Finalists from the Food Network’s hit show “The Next Food Network Star” are bringing their cooking expertise and experience to the Culinary Styles Gourmet Kitchen stage at the L.A. County Fair.
Carissa Seward will appear Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23, demonstrating her cooking style and serving as a judge in several Culinary Styles competitions. Reggie Southerland will lend his expertise on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24.
The two competed in the popular “The Next Food Network Star” with six other cooks. Southerland was the runner up. The top prize, a television show all their own, eventually went to Guy Fieri, who now stars in “Guy’s Big Bite.” Fieri demonstrated and served as a judge for the Chefs on the Rise competition during the Fair’s opening weekend. Finalist Nathan Lyon was in the kitchen Sept. 15 and 16.
In a “Survivor” for the kitchen, one finalist was eliminated each week during “The Next Food Network Star” after enduring intense tests of their skills, from cooking for a “live” show to setting the perfect table to working as their own p.r. engine. It came down to Southerland and Fieri, with Fieri walking away with his own show.
Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Seward and Southerland will judge the Hidden Valley Family Friendly Food, Most Creative Lunchbox, All American Pie, European Pastry and Fleischman’s Yeast Best Ever Baking competitions.
The Fair continues through Oct. 1. Check the Web site for more information, www.lacountyfair.com.