Celebrity Chef Lineup Announced For 2022 KitchenAid Fairway Club
If you have never been to a professional golf tournament, it may come as a surprise to find there’s a lot more going on than just golf.
Great golf tournaments are often great experiences on several levels. Tournaments sometimes feature concerts, such as Little Big Town performing at the Ally Challenge; there are food experiences like the outsized one at the Meijer LPGA; others, like the Rocket Mortgage Classic feature large midways with golf related activities, fan experiences, sponsor demonstrations and more.
At the best tournaments, there usually is a lot to do other than just watch golf.
The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship today announced a celebrity chef lineup as the centerpiece of their fan experience at Harbor Shores during the 2022 KitchenAid Senior Championship (May 25 – 29).
Celebrity Chefs Scott Conant, Stephanie Izard and Melissa King — along with KitchenAid chefs Chris Covelli and Bret Wagner — will offer fans a chance to learn to improve their culinary skills with daily demonstrations and Q&A sessions. Naturally, KitchenAid products will be featured.
The demonstrations will be held near the main entrance in the KitchenAid Fairway Club. In addition to demonstrations, fans will have the opportunity to use KitchenAid small appliances and taste samples. Fans can also participate in a “putt for paint” contest where those who make a putt on a Stand Mixer-shaped green could win a custom painted stand mixer.
KitchenAid is headquartered in Benton Harbor, site of the Senior PGA for 2022.
It looks like fun to me. As a dedicated lifetime learner, I count any trip successful if I learn something new along the way.
You can find the full press release and schedule below
KitchenAid Announces Celebrity Chef Lineup for 2022 KitchenAid Fairway Club
Scott Conant, Stephanie Izard, Melissa King to participate in daily cooking demonstrations at 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship
BENTON HARBOR, MICH. (April 26, 2022) – KitchenAid unveiled today the full schedule of celebrity chefs that will take the stage in theKitchenAid Fairway Club, the centerpiece of the fan experience at Harbor Shores during the 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Renowned celebrity chefs Scott Conant, Stephanie Izard, and Melissa King will join KitchenAid chefs Chris Covelli and Brett Wagner in providing golf fans and culinary enthusiasts alike with the chance to ask questions and learn from the experts during daily cooking demonstrations.
Local favorites will also be providing featured demonstrations throughout the event, highlighting their best tips and favorite KitchenAid products. The full KitchenAid Fairway Club schedule is as follows:
Thursday, May 26
- 1 p.m. ET – Melissa King
- 2:30 p.m. – Cheyenne Galbraith, Houndstooth
Friday, May 27
- 1 p.m. – Scott Conant
- 2:30 p.m. – Brian Maynard, Forte Coffee
Saturday, May 28
- 1 p.m. – Stephanie Izard
- 2:00 p.m. – Tim Foley, Bread+Bar, Bit of Swiss
- 3:00 p.m. – Deb Sailor, Cheese Lady
Melissa King is an award-winning chef and entrepreneur. Known for her technical precision and ability to blend modern California cuisine with Asian flavors, Melissa is recognized as one of the best female chefs in San Francisco and a 40 under 40 Rising Star. Fan favorite and winner of Top Chef All-Stars, Melissa holds the record for winning the most challenges in the show’s history. She now serves as a judge on Top Chef and The Food Network’s Julia Child Challenge.
Prior to her television success, Melissa helmed several Michelin starred kitchens in San Francisco under acclaimed culinary legends including Dominique Crenn and Ron Siegel. She has cooked for notable figures such as Oprah Winfrey and Al Gore, and is a certified level 1 sommelier and skilled butcher. As a proud Asian American, queer woman, Melissa has raised over $50,000 for marginalized communities. She guest-stars in Sesame Street’s historic Thanksgiving episode that premiered the first ever Asian American muppet. She is set to curate the menu at the Met Gala in May 2022. Melissa is also the owner of King Sauce, a small batch sauce line and offers virtual cooking classes available in her online shop.
Scott Conant is a two-time James Beard Award-winning chef, cookbook author, and TV personality. With a career spanning more than 35 years, Conant brings a deft touch and unwavering passion to creating culinary experiences with thoughtful hospitality and soulful cuisine. His portfolio of acclaimed restaurants includes Mora Italian (Phoenix, AZ), The Americano (Scottsdale, AZ and Atlanta, GA), and Cellaio at Resorts World Catskills (Monticello, NY). Conant has been a popular presence on Food Network as a recurring judge on Chopped since 2009 and frequent co-host of Beat Bobby Flay.
Stephanie Izard, James Beard “Best Chef: Great Lakes” recipient 2013, and 2011 Food & Wine “Best New Chef,” is the Executive Chef and Owner of five Chicago and two Los Angeles restaurants. She also won the coveted title of “Iron Chef” in 2017 and was the 4th winner of Bravo’s Top Chef in 2008. Izard created a retail product line called “This Little Goat,” consisting of globally inspired cooking sauces and spice mixes for home cooks, and currently ships her sweets from Sugargoat nationwide in partnership with Goldbelly.
“It is our honor to welcome such a distinguished roster of chefs to the KitchenAid Fairway Club,” said Deb O’Connor, director of global corporate reputation and community relations at Whirlpool Corporation. “Our chef demonstrations are always a fan favorite, and this might be our best year yet. We love inspiring our cooking enthusiasts to spend more time in the kitchen, and there’s no better way to do that than by learning from the experts themselves.”
Located near the main Championship entrance, the KitchenAid Fairway Club is open to the public each day of the Championship and serves as the main experience center for fans to embrace their love for making. From samples at the KitchenAid Cafe and the opportunity to use our small appliances to the “putt for paint” contest where fans who make a putt on a Stand Mixer-shaped green could win a custom painted stand mixer, there’s something for everyone at the Fairway Club. Chefs Covelli and Wagner will be on hand all week to share recipes and answer your culinary questions.
KitchenAid always brings unique, culinary fan experiences to this historic and prestigious senior major, and 2022 will be no different.
For more updates and information about the KitchenAid Fairway Club activities, fans can follow @KitchenAid_Golf on Twitter.
For more information about the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship or to purchase tickets, visit SrPGA.com.
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