Who is a Celebrity Chef?

hire-jamie-oliverHow do I go About Hiring, Booking, finding, contacting or determining Who Represents A Celebrity Chef Like Jamie Oliver?

The confusion of it all, or so it would seem!  When you need a Google or Bing search the most to help you unfortunately you are lead to site after site that looks like Celebrity Chef Alphabet soup!  You’re feeling a little burnt like a piece of skirt steak on the BBQ just a few minutes too long?  You are not alone.  You pull up an “expert” that has Hire or Book Mario Batali right next to Find A Hall of Fame Baseball Player?  That would make me concerned.  When you want to Hire or Book A Celebrity Chef you really need an Expert in the field of Celebrity Chefs.  We have heard horror stories.

Remember just because a company bought a Google Ad word or long tail lead such as “Book Guy Fieri for a cooking demonstration”, doesn’t automatically qualify the person on the other end of the phone or e mail exchange as an expert in anything other than Google SEO marketing!  There are many companies in India that produce results but no Celebrity Chefs!  You need to ask the hard questions and feel comfortable that you know the three (3) staples of Celebrity Chef Corporate Consulting:

  • What do they do?
  • Who is doing the work and what do they know?
  • How and what do they get paid?

Find these things up front and ask for an Agency of Record agreement so they have responsibility to you.  Additionally, ask if they “flip” contracts!  That is how agencies hide their fee.  It’s simple.  They have a contract with you but they are signing for the Celebrity Chef.  Than they do the same with the Celebrity Chef where they sign on behalf of your company or client.  So who is it??  Are they representing the company or the Celebrity Chef?  You can’t do both!  It’s a conflict of interest!  Oldest trick in the book!  One contract with the Celebrity chef and a separate contract with the agency securing the Celebrity Chef so you know how much this transaction is for and the entire commission that is being paid.

When you are trying to find celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, Michael Symon, Anthony Bourdain, Rick Bayless, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay or any of the hundreds of elite chefs, just expect a hefty fee but they are worth it because they are magic with a crowd.  We see it over and over again when you hire, book or contract with one of these Iron Chefs, Food Network Chefs, Bravo, Travel Channel or PBS TV stars, you get what you want as Emeril says, Bam!!

Don’t be intimidated by the process or the fee because Celebrity Chef Network makes it easy, within budget and always transparent.  That is our guarantee.  No hidden fees, switched contracts or double dipping.  Know who you are working with and their relationship to the celebrity chef market.   The attention to detail is so important when you are hiring or booking a celebrity chef such as Art Smith who worked with Oprah or Darren McGrady the Royal Chef that worked with Prince William and Prince Harry, or William Scheib who was the White House Chef.

Celebrity Chef Network has booked hundreds of Celebrity Chefs for cooking demos or demonstrations, endorsements, pharmaceutical campaigns focused on Celebrity Chefs with medical conditions or diseases, PR programs, licensing opportunities, multi-cultural projects, cookbook signings, trade shows, industry events, special dinners for C level executives and their spouses, corporate events, speaking engagements, women’s’ shows, bridal events, intimate events at many of the celebrity chef’s restaurants.

Celebrity Chef Network has hundreds of chefs in its proprietary database that it can share with you.  So if your event calls for hiring or booking the Southern Belle Paula Dean or her son’s Jamie or Bobbie or Iron Chef Morimoto or iconic chef Todd English or maybe a Cajun bash with John Besh or a cooking contest with Robert Irvine or the most elegant event with Gordon Ramsey or maybe you desire a judge from Chopped on Food Network like Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, Aaron Sanchez, Geoffrey Zakarian or maybe the great chef Scott Conant but don’t forget we can do a Cinco de Mayo event with celebrity chefs Lorena Garcia or Michelle Bernstein or maybe a wine pairing in Seattle or San Francisco with Tom Colicchio, we will make sure that your expectations are met and your guests walk away happy!

Celebrity Chef Network has a combined 15 years of experience booking Celebrity Chefs and making you and/or your clients the focus of our efforts.  We will allocate a senior management team to address your needs, lock in the date and help you design an event that executes so tight you feel like you did it yourself.  Let us provide you our corporate consulting experience and handle every detail!  When your feet are on the fire and need to book or hire a Celebrity Chef in a hurry, we will elevate your opportunity to Code Red!  We will be on the phone with you in 5 MINUTES or sooner.  Just try us, you will see.  Our goal is to build a long term relationship with you so you never have to leave it to the Gods of the search engines again to find your Celebrity Chef!

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Where are all the Celebrity Chefs Going to Be In May 2013?

In one of the largest gathering of Celebrity Chefs in America May 18-21, 2013 in Chicago at the 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.  This event for the hospitality industry will take place at the McCormick Place in Chicago.  With over 15 of the world’s greatest Celebrity Chefs, the NRA show has hired and booked the best of the best from TV network Celebrity Chefs from Bravo, Food Network and PBS.

It’s not always easy to book or hire these Celebrity chefs because of their extensive travel and shoot schedules but the NRA has outdone themselves again.  The celebrity chefs will give cooking demonstrations as part of their commitment to the NRA.  The Celebrity Chefs were hired or booked to meet and greet customers, perform culinary masterpieces in the World Culinary Showcase which is a stunning theater which was created to highlight the Celebrity Chef’s mastery in front of throngs of people live.   The Celebrity Chefs will show off their knife skills, mastery of trending menu options, how to locally source foods to utilize in their restaurants, molecular gastronomy, gluten free alternatives, menu options that are high profit and the type of creative cooking that have made these Celebrity chefs wildly famous to audiences all over the country!

The line-up of celebrity chefs that NRA has hired or booked is incredible, including such TV stars as:

Rick Bayless who is the winner of Top Chef Masters!  This master celebrity chef is a James Beard Foundation award winner and has written many NY Times best sellers.

Maneet Chauhan is a Food Network’s Chopped star who judges with a keen eye and loves young chef’s creativity.  Celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan is opening a new restaurant in Nashville has also been an Iron Chef of America which had had iconic celebrity chefs such as Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, Jose Garces, Geoffrey Zakarian and many others.

Anne Burrell, a Food Network Superstar who has her own show Chef Wanted, has been a sous chef for Iron Chef Master, Mario Batali, and works with Iron Chef America Bobby Flay on Worst Chefs in America.  A NY Times bestselling author, Anne Burrell is a rock star in the culinary world.

Cat Cora who has led the charge for women to be recognized as elite chefs in America with Iron Chef’s Mario Batali, Bobby Flay and many others.  Cat Cora was the first women to be inducted into the American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame.

Marcus Samuelsson the internationally recognized chef and restaurateur, NY Times bestselling author and judge of Food Network’s Chopped franchise, Chef Marcus Samuelsson is everywhere!  Red Rooster Harlem is an acclaimed restaurant with a culinary menu as diverse as the people who patronize it.

Marc Murphy Owner of Benchmarc in NY has built an empire of restaurants.  As a judge on Food Network’s Chopped, competed on Iron Chef America, Unique Eats and the Best Thing I have Ever Made, Marc Murphy is becoming an iconic Celebrity Chef and TV star.

Aaron Sanchez tutored at the knee of iconic chef Paul Prudhomme in New Orleans.  Celebrity Chef Aaron Sanchez now is not just an executive chef he is also a restaurateur opening such iconic hot spots as Tacombi and Crossroads at the House of Blues.

These iconic celebrity chefs and others have been hired or booked by the NRA for cooking demonstrations, book signings, meet and greets, and PR campaigns.

Cooking demonstrations, endorsements, personal appearances, PR campaigns, speaking engagements, hire, book, we represent, contact, find celebrities, chefs and agents . If you want to find the representation, PR firm, marketing company, corporate consulting, speaking agent, to book or hire, Celebrity Chef Network is the agency of corporate consulting for your program. Our booking agents are the best in the business for consulting companies, agencies and universities in finding fees, availability and interest for celebrity chefs for any type of event, appearance, speaking engagement, endorsement, corporate event, motivational speech, PR campaigns, etc. Call Celebrity Chef Network at 888.864.4734 or email booking@celebritychefnetwork.com.  Our booking agents are here to help you hire your Celebrity Chef now.

4th Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Hires Some of the Best Celebrity Chefs

pebble-beach-food-wineThe toney Gala has hired some of the best celebrity chefs names from Food Network, Bravo, PBS and others to attend this year’s event.  Scheduled for April 28-May 1, 2013, The Pebble Beach Food & Wine is one of the top events on the Foodie and Epicurean schedule year after year.  2013’s event will not disappoint that is for sure.  The premier West coast Food & Wine event that draws throngs of guests from all over the World to the luxurious Pebble Beach.

With the Event hiring or booking over 70 of the best Celebrity Chefs in the world and 250 award winning wineries, world-class winemakers will converge on Pebble Beach for this event.  The Celebrity Chefs have been hired to do cooking demonstrations, book signings, meet & greets, food tastings, wine pairings, selling cookbooks, provide culinary advice and q&a’s for those lucky attendees.   The line-up of TV star Celebrity Chefs that have been booked for the 2013 Pebble Beach Food & Wine will include:

Iron Chef Morimoto, Tom Colicchio, Jonathan Waxman, Michael Symon, Ming Tsai, Guy Fieri, Dean Fearing, Jacques Pepin, Tyler Florence, Gary Danko, Charlie Trotter, Michael Chiarello, David Myers and many others including many other local chefs who have been booked to interact with guests and provide a once in a lifetime culinary experience at the 2013 Pebble Beach Food & Wine.

Some of the exciting next events within the Pebble Beach Food and Wine will be:

Tom Colicchio Tribute for 10 years of his restaurant Craft.  The award winning eatery has been lauded as one of the best West Coast restaurants by numerous Food magazines.  The Bravo Top Chef star will have a video tribute buy iconic chefs:   Tyler Florence, Anthony Bourdain, Gail Simmons, Jonathan Waxman, Daniel Boulud, Geoffrey Zakarian and many others paying homage to the great Tom Colicchio!

Lexus goes big!  Through a partnership with Champagne maker Krug, a once in a lifetime meal will be prepared as the Krug flows from Icons Michael Symon, Iron Chef Morimoto, Michael Chiarello and Dean Fearing!  DJ’s will spin records and the guest will get down with these iconic Celebrity Chefs.

Party down with Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Guy Fieri at a never before held interactive eating and cooking event where you don’t just sit at a table and listen to the Celebrity Chef, you are interactive with him.  Guy Fieri is dynamic, energetic and one of the best at working a room!!  We can see why the Pebble Beach Food + Wine hired Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Guy Fieri for this one on one experience.  What an opportunity for the celebrity chef to show his cooking chops through this interactive cooking demonstration but also his passion for food and fans!

If this isn’t enough to get you off your couch and on your G-5, come be part of the Celebrity Chef Golf Tournament with Iron Chefs Morimoto + Michael Symon, icons Ming Tsai and Tyler Florence.  Oh and if the celebrity buzz isn’t enough to get you through 18 holes on one of the most stunning golf courses in the world, how about Champagne and Lobster rolls courtesy of Iron Chef Morimoto to get your mojo going!  FORE!!!

Peeble Beach Food + Wine, can you say Table for 4 or what?   Celebrity Chefs doing their thing like only they can.  Iconic chefs booked to do cooking demonstrations, autograph and book signings, meet & greets, culinary discussions not like a trade show appearance but one on one sessions with the Kings of the Kitchen!

Cooking demonstrations, endorsements, personal appearances, PR campaigns, speaking engagements, hire, book, we represent, contact, find celebrities, chefs and agents. If you want to find the representation, PR firm, marketing company, corporate consulting, speaking agent, to book or hire, Celebrity Chef Network is the agency of corporate consulting for your program. Our booking agents are the best in the business for consulting companies, agencies and universities in finding fees, availability and interest for celebrity chefs for any type of event, appearance, speaking engagement, endorsement, corporate event, motivational speech, PR campaigns, etc. Call Celebrity Chef Network at 888.864.4734 or email booking@celebritychefnetwork.com. Our booking agents are here to help you hire your Celebrity Chef now.

Celebrity Chef Speaks Out On Hunger In America

Tom Colicchio, “Top Chef” star and Celebrity Chef, has taken a stance to end hunger in America as the executive producer of the documentary “Place at the Table”. This documentary debuted on March 1, 2013 and follows the life of three Americans living in hunger. There are 17 million children that qualify as food insecure in America, meaning they are unsure where their next meal will come from.

Colicchio’s stance on the subject shows the versatility of Celebrity Chefs. On-screen actors and musicians are constantly using their celebrity to advance meaningful causes in America and beyond. Celebrity Chefs have the opportunity to do the same. Other celebrity chefs that have taken a stance against hunger in America include Sandre Lee, Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri.

The Celebrity Chef industry is growing and with their increasing fame they are able to partake in not only product endorsements and television shows but also non-profit and charitable causes such as this.

To book or hire a Celebrity Chef for appearances, cooking demonstrations, blogger events, grand openings, marketing campaigns, infomercials, endorsements/spokesperson and more, contact the experts at Celebrity Chef Network by calling 888.864.4734, email booking@celebritychefnetwork.com, or submit your inquiry through our Celebrity Chef Booking Form. Our booking agents are here to help you hire your Celebrity Chef now. If you want to find the public relations firm, speaking agent, representation, marketing company, corporate consulting, to book or hire a Celebrity Chef, Celebrity Chef Network booking agents are the best in the business for consulting companies, agencies and universities in finding fees, availability and interest for celebrity chefs like Tom Colicchio, Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri or Sandre Lee.

Cat Cora Teams Up with Cooking.com for Online Cookware Store

Learn more about Cat Cora and recent announcement that she is rolling out a kitchenware outlet online with the help of Cooking.com. Hire a Celebrity Chef for a Celebrity Endorsements to target food lovers and amateur gourmets for branding and appearances.

Adding to the world of online cookware sales, Cat Cora has joined the ring; Cora announced her partnership with Cooking.com to offer an online store selling cookware and kitchenware. The Celebrity Chef produces Starfrit, her initial line of cookware announced in 2011 as well as Cat Cora’s Kitchen, a line of Greek products such as olive and vinegar sauces. The new site offers cookware such as cutlery, kitchenware and storage tools.

Cat Cora is a key proponent of promoting healthy eating habits, which she has prioritized by promoting healthy Mediterranean recipes. She hopes that this new line of kitchenware will allow families to eat healthy while being able to cook and still eat healthily. Cooking.com is focused on providing innovative cooking solutions for online shoppers and currently works with the Food Network, Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, and other stores for many a Celebrity Chef currently offers close to 60,000 products for chefs.

Cat Cora burst onto the scene in 2005 as the only female to win Iron Chef America on the Food Network. Since then she has released three well-received cookbooks, written one children’s book, opened three restaurants across the country and even released a line of wines. In addition to this dizzying list of accomplishments, she has signed on to be the host of a new Bravo show titled 80 Plates Around The World. She supplements these activities by working with a charity she started named Chefs for Humanity as well as UNICEF and also submits recipes and articles for the Oprah Magazine.

If you are a PR agency, company or brand looking to explore Celebrity Endorsements, utilize the insight and wisdom of a Celebrity Chef Cat Cora in branding and promotion. To explore Celebrity Endorsements with a Celebrity Chef, visit www.celebritychefnetwork.com and fill out our Celebrity Chef Booking form.

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