Wow! What an experience! Thursday night I had a chance to meet some of the stars from the Food Network. Guy Fieri ~ Food Networks Host of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" and also "Guy's Big Bite", Aaron McCargo Jr ~ Season 4 Winner: Food Network's Show "Next Food Network Star" and Host of his own Food Network Show "Big Daddy's House", Rich Hollenberg ~ TV Personality / Cooking Host, Eric Masson ~ Executive Chef and proprietor of The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro, Eric's wife, Kimberlee Mason, Andreann Geise ~ September 2009 Ultimate Recipe Showdown winner!, Becky Billingsly of the Myrtle Beach Restaurant News, Kara-Anne Serradimigni and Liz Mitchell of Taste!.
Friday was a long day of photographing everything from the breakfast with Guy Fieri all the way to the fine wine reception at the end of the night with Fabio Viviani ~ Bravo TV's Show Top Chef 5 "Fan Favorite" and Jacopo Falleni ~ Mixologist & Restaurant Owner, Firenze Osteria.
I had the chance to photograph the first cooking demo by Andreann Geise ~ September 2009 Ultimate Recipe Showdown winner! Then the room was busting at the seams for Guy Fieri ~ Food Networks Host of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" and also "Guy's Big Bite". I have to say I have met some personalities over the years and Guy really has a flamboyance about him. At the dinner Thursday night he asked how many of us have ever seen a champagne bottle "sabred"? Some of us have heard of it... Next thing you know we are all outside, Guy has a huge knife and with one felt swoop, the cork and the top of the champagne bottle are now off in the grass somewhere.
I had a chance to then go booth to booth taking some candid shots of the vendors and guests enjoying some of the greatest tasting foods, sauces, cakes, coffee's and the list goes on.
Unfortunately I did have a wedding to photograph on Saturday so I did not have a chance to capture the events. However I did get back for the Awards on Sunday. Please stay tuned for the other blogs I will post about this event.
August T. Michel Photography
"We specialize in the Extraordinary!"