EL PASO- For the second year in a row, Newschannel 9 is organizing the only big local event that features real chefs.
Let’s cook, El Paso is being held this weekend, featuring more chefs and a bigger venue.
“It's sort of like watching the food channel but like being there,” says Debra Hasting, general sales manager.
Some of the most well-known chefs in the Sun City are taking part in Let’s cook, El Paso, an event that gives everyone the chance learn from the best in the business.
“They're going to make the dishes right there and then you're going to sample it so it's a great way to taste some new food and see what the chefs are doing that's exciting,” says Debra.
Last year's event drew hundreds of people and this year classes are filling up fast.
Six chefs will be on hand for the event, including Chef David Dean, a culinary arts teacher at Americas High on the east side.
“I teach for a living so I thought, yeah this will be fun,” says Chef Dean.
Each chef brings a different flavor to the table.
“Let’s Cook, El Paso, I'm going to be doing some Latin American tapas and appetizers, some sweet and savory stuff. And we've made these dished in the class,” says Chef Dean.
At Let’s Cook, El Paso participants get the recipes once class starts and the chefs sprinkle in some of their special technique as they whip the food together.
“I can't say there's no magic in cooking because there is but most of it is repetition, repetition, repetition, so we know what we're doing. We've done it so many times,” says Chef Dean.
Some of the other chefs include Chef Diego Amigo from Coronado Country Club who'll show some dishes with a southwest flare.
Chef Rudy Valdez from Crave kitchen will show you some great breakfast foods as well as a Christmas breakfast and Chef Mark Spelman, from Helen of Troy will teach a class on festive Italian cooking.
“This year we're going to do things with a holiday flare. We've got some holiday recipes and surprises coming,” says Debra.
Also everyone who attends the event also gets to taste wine and beer as part of their entry fee.
“You can take a beerology class or you can take a wine class, a wine and cheese pairing so those are offered to anybody that comes in through the door,” says Debra.
And all of that will come in real handing with the holidays just weeks away.
“This is a great place to come and get an idea of something special to do for your Christmas dinner or your Thanksgiving dinner,” says Debra.
Let’s Cook, El Paso will be held at National Restaurant Supply in east El Paso. The address is 7125 Industrial Avenue. The event is this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. It costs $19 to get in and there are different price packages depending on how many classes you'd like to take. For more information on Let’s Cook, El Paso, visit www.letscookelpaso.com