The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest is pleased to announce our Demonstrating Chefs for the 2014 Fest.
Chef Vincent Tropepe
Chef Vincent Tropepe is a Brooklyn, NY native. His deep Italian roots as well as his grandmother’s have inspired him to become a chef. Vincent Tropepe has worked in every avenue of the food business. From prep cook, to dishwasher, line cook, sous chef as well as executive chef in some of the country’s top restaurants. He has also had his work featured in numerous newspapers, magazine, online magazines, and blogs. Vincent is also a published cookbook author with his first release titled, “From Behind the Kitchen Doors”
Because of Vincent’s in depth knowledge of the workings of the restaurant business, and his 13 different culinary certifications and 7 managerial and business certifications Vincent has been called the “American born Gordon Ramsey.” He will be launching a new line of gourmet Italian cookies at the Fest this year in addition to signing his book and providing us with some yummy entertainment on the Cooking Demo Stage both Saturday and Sunday.
Over 19 years of experience in the industry is what Chef Kevin Des Chenes has to offer. With appearances on The Celebrity Stage at The Atlantic City and Philadelphia Food & Wine Festivals, The Nationally syndicated Better Show, The Rhode Show and TV Maitre D, and most recently Food Network’s Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell & Spike TV’s Frankenfood, Chef Kevin’s creativity in the kitchen has not gone unnoticed. Having owned his own restaurant in Burlington, Vermont and having served as Executive Chef to some of New Englands’s most notable restaurants and catering companies, Chef Kevin is always in search of new challenges and he is excited to be a part of the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival!!
You can hear the latest happenings at www.chefkevd.com!
Chef Amanda Giblin
As a contestant on Season 11 of Hell’s Kitchen on FOX-TV, Amanda Giblin was given the opportunity to test her skills and knowledge eager to earn the respect of acclaimed Chef Gordon Ramsay.
A New Jersey native, Amanda grew up in an Italian-Irish household and that meant surrounded by plenty of good food. Her Italian Grandfather taught her that food and cooking is the heart and soul of many great memories. As a young girl, Amanda could often be found in the kitchen at home with her mother helping with dinner or whipping up something of her own.
At 16, Amanda was hired as an ice cream scooper at Friendly’s restaurant near her hometown of Bayville, NJ. While still in high school, Amanda excelled in her Home Ec. classes where her teacher encouraged her to consider pursuing a career in culinary arts.
Amanda attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. in 2001. It was here that she was classically trained, but in 2003 was given an opportunity to work at Martell’s Waters Edge in Bayville, NJ and was mentored by her Chef. He really took the time to help develop her skill and cooking style. He allowed Amanda to experiment and explore her palate using seasonal, fresh, local ingredients, transforming them into simple flavorful yet artistic dishes.
After three years, Amanda set out to conquer such a male dominated field. Working in various restaurants, she gained the trust and respect from her Chefs, allowing her to push her way up through the ranks.
In 2007, at the young age of 24, Amanda moved to the Hudson Valley and began working in restaurants where the fresh local ingredients were in abundance. At 25, Amanda was given the chance to prove herself when she became the Executive Chef of a restaurant in Suffern, NY. It was here that Amanda really learned to push herself outside of her comfort zone and perfect the skill of being a leader.
Currently, aside from working as a Culinary Instructor, Amanda is diligently working to start her own business.
Amanda has also worked as a Personal Chef in Connecticut, Sous Chef in Manhattan, NY; Executive Chef in Poughkeepsie, NY (where she received her first 4 star review in the Poughkeepsie Journal in June of 2012).
Aside from her love of food, Amanda is also involved with using her “celebrity” for non-profit charities such as ‘Kick’n Bullying (werekickinit.org) and Reality Rally (realityrally.com) for Michelle’s Place (michellesplace.org), a breast cancer resource center for young adults.
There are more special guests to be announced, so check back often!