Epic Food Fight

Professional Chef Participants

Meet our professional chef constants for this year’s Epic Eats Celebration cooking event.


Chef Juan Rodriguez Overly  Chef Carol Ritchie Overlays

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Chef Carol Ritchie 

Chef Carol RitchieKitchen: GE Monogram

Featured Product: Pro Range with Grill & Griddle, Advantium Oven, Single French Door Oven and Tampered Hood

About Chef Carol Ritchie
Carol Ritchie, Traveling Cooking Instructor for 20 years and Host of cable TV cooking show Cookin’ with Carol-a 2001 James Beard Award Nominee for “Best Local Television Cooking Show.” Notable guests include Julia Child, Martin Yan and Jacques Pepin.

Carol is also a recipe developer, culinary consultant, and spokesperson, appearing on national television including CBS Chef of a Shoestring, PBS Healthweek, QVC Shopping Network, and Cooking Live! (Food Network). Carol is one of the recipe developers and volunteer spokesperson for the American Heart Association cookbooks. She specializes in classic technique, strategies for the quick-cook, Australian cuisine, and heart-healthy fundamentals.

Chef Juan Rodriguez

Kitchen: Thermador 

Featured Product: Steam Oven, Wall Oven, Warming Drawer, Range, Cooktop (Gas & Induction), and Island Vent Hood

About Chef Juan Rodriguez
Juan Rodriguez achieved his associate degree in culinary arts from The Art Institute of Dallas in 2001, and has rapidly grown to one of the finest chefs in North Texas.

Established in 2014, Juan and his wife Paige opened Magdalenas. His new catering venture, specializing in weddings and special events, brings a farm to market Mexican cuisine and many other flavors from his 16 years of culinary experience to his menu. Prior to Magdalena’s, he was employed with Reata Restaurant since March 2007, and was promoted to Executive Chef just two short years later. Juan’s culinary accomplishments include collaboration on the restaurant’s latest cookbook, Reata – Legendary Texas Cuisine, published in the fall of 2008. Juan was also named Modern Hispanic Gentlemen by Texas Monthly Magazine and Ketel One.

Before joining Reata, Juan worked alongside Chef Tim Love at the Lonesome Dove Bistro in Fort Worth and New York, where he participated as Sous Chef for Chef Tim on Iron Chef America.

Chef Krista Vance

Kitchen Vignette: Jenn-Air

Featured Product: Range, Single Oven, Warming Drawer, Cooktop, and Drop Door Microwave

About Chef Krista Vance

As a lifelong military dependent, Krista has had the opportunity not only to travel extensively but to live in many fascinating countries including Italy, Iceland, Germany and England. Living abroad was the perfect platform for her to try new food, shop in the local grocery stores and learn to prepare authentic cuisines from native friends. With each move, Krista learned reinvent herself and develop new skills.

In 2007, with her only child grown and the opportunity to explore her true passion, Krista left her position as a successful loan officer and enrolled in culinary school. Today, she is a Culinary Business Academy Graduate, Certified Professional Chef, Member of the American Personal & Private Chef Association and proud owner of Krista’s Culinary Creations. And with her team of associates, she continues exceed expectations.

Chef Sharon Sharp

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Featured Product: Convection Ovens

About Chef Shanon Sharp
Sharon Sharp is a freelance Foodstylist and recipe developer in Dallas, Texas since 1985. She received a degree in Home Economics and Food Science from Texas Woman’s University. Member of Texas Film Association. Her many Gold Advertising Awards for Foodstyling in Film and Photography make her a leading Foodstylist in Texas. Shanon is currently spending a lot of her valuable time in Bentonville, Arkansas working on Walmart / Sams Club and Tyson Foods.

Special Guests

Mark Klein

President of Maple Distributing
Friday/Saturday Featured Product: Perlick Beer Dispenser
Beer: Golden Opportunity from Peticolas Brewing Company, a local Dallas brewery

Laura Harriot

Coyote/Milestone Representative
Friday/Saturday Featured Product: Coyote Outdoor Grill

Stacey Buesing

Alfresco/Almo Representative
Friday/Saturday Featured Product: Alfresco Outdoor Grill