The 27th American Wine and Food Festival is Back, October 3rd

The big one is back for the 27th time. Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff’s American Wine and Food Festival, we dare say the city’s grandest food event, will take place October 3rd on the Universal Studios Backlot. The evening throws together an A-team of world chefs to dole out tastings of whatever makes them proudest, and for $300, you can linger all night by their side (you can even sponsor a chef for $2,500). Nearly 90 wineries will be pouring and over 50 chefs will cook, ranging from Thomas Keller showing off Bouchon’s L.A. Debut, and masters like Nobu Matsuhisa and Joachim Splichal joining newcomers like Ilan Hall and Octavio Becerra of Palate Food + Wine. Unlike many other tasting events, the chef that is promised is the chef who actually shows up, not their employees. Here is the talent roster of chefs we are told will be there this year:

American Wine and Food Festival
October 3rd, 2009

Guest Chefs

Gino Angelini: Minestraio Trattoria

Paul Bartolotta: Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare

Octavio Becerra: Palate Food + Wine

Matt Bencivenga, Yoshi Kojima, Scott Drewno, Ben Hong, and Sara Johannes: Red Seven, Source, Jai , and Five Sixty

Sam Choy: Sam Choy’s

Tom Colicchio: Craft Restaurants

John Cuevas: Montage Beverly Hills

Robert del Grande: Café Annie

Traci Des Jardins: Manzanita Lake Tahoe

Mark Djozlija, Aram Mardigian, John Lechleidner, Dustin Lewandowski: WP Bar and Grill

Lissa Doumani, Hiro Sone: Terra, St. Helena, and AME

Mark Ferguson: Spago Bachelor Gulch

Larry Forgione: An American Place

Mark Gaier: Clark Frasier Arrows

Ilan Hall: The Gorbals

Kerry Heffernan: South Gate

Lee Hefter, Thomas Boyce: Spago Beverly Hills

Thomas Keller: Bouchon

Cameron Lewark: Spago Maui

Walter Manzke: Church and State

Rene Mata: Chinois on Main

Nobu Matsuhisa: Nobu L.A. and Matsuhisa

Mark Miller: Coyote Café

Drew Nieporent, Stephan Lewandowski : Tribecca Grill

Ken Oringer: Clio

Frank Ostini: The Hitching Post

Mark Peel: Campanile

Charles Phan: Slanted Door

Stephan Pyles: Stephan Pyles

Richard Reddington: Redd

David Robins, Eric Klein Spago Las Vegas

Ari Rosenson, Matt Hurley: Cut

Richard Sandoval: Ketsi Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita

Jimmy Schmidt: Rattlesnake

Piero Selvaggio, Tommaso Tarantino, Luciano Pellegrini, Nicola Chessa: Valentino

Julian Serrano: Picasso

Lydia Shire, Mario Capone, Simon Restrepo: Scampo

Nancy Silverton: Mozza

Joachim Splichal: Patina

Cal Stamenov: Marinus Restaurant at Bernadus Lodge

Roger Stettler: Four Seasons Maui

Alex Startta: Alex

Laurent Tourondel: BLT

Yuji Wakiya: Wakiya Ichiemicharo Tokyo

David Walzog: SW Steakhouse, Wynn Las Vegas

Jonathan Waxman: Barbuto

Alan Wong: Alan Wong’s


Francois Payard: Payard New York

Sherry Yard: Spago

The 27th American Wine and Food Festival is Back, October 3rd