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Cooking Demonstrations

Every hour throughout the weekend, between 11:00am and 5:00pm, a different chef from a local Italian restaurant is featured “live” on our Great Italian Chefs® Cooking Stage, located on the Fisher Terrace — the rooftop of the Fisher Pavilion. Each year we also host a nationally-known Celebrity Chef or sometimes two. During 2020 we solicited “virtual” cooking demos, from local chefs and celebrities alike, for you to enjoy at home, but for 2021 we’re working hard to line up some great chefs for our return to Seattle Center.

Presented by Isernio’s Sausage and Merlino Foods. Additional tour support provided by the Mediterranean Inn.

Previous Participants

Over the years we have had demos from chef’s representing such local restaurants as: Café Juanita, Tulio, il Fornaio, Il Terrazzo Carmine, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Serafina, Assaggio, and Mondello Ristorante. Some of their recipes can be found in our online Recipe Collection.

Nonna Romana’s Ricotta Cheesecake, from Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna

Zucchini Fritters, from Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna

Sicilian Stuffed Artichokes, from Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna

Chicken Scarpariello

Rigatoni with Sausage Sauce

Pasta Fazool

Sausage & Peppers

“Sunday Sauce” – Ragu Napolitano with Italian Sausage and Pasta

Margherita’s Orecchiette with Rapini & Hot Sausage Recipe

Giampaolo Falchetti from Basilico Ristorante (Olympia, WA)

Rick Ragan from Montalcino Ristorante Italiano (Issaquah, WA)

Il Chiaroscuro — Great Italian Aperitivo’s at Festa Italiana (Seattle)

Limonata Martini — Great Italian Aperitivo’s at Festa Italiana (Seattle)

Brad Inserra — Celebrity Chef at Festa Italiana (Seattle)

Marzia Caputo — Celebrity Chef at Festa Italiana (Seattle)