Celebrity Chef Demos at the San Diego Jewish Food Festival

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The following celebrity chefs gave cooking demonstrations at the 2017 San Diego Jewish Food Festival.

Presentation Time Celebrity Chef
12:00 Noon Deborah Scott (bio)
1:00 PM Ron Oliver (bio)
2:00 PM Nicoletta Grippo (bio)
3:00 PM Noor Amiri (bio)

Deborah Scott, Executive Chef & Partner of Cohn Restaurant Group

Chef Deborah ScottAs one of San Diego's most renowned celebrity chefs, Deborah Scott is known for her diverse tastes and ability to create innovative dishes with an emphasis on presentation. She is the creative force behind such amazing culinary experiences as Kemo Sabe, Coasterra, Indigo Grill, C Level/Island Prime and Vintana restaurants. She was named "Chef of the Year" in 2012 by U-T San Diego and has been awarded with multiple accolades for "Best Chef in San Diego" by San Diego Magazine, 944 Magazine, San Diego Home & Garden Magazine and the California Restaurant Association. Chef Scott has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Sunset Magazine, Food & Wine Magazine and Nation's Restaurant News.

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Chef Nicoletta Grippo

Chef Nicoletta GrippoHere's your chance to meet Nicoletta Grippo, the hottest new celebrity in San Diego. Recently of New York City, Nicoletta will be bringing her own style as a celebrity chef to the San Diego Jewish Food Festival, with tastes of the Italian Jewish Community (oh yes, it's very MUCH a real thing!). She's an Executive Chef and Culinary Instructor specializing in Italian Cooking, Pastry, Gelato and Fine-Dining Cuisine, and she brings some VERY impressive credentials with her.

Nicoletta will be happy to speak with you about her studies in Bologna, Italy; being certified by the International Wine Center (NYC); or about her real passion...surfing.

And prepare to be impressed, because in addition to being well-traveled, active, and having a love of both cooking and fish, she's fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish. This may be your one chance to meet her one-on-one, so be sure to join us!

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Ron Oliver, Chef de Cuisine at The Marine Room

Chef Ron OliverChef Ron Oliver travels to far reaches of the world in search of culinary inspiration. But back in his home kitchen, he seeks out the finest local, natural, and fresh ingredients to star in his tasty creations. A tireless globetrotter from an early age, Ron's unique talent is to blend the exotic ingredients found on his travels into signature dishes that surprise and delight the palate.

His first cookbook, the celebrated Flying Pans, was named Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. The recipes within illustrate Chef Ron's fine balance between ethnic discovery and culinary sophistication. As Chef de Cuisine at the prestigious Marine Room in La Jolla, California, Ron has led his talented team to eight titles as Best Restaurant in San Diego.

Chef Ron is an avid supporter of locally grown, organic food products and sustainable agriculture. "A farmer can pick vegetables out of the ground in the morning, deliver them to our door in the afternoon, and they are on the table being shared and talked about that evening." Chef Ron's passion for food and cooking expands to support local schools and to help young people learn about food literacy by planting sustainable gardens. "I try to teach today's children that the earth will take care of us so long as we take care of it. That is a basic idea that is easy for them to engage."

Chef Ron believes that whether you cook at home or in a professional kitchen, the most important ingredient in any dish is your personal touch.

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Noor Amiri, Pamir Kabob House

Chef Noor AmiriNoor Amiri and his wife, Diba Amiri, have been serving the Californian community with the finest and freshest Afghan cuisine since 2005.

From succulent kabobs to our warm, flaky sambosas, they deliver a palatable fusion of exotic dishes. Their journey began in Poway in 2005, relocating to Temecula and then returning to Rancho Bernardo in May, 2016. Pamir Kabob House's divine food, attentive service, passionate, promising merchants and the success of the restaurant was more than I could have ever expected.

We are a family-friendly environment and our guests to experience both Afghanistan's rich culture and hospitality.

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