Join us in welcoming 14-year-old guest author Katie Smith with a review of the culinary demonstration given by super popular Chef Robert Irvine at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! I love hearing about the Food and Wine Festival from the perspective of one of our younger readers! Thanks, Katie!
On Thursday October 25, 2012, my family and I got to see Robert Irvine’s culinary demonstration at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
We had been to Cat Cora’s culinary demonstration earlier that month and thought we knew what to expect. Turns out, we had no idea. I am a huge fan of Robert Irvine, so I was really excited to watch him cook and eat his food!
To start out, there was a representative from Hannah Winery & Vineyards from Sonoma County, California. The wine was a Hanna Chardonnay.
Then Robert was introduced and proceeded to tell everyone to stand up, put their cameras down, their hands in the air and to go wild. It was a good way to warm up the crowd.
Then, he started cooking the dish, which was a Seared Scallop, Polenta, and Demi-glace. He was very big on audience participation and had an audience helper on stage almost the whole time.
The scallop was cooked perfectly, the polenta was creamy and delicious, and the demi-glace tied it all together perfectly.
After everyone got to try the dish, he invited some people (including myself) to the stage so we could taste the difference between olive and grape seed oil.
He told us that grape seed oil was better for you, and is virtually tasteless — so it is better for cooking when you need oil but don’t want to taste it.
Overall, this cooking demo was worth the money. Robert was entertaining and fun to watch, the food was awesome, and I can’t wait to try the recipe for myself!
Here is the recipe if you want to do the same (signed by Chef Irvine, of course!).
Is this a recipe that you would try at home? Let us know in the comments below.
Katie Smith is a 14 year old home-school student from Indiantown, Florida. She is a huge Disney fan and luckily lives only two and a half hours away from Walt Disney World. As a huge foodie, Disney and food are a perfect combination for her!