor at Montgomery County Community College, returns to the Mushroom Festival Kitchen with new interesting recipes for cooking with mushrooms.

Chef Alfred Jackson, Kennett Square Inn
Back by popular demand, Kennett Square Inn’s Alfred Jackson shares his take on mushrooms as the executive chef at the Kennett Square Inn. Chef Jackson published a popular mushroom recipe book, which is available for sale in Kennett Square.

mavrajChef Jack Mavraj, La Verona Italian Restaurant
Since coming to Kennett Square about two years ago, Jack Mavraj, chef and owner of La Verona Italian Restaurant had made a reputation for his northern Italian cuisine. Mushrooms are a part of the menu from the Kennett Square martini to their mushroom gratin and spinach and mushroom ravioli. Learn more about La Verona here.


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