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Celebrities. Entertainers. Culinary & Industry Experts. 

 

2022 Celebrity Bottle Signing . Kurt Russel.

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A letter from Kurt. This is How it Came About.

"My romance with wine began many years ago on bicycle trips with Goldie and our family through the great wine regions of France, Italy and California. Those fabulous excursions through picturesque vineyards provided the opportunity to sample many terrific wines. “Sampling” might be putting it lightly, especially where Burgundy is concerned. Those wines didn’t just steal my palate, they stole my heart. It wasn’t long before the dream of creating beautiful wines of my own (specifically Pinot Noir) was born. The many treasured conversations I’ve shared with various winemakers and producers from Burgundy to Bordeaux and Tuscany to Napa served to fuel my dream to someday take the leap from fantasy to reality...

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GoGi Goldie Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills 2018

 $49.99

91 points - Wine Spectator -   Included in list of April 2021 "Tasting Highlights" -- 10 Outstanding California Chardonnays --"Among the top-scorers is a Chardonnay from the Sta. Rita Hills winery, GoGi, founded by actor Kurt Russell {Peter and Rebecca Work of Ampelos Cellars - winemakers}.  The 2018 bottling's rich acidity backs the vibrant Gala apple and sliced pear flavors in this white - showing light creamy texture midpalate with a finish that lingers with dried savory accents and buttery hints."

92 points - Wine Enthusiast

A real sparkler - light, bright and joyful - just like its namesake!

For Goldie

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Chef Lineup & Demonstrations   

A cheeky swagger, charming grin & culinary bravado made Chef Ben one of the most beloved stars on Bravo's hit series "Below Deck", but it was his undeniable talent that made him into a highly sought-after celebrity chef.  

Ben's finely tuned skills & extensive knowledge of diverse flavors come from his experiences growing up between the picturesque Oxford Countryside and the coastal beauty of Cape Cod. You will find him spending long, summer afternoons in the kitchen with his mum, and had conquered all five of the "Mother Sauces" at only 5 years old (which he sweetly thought was named so because they came from his own mother's tutelage).  

 

 

 

 

His passion was unmistakable & was already a rising star in the culinary world (before Bravo came calling). Ben was meticulously training under a number of Italian master chefs in Florence when he caught the eye of world-renowned chef Hestor Blumenthal of the Fat Duck. He was chosen to apprentice at the Three-Michelin Star winning restaurant (The #1 restaurant in the world at the time) which helped launch him into becoming executive chef for multiple luxury yachts, including the 90M Athena (the largest sailing yacht in the world) & now surrounded by the vibrant energy of South Florida, Chef Ben has a booming catering business in which he travels all over the world giving lively interactive demos, exclusive guest appearances, creating culinary masterpieces for private events & collaborating with many charitable organizations, his adventurous life may take him to new places, but no matter where he is, food is always the one link to his soul that keeps him grounded. 

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Ben Robinson

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Kevin “Steek” Cooper

Kevin "Steek" Cooper, Cookbook author and Executive Chef of Succulent Imagination, was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Army and traveled the world for over six years, where he was exposed to a wide variety of cooking styles from various cultures. His main influences are American Fusion with Asian and Caribbean flavors and spices. Chef Steek is a winner of Food Network’s ‘Guy’s Chance of a Lifetime’, ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’, ‘Cooks vs. Cons’ and he also competed in Food Network Canada ‘Fire Master’s’.
At the age of 9, Chef Steek became fascinated with cooking when his mom gave him a jar of generic peanut butter. His immediate response was to make peanut butter cookies. He made them daily until his family could no longer take it and asked him to make anything else besides peanut butter cookies. With the support of his mother and grandmother, Chef Steek explored his creativity in the kitchen. From that day forth, he vigorously pursued his dream of becoming a Chef.
After being a home cook for many years, Chef Steek went to J & A Institute of Culinary Arts in South Philadelphia. He graduated with a degree in Specialized Technology and Restaurant Management. He was also recognized as a 5-time star student and valedictorian of his class. With his love of Asian and Caribbean spices coupled with his passion for creating great food, Chef Steek created Succulent Imagination.
Succulent Imagination is an exclusive service that provides delicious food for social gatherings, intimate events, private events, and corporate office parties. Chef Steek also host and provide services as a private chef, caterer, or personal cooking sessions. He’s the chef who brings the flavor and the vibe with his service. He’s been featured on Food Network, The Cooking Channel, Fox, ABC and NBC.
The grand opening of Succulent Imagination yielded an attendance of over 250 people. For the National Guard, of which he was a member also for six years in addition to his Active-Duty tenure, he cooked and served over 400 soldiers and their family members. Chef has hosted many private events and will continue to showcase his passion for food entertainment.

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Barret Beyer

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Chef Barret Beyer epitomizes new beginnings and change, inspiring millions with his cooking and actions. While working in New York City’s financial industry and boom era during the aughts, Beyer was arrested ten times for charges that ranged from selling drugs, Conspiracy to forgery, even overdosing and waking up on life support after 2 days in 2006. For ten years, from 1998 until 2008, he was in and out of jails. However coinciding with the birth his daughter in 2008, the reality TV star finally got sober. Beyer said, “I couldn’t do it anymore. I wanted to be a father she could look up to.” He did. Leaving the world of finance and clanging cells bars behind, the love of cooking become the inspiration for his life’s next course. Always a home cook, Beyer attended culinary school in his native Long Island. Before even graduating the ambitious New Yorker already had a job as a sous chef. Beyer then made it to “Hell’s Kitchen” with the legendary kitchen screamer Gordon Ramsey. His favorite television experience. Although, he didn’t win the show, Beyer realized that working in the kitchen is the work he loves. It’s that drive to succeed and healthy ambition which drove him to participate in “Cutthroat Kitchen”, another on-camera cooking competition. “I was the first one cut. It was for not putting the chicken on a Chicken Caesar Salad,” the chef says while chuckling at his folly. From his experience on reality TV, the cheffing professional has become a consultant opening a multitude of East Coast restaurants, receiving many accolades along the way. Food & Beverage Magazine and Chef Works have both named him “Chef of The Month”, in 2013 and 2014, respectively. With his new found celebrity status, Beyer volunteers or works non-profits events around the country including Reality Rally which raises money for Michelle’s Place a Breast Cancer Resource Center in Temecula, Bullying We’re Kickin’ It which he is a Spokesperson for. has organized and raised money to cook warm meals to feed the people & first responders of Long Beach after Super storm Sandy hit. He went out to Oklahoma & teamed up with Johnsonville Sausage Company to help cook raise money & items for the victims of the F5 Tornado that ripped through Moore County. With eight years of sobriety and five years of cooking, it’s clear Chef Beyer has changed his life. Chef Barret will continue to pursue consistent growth, creativity, and culinary development through the positive interaction of culinary leaders. For now, rest assured his strong desire to share his culinary knowledge with others, and to provide personal chef services/classes for the inexperienced cooks/chefs will rapidly establish Chef Barret’s brand and associated added value.

MIMI J

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Staci Azzinaro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chef Staci Azzinaro has always been committed to excellence bringing her clients the best in fusion cooking. Chef Staci is known for her Sunday brunches, intimate dining experiences and online cooking classes. She loves sharing her passion for all things food and refers to her clients and followers as beautiful people. She can be found on her social media platforms doing food videos and engaging with her audience.

Chef Staci launched her Hot Spice Seasoning and Sauce Line in 2020 and has turned it into a successful business. Chef Staci has an impressive celebrity clientele that she has worked with they include Philly's own Will Smith, Kevin Hart, Jasmine Sullivan and the Philadelphia 76ers. She is now the proud owner of Oliver's Twist Restaurant that offers her twist on both Vegan and Non- Vegan recipes. Her motto is if you can make it traditionally you can make it vegan. 

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Sterling Wright

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The Texas native hasbrtaken an untraditional path to becoming a staple in homes and kitchens aroundbrthe world. Chef Meika “MiMi J” Johnson vacated her position as a global accountbrcoordinator for Ricoh USA after 10 years with the company to launch her ownbrprivate, upscale catering business in 2015. The wife and mom used herbrlove, talent and passion for cooking as a means to generate extra income, andbrthat quickly grew into a lucrative, sustainable career that got her thebrattention of several high-profile chefs including Chef Richard Pratt, who hiredbrher to oversee his Iron Chef events at the Space in Dallas. Soon MiMi was beingbrsought after to appear on top cooking programs around the country. 

 

MiMi credits her decadentbrdishes to a rich food history deeply rooted in Louisiana and East Texas familybrinfluences. While she specializes in Southern cooking, MiMi has also carved outbra niche in the private sector doing healthy food prep for many of her clientsbrand as a traveling chef for the super elite. She has been featured on abrnumber of national cooking shows including The Taste (ABC National), UndercoverbrBoss (CBS National), Bobby's Dinner Battle with Bobby Flay (Food NetworkbrNational) as well as Good Morning Texas (ABC Dallas) and Good Day Dallas (FOXbrDallas). 

Learn more about ChefbrMiMi J at DFWCookingParties.com.

Chef Sterling Wright and his wife Shauncey Wright have two children, a son, Sterling Jr.,  and a daughter, Diamond. He is also the stepfather of Latasha and Danshea. Chef Sterling grew up in the J.C. Napier Homes, a housing project in South Nashville. While attending McGavock  High School, a teacher introduced him to cooking, and through her class, he realized that cooking was his passion. Chef Sterling attended the Johnson Wales University Culinary School,  where he began perfecting his craft. Over the years as a professional chef, Sterling has served Presidents and CEOs, music legends,  and celebrities. His clientele list includes Oprah Winfrey and Motivational Speaker Tony Robbins.  

Hell's Kitchen 

In 2005 Chef Sterling was selected to be in Season 13 on Hell's Kitchen as one of the most liked contestants in Hell's Kitchen history. Chef Sterling, also known as "Mr. 100," was the only contestant in the history of Hell's Kitchen that was allowed to keep his Hell's Kitchen Chef Coat even though he was eliminated from the show by episode 12.

Community 

However, giving back is Chef Sterling's heartbeat; Chef Sterling has partnered with several  Nashville non-profits, such as Nashville Peacemaker, Papa Joe's ministries, and Elijah Heart's. Also, chef Sterling realized that cooking could be a therapy for our children suffering from trauma and mental anguish. So, in 2018, he partnered with a non-profit organization called I AM  INVISIBLE BULLYING AND SUICIDE to begin bringing awareness to mental illness. 

Youth Culinary School 

Chef Sterling's dream became a reality in 2022; he partnered with Bishop Judy A. Johnson & The Claiborne Family of  Faith Worship of Nashville, TN, to bring the first youth culinary school in Nashville, TN. The culinary school has also expanded its vision to bring the youth culinary school to  Clarksville, TN with IMINVISIBLE led by Mrs. Sharon Kay-Edwards. One of Chef Sterling's future goals is to place a youth culinary school in every city within the United States.

Mark McMillian

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Mark the "Grill'n McMillian"

Speedy high school sprint champion, Mark McMillian, was a two year starter at Glendale JR College in California where he was an All-American. His standout performance gained him a scholarship to play for the University of Alabama under renowned coach Gene Stallings. To this day, McMillian holds the Alabama record for the longest interception TD in school history. Mark was drafted into the NFL by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 10th round where as a rookie, he earned honors by being named to the prestigious All-Madden Team. After a brief stint as a New Orleans Saint, McMillian would later have some of his most celebrated success as a cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs under coach Marty Schottenheimer. In 1997, 5-foot-7-inch, McMillian, was given the nickname “Mighty Mouse” by his teammates and fans by boosting an impressive season with 8 interceptions (tied for the NFL lead) and 3 defensive TDs (longest 87 yards). He also set a Chiefs franchise record for most returned yards (274). Mighty Mac finished his 8 Years in the NFL with the Washington Redskins along side Hall of Famer Daryl Green and Champ Bailey. He now resides in Los Angeles, California and works with various programs that help to improve the lives of children and young adults.

Grill'n McMillian (grillnwithmcmillian.com)

More chefs...Coming soon!

Keisha Colbert

I'm Chef Kiesha Colbert born in New York , I have always been passionate about good food. My previous career of nearly twenty years as a social worker in the field of foster care and adoption also made me passionate about taking care of people.

While I am not a classically-trained, professional chef, I have been blessed with the tremendous gift of being able to combine my two life-long passions to do something I love: take care of people with good food.

My approach to food is bold and adventurous. I combine great ingredients and great cuisines from my three favorite areas grandma's kitchen the backyard BBQ pit and the taste of the Caribbean with a punch of bold flavors and a down home feel. The result is healthful, gourmet cuisine with a bit of a kick and a memory of granny's kitchen family events and oh that great Caribbean vacation. 

https://www.sweetpeacateringco.com

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