I'm so excited about this year's event! This will be my fourth year to host the biggest party of the fall, the one you do not want to miss, the most fun you can have with food and friends.... THE HANGOUT OYSTER COOKOFF AND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL 2015!
Some of my good friends are coming back this year... Chefs like Ippy Aiona and Michele Ragussis from my season of Food Network Star will be there. My buddy and inspiration, Chef Jason Roberts from No Kid Hungry, The Rachael Ray Show, and The Chew will be there. And this year, we're bringing in some new folks from Food Network: Chef Anne Burrell from Next Iron Chef and Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and Chef Marc Murphy from Chopped.
In addition, we have a slew of James Beard winners, finalists, semi-finalists in the lineup like Best Chef South winner Chef Ryan Prewitt of Peche, New Orleans and Best Chef South winner Alon Shaya from John Besh's Dominica and now his own place called Shaya in New Orleans.
Two of my great Alabama chef friends will be there this year: Chef Wesley True from Ford Fry's The Optimist in Atlanta and this year's Top Chef cast is coming. Great American Seafood Cookoff winner Chef Jim Smith will also be there with us.