Food Lion Kitchen Stage
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satisfaction guarantee. Join Food Lion’s Chefs at the Food Lion Kitchen Stage as they prepare recipes using the freshest ingredients and products from the Food Lion Family of Brands. During the Food Lion Face Off Challenge watch teams put their Food Lion knowledge to the test in head-to-head trivia. Contestants will be selected from the audience and the winner will take home a $25 Food Lion Gift Card. New this year is the Shop and Earn prize vault. Audience members will be selected randomly throughout the weekend to jump in and catch Shop and Earn rewards that will be loaded to their rewards balance on foodlion.com! Take a memorable photo and find out how to receive a Free Item in store through the MVP Savings Center (while supplies last)! It’s all at the Southern Women’s Show.
CHEF LISA BROOKS
Lisa has been in the kitchen since she was a little girl. She grew up cooking typical southern foods at her mother’s side. Cooking has always been a passion of hers, and feels that being a chef was her true calling in life. Lisa is a Certified Culinarian by the American Culinary Federation and has earned an Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts from Central Piedmont Community College. She and her husband, Ken, own and cook beside six other chefs at her personal chef service in Charlotte, NC. Her specialties include southern American, Cajun/Creole, Caribbean and Vegetarian cooking. She won the Moore & Van Allen MVA Bowl Cooking Competition in 2012 and recently appeared on Guy's Grocery Games on The Food Network.
CHEF MONICA SMITH
Chef Monica Smith is a native of Gastonia, NC and proud mother of three kids. She is a charismatic TV/Stage personality who knows how to engage her audience when talking about all things food. Chef Monica’s #Eat2Livelonger Campaign inspires families to gather at the kitchen table to eat meals that are more farm-to-fork based, and create a healthy eating sustainable lifestyle. Chef’s inspires others with her personal mission and quote; “join me in bringing families back to the table”.
Chef can be seen in the Charlotte, NC Region on WBTV-CHARLOTTE/BounceTV, FOX 46 Charlotte and WCNC-NBC TV Charlotte Today Show. She has been a Chef Competitor on Food Network Show Guy’s Grocery Games, Cutthroat Kitchen and a guest on Chef Jeff Henderson’s Flip My Food. Chef Monica entertains her guests on local and national cooking stages throughout the year. She host a number of cooking classes for youth, hospice survivors, and families of all backgrounds. Chef Monica is an advocate for Suicide Prevention, and the Battered Women’s Shelter in Gastonia; a major resource for protecting women and children of Domestic Violence.
CHEF JULIAN GRAJALES
Julian has been a professional chef for 15 years including stints at several 5-star resorts. Julian's passion for exquisite cuisine and fitness led him to create a combined personal chef and personal training service, Studio F
, located in Charlotte, NC.
CHEF ORCHID PAULMEIER
Executive Chef Orchid Paulmeier runs her kitchen like she runs her life – surrounded by family, friends and feel-good food. Orchid knows what it takes to prepare and deliver food that people want. When she was eight years old, her grandmother moved from the Philippines to live with her family in Orlando Park, Illinois. With her grandmother’s move, came an awakening of Orchid’s culinary senses. Strapped with a taste for exotic, worldly flavors, and the kind of cooking prowess that only life can teach you, Orchid opened One Hot Mama’s in 2003; her American dream now became a reality.
Orchid know runs two award-winning restaurant. She has honed her skills over time to prepare meals and catering platters that deliver on taste, nutrition and quality. Her culinary instincts landed her a spot in the finals of the seventh season of Food Network Star. Furthermore, Orchid’s passion and dedication to only serve the highest quality food has resulted in her also recently becoming one of four 2016 SC Chef Ambassadors.