The Cooking Demo Stage sponsored by PNW Co-op Specialty Foods and the Moscow Food Co-op, is a festival favorite, highlighting what our festival is all about, celebrating lentils! This stage is designed to help people learn all the delicious and easy ways to cook lentils in the comfort of their own home!
Friday night the Cooking Demo Stage features “Ask the Experts” a segment with a panel of industry professionals. The panel discusses farming, cooking, eating, health benefits and more. This is a highly interactive segment and the audience is encouraged to ask questions.
Saturday the stage features live cooking demos, at noon, 1pm and 2pm.
Executive Chef Jamie Callison – School of Hospitality Business Management Washington State University
Jamie Callison became executive chef in the Washington State University School of Hospitality Business Management in 2006. He oversees the HBM student-run catering events, and creates and implements new menu concepts and recipes. He’s also an HBM instructor and co-leads summer institutes for the National Restaurant Association.
Callison builds relationships with local farmers and the WSU organic program to ensure the availability of local, sustainable products for university guests. He also coordinates the WSU food and wine program at the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy.
Callison is the author of “The Crimson Spoon: Plating Regional Cuisine on the Palouse” cookbook, which features signature recipes and WSU products.
Chef Robin Leventhal – Top Chef Cheftestant, Culinary Arts Instructor, Artist & Auctioneer
Before becoming a chef, Robin was an artist. But it quickly became clear she had a passion for food. She formerly owned and operated “Crave” a popular Seattle bistro
serving up Contemporary Comfort Food on Capitol Hill. In 1999 she had a life-altering experience representing Seattle on the sixth season of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef,” where she finished fifth. She has since found an ideal balance in her life making art, teaching at Wine Country Culinary Institute in Walla Walla and catering. She keeps her knives sharp in kitchens for causes like “Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center” and “Bristol Bay.” Passionate about the future health of our food systems, she sits on the Seattle Slow Food Advisory Board, where they focus on raising community awareness and best practice methods.
Bio for Sous Chef Brittley Barrett: WSU Hospitality Catering Services
Brittley Barrett grew up in the culinary world, working in her grandmother’s restaurant and food truck in downtown Seattle and at local festivals. Given her passion for food, it came as no surprise when she enrolled at Washington State University to pursue a degree in hospitality business management.
For the past three years, Brittley has worked with Executive Chef Jamie Callison at WSU Hospitality Catering Services, moving up from prep cook to sous-chef, and joining the team for many VIP events.
Brittley will graduate December 2017 from WSU, with a major in hospitality business management and a minor in human resources management.
Special thanks to the Washington State University School of Hospitality Business Management for their assistance and support of the Cooking Demonstrations!