Chef Line-Up

Keeping it Austin Weird – All recipes are locally inspired! 

CHEF CONTESTANTS

Chef CampbellChef Lori • Chef VanceChef Wards


chef scotty campbell milestone
Chef Scotty Campbell
Sponsor: Milestone Distributors
Featured Product: Coyote Outdoor Grill

Friday Menu: TBD

About Chef Scotty Campbell
Passion is the word that comes to mind when enjoying a meal prepared by Scotty Campbell, Chef de la Vie. He is passionate for an art form whose medium is the natural bounty of this earth… passionate for a profession that inspires the limitless joy of creation. Passionate for a life that is celebrated every day in the purest way!

Chef Scotty started his search for the culinary passion in the kitchens of Houston’s best restaurants. He then found a comfortable stride in the catering industry, and went in search of more than one interpretation by traveling, cooking in 168 castles, villas and private islands around the world, each on offering it’s own unique cultural and culinary perspective.

Once around the world, Scotty then reached for the “stars” as the Executive Chef for Clean Channel Entertainment. Scotty continues to receive rave reviews from many celebrities he was the private chef for such as Beyonce Knowles, Jewel, Robin Williams, Price, Sir Elton John, Billy Joel, Steven Tyler, Ron Howard, the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, Britney Spears, Luciano Pavarotti, Walter Cronkite, Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Joe Cocker, Toby Keith & Rolling Stones to name just a few.

Chef Scotty is currently sharing his passion for cooking and living life to the fullest as the Corporate Executive Chef of Milestone Distributors. Currently, Chef Scotty is working on his first book, a culinary lifestyle guide to those who are challenged with diabetes or cardiovascular disease, as well as a television program showcasing his exuberant style of cooking, highlighting his insightful approach to stress-free entertaining and his fervent passion to bring us all “back to the table” and to celebrate life… one bite at a time!



Chef Lori Smitherman
Sponsor: GE Monogram
Featured Product: Advantium Oven

Friday Menu: Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Reduction Topped with Cherry Tomato-Basil Salsa, Bread Pudding with Salsa
Saturday Menu: Grilled Chicken & Veggie Lasagna with Crunchy Panko-Pistachio Topping, Cookies with Salted Carmel Pistachios

About Chef Lori Smitherman
Lori is a a pastry chef that loves to create delicious baked goods.

In her spare time she loves to garden, entertain friends and travel.  Her earliest and fondest memories of baking, where watching her mom in their kitchen at home.  She has been married for 33 years and has three children.

Chef Lori is currently working as an Executive Chef with Krista’s Culinary Creations.


Chef Krista Vance
Chef Krista Vance
Sponsor: Jenn-Air
Featured Product: Jenn-Air Double Oven & Gas Cooktop

Friday Menu: Viva Fiesta Pizzas
Saturday Menu: Grilled Chicken, Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Pistachios, Chocolate-Pistachio Bacon Brittle

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-Michael_WardsChef Michael Wards
Sponsor: BSH Appliances
Friday Featured Product: Bosch Benchmark ovens
Saturday Featured Product: Thermador Steam Oven & Freedom Induction Cooktop

Friday Menu: Corn Salsa, Spicy Mango Salsa, Candied Jalapeno-Strawberry Salsa
Saturday Menu: Pistachio-Potato Mousse, Pistachio Gremolata, Pistachio & Romanesco Soup, Pistachio Tuille Cookies

About Chef Michael Wards
Founder, Executive Chef, and Owner of The Austin Artisan (formerly SC3 Catering), Michael didn’t find his way to the kitchen by traditional means.

Nearly a decade into a lucrative career in corporate America, Michael was tired, burnt out, and completely unfulfilled. After some soul searching, he took the leap and began to chase his dream of becoming a chef. Upon leaving his corporate job, Michael immediately ran down and enrolled into Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin and has never looked back.

Michael spent quality time in the kitchen of Austin greats, such as Second Bar and Kitchen/Congress, The Driskill Hotel, and 2Dine4 Catering, before deciding it was time to do food his way. He lives his passion by sharing a piece of his personal story with every dish he serves. His love for outstanding food, genuine hospitality, and culinary entertainment is the heartbeat of The Austin Artisan.


Special Guests


Raymond Cardona, Manufacturer Representative
Sponsor: Whirlpool Corporation
Featured Product: Whirlpool Ovens


Bob Harris, Manufacturer Representative
Sponsor: DCS Appliances
Featured Products: DCS Outdoor Grill

Menu: TBD


Joshua McAlexander, Manufacturer Representative
Sponsor: Dacor
Featured Products: Wine Station, Discovery IQ Wall Oven

Menu: TBD


JT Pattillo, Manufacturer Representative
Sponsor: Almo Corp
Featured Product: Alfresco Outdoor Pizza Oven

Menu: TBD


Amy Kerr, Manufacturer Representative
Sponsor: SubZero/ Wolf
Featured Product: Wolf Countertop Blender

Menu: Salsa Bar – Green & Red Salsa, Charred Grape Salsa & Strawberry Salsa


Brewmaster Charlie Young
Sponsor: Perlick Refrigeration
Featured Product: Beer Dispensers

Menu: Amber Bock 8% ABV & Summer Kolsch 5.5% — Home Brews


Peter Stintzi, Manufacturer Representative
Sponsor: Big Green Egg
Featured Product: MiniMax Egg & Blaze 3

Menu: Burgers, Ribs & Jalapeno Poppers

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