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Anne Burrell

Anne Burrell hosts Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, Chef Wanted and Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.  With her trademark spiky blond hair and pumped-up personality, Anne Burrell has worked at some of the top restaurants in New York and studied the culinary landscape and traditions of Italy. Anne makes restaurant dishes accessible and reveals concise, easy-to-master techniques for the at-home cook on her Food Network series Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. On her show Chef Wanted, Anne helps top restaurateurs find candidates with the right experience and creativity to become executive chefs. On Worst Cooks in America, Anne joins Tyler Florence in mentoring teams of hopeless home cooks from around the country, putting them through culinary boot camp.

Anne published her first cookbook, Cook Like a Rock Star, which gives home cooks the confidence and support to be rock stars in their own kitchens. Her cookbook earned a place on the New York Times Best Seller list and Anne released her second cookbook, Own Your Kitchen.

Growing up in upstate New York, Anne developed a passion for food and cooking at an early age. After obtaining an English and communications degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, she pursued her interest in the restaurant business by enrolling in the Culinary Institute of America. Following graduation, she spent a year in Italy attending the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners while working at La Taverna del Lupo in Umbria and La Bottega del' 30, a Michelin one-star restaurant in Tuscany. During this year, Anne grew to truly appreciate and understand the philosophy of Italian cuisine and culture, which left a lasting impact on her culinary point of view.

Upon her arrival in New York City, Anne was hired as a sous chef at Felidia, working with Lidia Bastianich. She then served as a chef at Savoy, where she cooked over an open wood fire and created flavorful menus inspired by Mediterranean countries. Here Anne developed her personal culinary style: rustic food made with pure and simple ingredients with intense flavors.

Don’t Miss Anne Burrell Present the Keynote Address on Saturday at 1:30

Graham Elliot

Graham Elliot is an award winning chef, restaurateur, television personality and cookbook author. Elliot, a self-proclaimed "Navy brat" who has traveled the world and all fifty US states, has accrued many prestigious accolades including multiple James Beard Foundation Nominations. At age 27, Elliot became the youngest four-star chef to be named in any major U.S. city and was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2004. In May of 2008, Elliot opened his eponymous restaurant, Graham Elliot, which went on to become one of only 15 restaurants in the U.S. to be awarded two Michelin stars.

In 2016 after 10 seasons with the MasterChef & MasterChef Jr. franchise, Chef Elliot left the show to join Bravo’s Emmy Award winning hit cooking competitions, Top Chef as a full time judge alongside Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Gail Simmons. And beginning Summer 2019, Graham joins restaurateur and best-selling cookbook author Ayesha Curry and "Iron Chef" Cat Cora on ABC’s Family Food Fight. Eight families from across the country share a common kitchen as they pull out their best culinary moves in the kitchen, serving up authentic family dishes and drama in pursuit of the title of America's No. 1 Food Family.

A life long dream to operate in Santa Monica California, Elliot partnered with premier dining collective K2 Restaurants to roll out his first west-coast casual takeaway called Petit Harvest offering more vegetable-focused fare including hummus with market vegetables, a Beyond burger, lots of salads, and more. Petite Harvest is scheduled to open mid-late summer 2019. Since February 2018, Elliot continues to operate his first restaurant project in Asia, Coast at MGM Cotai.

In 2013, Graham decide to make a life change and focus on his health and family, and to date, has lost an amazing 150 pounds (starting at 400 and now down to 250). Since then he has run a marathon and continued to keep the weight off so that he can spend more quality time with his family and friends. Don’t miss your opportunity to become inspired by Graham Elliot on Saturday at 1:00 on the Main Stage!

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Sasha Pieterse

Sasha Pieterse, author of Sasha in Good Taste, is best-known as the charismatic, manipulative teen social leader Alison DiLaurentis on seven seasons of the ABC series Pretty Little Liars, and recently revived her iconic role in the first season of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. This year she adds cookbook author to her oeuvre. Sasha in Good Taste, same title as her YouTube series, offers a complete guide to “yummy food & drinks, home decor, design tips & tricks.” Immediately following her Main Stage Appearance on Sunday at 1:30 you’ll have an opportunity to meet Sasha as she signs copies of her Cookbook, Sasha in Good Taste at the Books Pavilion adjacent to the Stage!

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With her trademark spiky blonde hair and sparkling personality, Anne Burrell is the hugely popular and fan favorite host of Worst Cooks in America, Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, as well as the new Food Network series Vegas Chef Prize Fight. Burrell is an industry veteran and passionate teacher who prides herself on creating rustic Italian dishes that celebrate simple and pure ingredients.

Growing up in upstate New York, Anne’s passion for food and cooking began at an early age, triggered by her love of watching Julia Child and her own mother’s talent in the kitchen. Anne began her TV career, appearing as a Sous Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. From there Burrell went on to be the Executive Chef at New KEY GROUP WORLDWIDE York hotspot Centro Vinoteca. It was during her tenure there that Anne was offered her own show on the Food Network, the Emmy-nominated Secrets of a Restaurant Chef which ran for nine seasons. Since then, Anne has become a much-loved staple on Food Network appearing regularly on shows such as Chef Wanted, Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Food Network Star and others. Burrell is also the author of two cookbooks, the New York Times top ten bestseller, Cook Like a Rock Star, and the follow-up Own Your Kitchen: Recipes to Inspire and Empower, both of which give home cooks the confidence and support to be rock stars in their own kitchens.

Burrell has served on the Garden of Dreams Foundation Advisory Board which brightens the lives of children facing obstacles, and is also a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Celebrity Ambassador, where she is an advocate for juvenile diabetes awareness. Throughout Anne’s culinary journey she has always said, "I feel so lucky to be able to share my true passion in life with others."

Don’t miss your chance to see Anne Burrell on the Main Stage Sunday at 1:00!
Immediately following her Main Stage Appearance on Saturday at 1:00, don’t miss your chance to meet Valerie as she signs copies of Indulge: Delicious and Decadent Dishes to Enjoy and Share at the books pavilion adjacent to the Stage. Valerie, who has been open about her struggles and triumphs with body positivity, says that Indulge is a labor of love for herself and her fans. Inside is filled with 100 recipes to nourish the body and soul, from fancy tea sandwiches and chocolate peanut butter dates to baby kale with crispy garlic.

Valerie’s long and celebrated career includes being an equally beloved spokesperson, Emmy Award-winning host, business entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author. Valerie most recently starred in her own show on Food Network entitled Valerie’s Home Cooking, where she shared her passion for preparing delicious meals for her friends and family. She received two Daytime Emmy Awards for ‘Outstanding Culinary Program’ and ‘Outstanding Culinary Host’ for the show. Valerie also starred in Kids Baking Championship alongside Duff Goldman, where she sought to find the most impressive and creative young baker in the country. Valerie has also served as a correspondent for The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show and as co-host of The Talk. 

In 2022, Valerie released her best-selling book Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today. Through a collection of essays, she explores her marriage with rocker Eddie Van Halen, her relationship with food, her journey of self-love, and more. The book was #1 on the New York Times Best Seller Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction list and #2 on the Hardcover Nonfiction list. In October 2017, Valerie released a cookbook titled Valerie’s Home Cooking, which hit #1 on Amazon for Celebrity Cookbooks. In October 2012, she released a cookbook called One Dish At A Time, a play on the name of the TV show that first made her a household name. In 2007, she authored the NY Times #1 bestseller Losing It, and inspired millions of people to become their best and healthiest selves. In 2009, she wrote a follow-up to her first book titled Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger for Life without Opening the Fridge. Valerie also released a fitness DVD entitled Losing It at the end of that same year.

Valerie made her QVC debut on September 17, 2017, during QVC’s In the Kitchen with David® with her cookbook Valerie’s Home Cooking. She introduced her signature Chocolate Love Cake, which sold out, along with additional food items, cookware, bakeware and her delicious crustless Quiches. Her Bertinelli Estate award-winning wines are currently available on HSN.

For six seasons, Valerie starred as Melanie Moretti in TV Land’s hit sitcom Hot in Cleveland. The show followed three fabulous friends from Los Angeles (Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick) whose plane, bound for Paris, was forced to make an emergency landing in Cleveland. In 2011, Hot in Cleveland was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award® for ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.’ In June of that same year, Valerie – along with co-stars Leeves, Malick, and Betty White – was presented with the key to the city of Cleveland by the mayor. In August 2012, she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 As one of Hollywood’s brightest young talents, Valerie helped develop, produce, and star in many highly rated TV movies and stayed extremely busy as one of primetime’s go-to actresses for movies and mini-series. Her television credits include Shattered Vows, Judith Krantz’s I’ll Take Manhattan, Rockabye, Murder of Innocence, In a Child’s Name, What She Doesn’t Know, Pancho Barnes, Ultimate Betrayal, Two Mothers for Zachary, I Was a Mail Order Bride, The Seduction of Gina, Silent Witness, and Night Sins. She guest-starred on Boston Legal in a part David E. Kelly wrote especially for her. Her other forays into the television series world include starring for two years on the hit series Touched by an Angel, Café Americain, and Sydney, which she also executive produced.

Now a two-time Golden Globe® winner, Valerie made her acting debut in TV commercials, public service announcements, and the TV series Apple’s Way before landing her big break at age 14 as Barbara Cooper on One Day At A Time, Norman Lear’s 1975 acclaimed series about a divorced mother raising her two daughters. The series ran on CBS for nine years, ending in 1984. Valerie’s best and favorite production is her son, Wolfgang, who achieved his own fame as the bassist for the legendary rock group Van Halen on its 2007-2008 North American Tour and for his own Grammy-nominated band, Mammoth WVH. 

Don’t miss your chance to see Valerie Bertinelli on the Main Stage Saturday at 1:00 and her book signing immediately following her Stage appearance!