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

2020 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, March 28

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, as a contributor for various magazines and websites, and in her recent books Erin Bakes Cake and Procrastibaking: 100 Recipes for Getting Nothing Done in the Most Delicious Way Possible. Her passion for baking and cake decorating has attracted numerous followers online, to the tune of 68k+ 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. 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 enjoying the beautiful NH seacoast and lakes region with her husband and kids.

Dish: Cheesecake Stuffed Nutella Coffee Cake

Erin Bakes

12:45 – 1:30
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: TBA


2:45 – 3:30
Chef Calvin

Chef Calvin Karparis began his culinary career during his highschool years in Montpelier, Vermont. He joined the Shipyard company in 2011 at Federal Jack’s in Kennebunkport, ME. He worked alongside Maine Restaurant Association’s 2015 Chef of the Year award winner, Christopher Bassett, and Celebrated Food Network Chef, Shannon Bard, in 2016. Karparis was promoted to Sous Chef at David’s KPT by the end of 2016. Looking to expand his culinary skills, Karparis traveled to Europe and Australia, experiencing different cuisines and experimented with different culinary practices. Chef Calvin has spent 2019 back with the Shipyard Company at the new and evolving Sea Dog in Exeter, NH, taking on the position of Head Chef leading into 2020.

Dish: Gnocchi’s from scratch!

Seadog Brewing