Chicago housewares show reveals celebrity chef line-up for cooking theatre

Six US celebrity chefs are returning to the Cooking Theater at the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show, which will be held from Saturday March 18 to Tuesday March 21 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Over the four days, a total of 25 national and local celebrity chefs will demonstrate their culinary talents, using products that can be found throughout the show.

The Cooking Theater is located in the Dine + Décor Expo in the South Building. It is jointly sponsored by housewares suppliers KitchenAid, Oneida, Wilton and WellnessMats.

Rick Bayless, Paula Deen, Lorena Garcia, Stephanie Izard, Ming Tsai and Fabio Viviani will be in action. Also appearing will be YouTube personality Rosanna Pansino.

Rick Bayless is best known for winning the title of Bravo’s ‘Top Chef Masters’.

Paula Deen, billed as ‘the Queen of Southern Cuisine’, is the author of 14 cookbooks that have sold more than 11 million copies. In October she launched her first nationally syndicated cooking and lifestyle show, ‘Positively Paula’.

Lorena Garcia is a Venezuelan-born restaurateur, TV personality, TV producer, philanthropist and published author, well-known for several TV series, a successful chain of restaurants and cookbooks. She has taken her love of cooking to the next level by creating the ‘Lorena Bella Kitchen Collection’ for HSN.

Stephanie Izard was the first woman to win Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ She is the owner of three Chicago restaurants.

Ming Tsai is an award-winning chef who won an Emmy Award for his TV show ‘Simply Ming’, and is the author of five cookbooks. Fabio Viviani, best known for his television debut on Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’, owns 15 restaurants across the country and is the author of three cookbooks.

Finally, Rosanna Pansino is a producer, actress, baker, YouTube personality and New York Times best-selling author. She is the founder and face of the Nerdy Nummies (a ‘Geeky Cooking Show’) franchise, which has over 7.3 million subscribers and 1.7 billion views on YouTube.

The 2017 International Home + Housewares Show will feature more than 2,200 exhibitors and is expected to attract 62,000 attendees. To register for a show badge or for more information, please visit


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