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Join Chefs of the Meritage Collection Napa Valley as they team up with different comedians to bring you a Laugh Cellar original show, Cooking with Comedians! Participants gain culinary tips and tricks, as well as confidence to cook more at home; with plenty of laughs and tastes along the way. Plus, learn the latest trends and classics of food.
In the kitchen with Chef Bryan Gardner:
Comedian Gina Stahl-Haven
Gina Stahl-Haven is the 2nd Place Winner of the 2019 San Francisco International Comedy Competition (the first woman to place this high in 34 years and the only woman to place second other than Ellen Degeneres). Gina competed in the Boston Comedy Competition and has been featured at the Un-Scripted Theatre Company, SF Improv Festival, Hawaii Improv Festival and various sought-after comedy spots throughout the country. In July of 2022 Gina was a competitor on America's Got Talent!
First: Roasted Squash Salad – escarole, fresh pomegranate, goat cheese
Second: Sous vide Beef Tenderloin – cippolini risotto, braised and crispy kale, daube sauce
Third: Chocolate Bread Pudding – whipped crème fraiche
Chef Bryan Gardner: After studying English and History at the University of Southern Maine, Chef Bryan Gardner longed to fulfill his passion for food. He went on to study culinary arts at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. After graduating in 2005 he launched an impressive career working among some of Napa’s finest Michelin Star restaurants. He expanded his food horizons in 2008 and became the Executive Chef at the Relais & Châteaux property, Hotel de la Paix in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Bryan’s fondness for food began while he was growing up in New England; he was born into a family of foodies and raised on some of the finest seafood from the Coast of Maine.