I lived in Yosemite National Park for five years and definitely participated in many Chefs’ Holidays there. I participated as a “helper” and as a chef who conducted cooking demonstrations and prepared dinners. They are incredible events held at The Ahwahnee hotel each year.
I will be getting down to Yosemite later this month to do some work with The Ahwahnee Executive Chef Percy Whatley. While I won’t be attending any of the Chefs’ Holidays events, it will bring me to memory lane. In a recent e-mail I was copied on by Chef Percy I was reminded of the specialness of these events.
It’s an honor to be surrounded by so many world class chefs during The Ahwahnee’s Chefs’ Holidays events. They perform their cooking demos right in the middle of the hotel’s Great Lounge, visiting us from some of the finest restaurants in the country ~ New York, Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, you name it. And the special bond we have is unparalleled. For a few short weeks each January, The Ahwahnee kitchen opens its doors to some of the most dynamic collaboration of culinary talent found anywhere, each of whom prepares one of the five courses served to guests attending the culminating Chefs’ Holidays gala dinners. These chefs work side by side with our Ahwahnee kitchen staff ~ it’s truly magical.
If you’re visiting Yosemite or just want to learn more about this event, that’s great news. This is the 25th year of Chefs’ Holidays. It will run from Jan. 10 to Feb. 4. It brings many of the best American chefs and culinarians together. People who visit get to enjoy tasting events, meet the chefs and a one-of-a-kind dinner at The Ahwahnee. It’s an event we chefs are very proud of.
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I’ll check in again once I’m done with my work with Chef Percy.
In Good Cooking Always,
Chef Roland Henin