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Thank you to the team at TASTE of the Seacoast for sponsoring our TASTE Meet the Chefs Cooking Series!

2019 TASTE Meet the Chefs

Join us for the annual TASTE Meet the Chefs Cooking Series! This is the your opportunity to watch a demonstration, learn more about our talented Seacoast area chefs, and of course taste their creations!

Saturday, April 6

The Meet the Chefs Cooking Studio is located in the Skybox Lounge on the Mezzanine Level- Enter via elevator
Presentations & times may vary.

11:45 – 12:30
Chef Erin Gardner

Erin Gardner is a baker, blogger, and cookbook author who shares approachable but innovative recipes and cake decorating techniques on her blog, Erin Bakes, in her recent book, Erin Bakes Cake, and as a contributor for American Cake Decorating Magazine and The Cake Blog. Her passion for baking and cake decorating has attracted numerous followers online, to the tune of 67k+ on Instagram and over 500,000 on Facebook. Erin also enjoys sharing the cakey love IRL as a frequent instructor at the Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School. She also previously filmed three online courses for Craftsy (now Bluprint) as well as contributed weekly to their baking blog for three years. Prior to writing and teaching Erin owned the award-winning Wild Orchid Baking Co., where both Brides Magazine and Martha Stewart Weddings named her one of the top cake makers in the country. She also competed and won an episode of Food Network’s Sweet Genius. In her early career, Erin worked as a pastry chef in a number of New England kitchens, most notably Boston’s legendary Locke Ober. When she’s not fiddling with cake and candy you can find Erin playing with her precocious two children and patient husband throughout the beautiful NH seacoast and lakes region.

Dish: Simple chocolate flowers and serving lemon cupcakes topped with raspberry buttercream

Erin Bakes

12:45 – 1:30
Chef Jonathan Cox

Executive Chef Jonathan Cox brings confidence and skill—and a spark of excitement—to the kitchen. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Cox resides at the Three Chimneys by way of the Reluctant Panther Inn and Kedron Valley Inn, both award-winning sister properties in Vermont. At the helm in Durham, he creates timeless yet relevant dishes, with contemporary style.

Dish: Coming soon!

Three Chimney’s Inn- ffrost Sawyer Tavern, 17 Newmarket Road, Durham NH

1:45 – 2:30
Chef Desmond Smith

Desmond “Dez” Smith has been all over the world. He traveled extensively with his parents when he was a kid, as his father worked for the United Nations. “He worked for the High Commissioner for Refugees and actually won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1981, which is pretty cool,” Smith says. “Everyone who worked for the Commissioner got it. I think it was about 134 employees. So on his wall he has a Nobel Peace Prize.”
Smith lived in Africa, Switzerland, and Thailand before moving back to the United States for high school, and then went to Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, majoring in History. Now, as Executive Chef at Epoch Restaurant at The Exeter Inn, aspects of his globetrotting background find a way into his food.

Dish:Coming soon!

Epoch Restaurant & Bar at The Exeter Inn, 90 Front Street, Exeter, NH 03833

2:45 – 3:30
Executive Chef Cory Lemieux

The Martingale Wharf is so fortunate to have Cory Lemieux as our Executive Chef. He joined our team in May of 2017, and that is when our food went from good to fantastic Cory is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, and had an internship working under famed Chef, Ming Tsai at the Blue Ginger. He fully embraces the advice given to him from Chef Ming Tsai which is “to always keep it simple.” In doing so, he celebrates the natural beauty and freshness of the food. Offering bright, incredibly fresh dishes, and although simple and approachable, he presents them in a way that catches the eye.

Cory has worked in kitchens from New Hampshire to California and back and has sommelier certification which nicely rounds out his qualifications.

Cory is the proud Dad of a little girl named Andi and when not in the kitchen at the Martingale Wharf, he is spending his spare time with his daughter. Cory is a self-professed “Amusement Park Nut.” So, whenever they can, they travel around New Hampshire and Maine, enjoying the culture and atmosphere of amusement parks, fairs and carnivals.

Dish: Coming Soon!

The Martingale Wharf Restaurant and Bar, 99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH

Sunday, April 7

The Meet the Chefs Cooking Studio is located in the Skybox Lounge on the Mezzanine Level- Enter via elevator
Presentations & times may vary.

11:45 – 12:30
Chef Erin Gardner

Erin Gardner is a baker, blogger, and cookbook author who shares approachable but innovative recipes and cake decorating techniques on her blog, Erin Bakes, in her recent book, Erin Bakes Cake, and as a contributor for American Cake Decorating Magazine and The Cake Blog. Her passion for baking and cake decorating has attracted numerous followers online, to the tune of 67k+ on Instagram and over 500,000 on Facebook. Erin also enjoys sharing the cakey love IRL as a frequent instructor at the Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School. She also previously filmed three online courses for Craftsy (now Bluprint) as well as contributed weekly to their baking blog for three years. Prior to writing and teaching Erin owned the award-winning Wild Orchid Baking Co., where both Brides Magazine and Martha Stewart Weddings named her one of the top cake makers in the country. She also competed and won an episode of Food Network’s Sweet Genius. In her early career, Erin worked as a pastry chef in a number of New England kitchens, most notably Boston’s legendary Locke Ober. When she’s not fiddling with cake and candy you can find Erin playing with her precocious two children and patient husband throughout the beautiful NH seacoast and lakes region.

Dish: Simple chocolate flowers and serving lemon cupcakes topped with raspberry buttercream

12:45 – 1:30
Chef Mark Segal

Mark Segal is the founder and majority partner and is a resident of Dover, NH. Mark has over 30 years in hospitality and has been a leader on the Seacoast since his arrival to the area in 2002. Mark grew up in a live theatre background. His father was a former Broadway producer and managed the Shubert and Mark Hellinger Theatres in NYC, as well as the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Baltimore before founding his own theatre (Oakdale) in Connecticut. It was in this environment that Mark began to develop his talents. After working in all aspects of the Theatre including stage production, marketing and advertising, ticket sales, and concessions, Mark ran the 250 seat restaurant on the Theatre grounds. He also co-founded Busters Bar-B-Que in Stamford, CT. in 1994 as the southern BBQ craze began to sweep into New England.

When the family sold the Theatre in the mid 1990s, Mark decided to make a career in the culinary world. He sold his interest in the BBQ restaurant and enrolled in the esteemed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. From there Mark honed his skills under such culinary luminaries as Lydia Shire, Susan Regis, Nancy Silverton, Joachim Splichal, and Octavio Bacerra from Boston to L.A. in some of America’s finest kitchens. Mark had always planned to move to the Seacoast, and in 2002 he opened Pesce Blue in Portsmouth, NH with decorated restuaranteur Joachim Sandbichler, formerly of the Royalton and Delano hotels as well as King Seafood Corporation. Pesce Blue received numerous accolades and was at the forefront of the fine dining revolution in Portsmouth. While with Pesce Blue Mark appeared as a featured chef at the prestigious James Beard Foundation in NYC. Mark joined the 100 Club in Portsmouth in 2004 and served as Executive Chef until 2014. He served as Executive Chef at Demeters Steakhouse before becoming the Corporate Chef for Tinios Hospitality in 2015.

Mark left the group in 2018 to pursue Gravy and is currently Managing Partner in La Casita on the Circle in Kittery, ME with Luis. Mark has been nominated on three occasions for Best Chef by Seacoast Spotlight Awards, served as local co-leader for Chefs Collaborative, served as a Board Member for Share Our Strength, been inducted into Best Chefs in America, served as a Board Member for same, was invited to the White House for the inception of the Michelle Obama Let’s Move program, and continues to be a leader in the Seacoast culinary community.

Dish: Coming Soon!

2:00 – 2:45
Chef Patrick Armstrong

Dish: Coming soon!

Seadog Brewing Company