Chefs in the Culinary Tent presented lots of great ideas for cooking with mushrooms.


Meet 2016’s Chefs

This year’s Celebrity Chef is World Food Champion Jennifer Daskevich. As a competitive cook, lawyer, restaurant owner, wine sommelier, award winning food photographer and budding foodie entrepreneur – Jennifer’s life is more than just “A Little Gourmet Everyday” – it’s a full sprint living buffet.

In addition to multiple TV appearances, now as a recurring featured local Tampa Food Personality on NBC Affiliate WFLA, and her winning role in FYI’s Original Series “World Food Championships”, Jennifer competes and wins major competitions regularly. She is the 2013 World Sandwich Champion, and the 2015 Chevron Game Day Chef of the Year (crowned this year at the Rose Bowl), among many wins.

Christina Verelli is a perennial favorite at the Mushroom Festival. She’s won the amateur mushroom cook-off winner a couple of times and shared her cooking tips after winning the Pillsbury Bake-Off and being crowned Food Network’s All-Star Academy runner-up. She is now an on air guest for KitchenAid on QVC.

MacGregor Mann is owner and head chef at Junto, in Chadds Ford, Pa. It is a modern farmhouse BYOB showcasing food grown and produced in the Tri-State Area, and especially the fertile Brandywine Valley. The cuisine at Junto exhibits influences from the Lenni Lenape and Susquehannock Native Americans, as well as the Swiss and German settlers of Pennsylvania. Chef Mann’s Pennsylvania roots have fused beautifully with his cutting edge techniques and international influences to provide you with an experience showcasing local artisans and fresh native ingredients in a truly modern farmhouse meal.

Chef Robbie Jester has made his stamp on many Delaware restaurants from the Hotel DuPont to Toscana and is now head chef at the reinvented Stone Balloon Ale House. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America where he graduated with high honors.

Jester’s talents have not gone unnoticed; he was one of a handful of chefs chosen for Maryland Governor O’Malley’s 2009, 2010 and 2011 Buy Local Challenges, and for Chefs by the Bay in 2010 and 2011. Chef Robbie was featured on Food Network show Guy’s Grocery Games in November 2015 and is slated to compete on several other TV programs in 2016.

Chef John Moeller, a native of Lancaster Pa. is now the owner of State of Affairs Catering.He has spent the past 30 years traveling and working in areas from New England to the Burgundy region of France, including 14 years at the White House serving three First Families and their guests. His book is called, Dining at the White House.

Natalie Jenks is a personal chef and caterer. Her bright green food truck is a staple in the Kennett Square area. She enjoys working with clients to create a personalized menu whether its for a family dinner or a wedding reception for 150.