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I Got To Meet Robin Miller From Food Network!

What a fun Saturday my husband and I had! We had a babysitter and spent the afternoon at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, eating, eating and eating.

One of the many perks of recipe contesting has been the great people we’ve met along the way. Back in 2006 I met some of the Tillamook Cheese reps at a mac and cheese cook-off I participated in and they are seriously some of the nicest people around. I got an email a few weeks ago from them, asking if I wanted some tickets to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival this weekend. You bet I accepted!

We got hooked up with some sweet tickets to a “special” event called Cooks and Corks, which would have cost us $75 each (Thanks Tillamook!). We handed some guy our tickets, he handed us a plate and let us run wild. There were people everywhere, but we were able to make our way around to each and every booth where restaurants sampled parts of their menu. Talk about yummy! We ate so much today it was ridiculous! Artisan Breads and cheeses, fancy bruscetta, shredded pork tacos, beet salad with goat cheese and tangerine dressing, Tillamook mac and cheese and chocolate bread pudding are just to name a few. We were total gluttens. By the time we left, I was about to bust.

The highlight for me was the celebrity chef cooking demonstrations. On the line up was Robin Miller from Food Network, who I was so excited to get to meet. She was so cute and funny. I love her show, Quick Fix Meals, totally my style of cooking. My husband bought me her new cookbook, she signed it and got a picture with her too. My husband asked me, “Why are you so star struck?” I just laughed, it’s fun to see people that you watch on tv. I get excited. As we were in line for Robin, I told my husband, “Please don’t embarrass me.” So, what does he do, as we were walking away, he hands Robin a slip of paper with my blog address on it and proceeded to tell her to check it out! Oh my gosh I could have killed him. It was totally inappropriate. Thank goodness I walked away quickly. I’m seriously still embarrassed.

I am a faithful Top Chef Fan, I watch it every season so, I was also really excited to see Dale from Season 3 and Sam from Season 2 do a cooking Demo. It was fun to see them cook and meet Dale in person. I didn’t stick around to meet Sam, he went on kind of late, but they both seemed very down to earth and talked a lot about their season on the show. They are both opening up their own restaurants this year too.

It was a great day, aside from my husband’s little antic. Check out some of the pictures I was able to snap during the cooking demo’s. Have a great rest of your weekend everyone! Sorry for those of you who have no idea who these people are!!

Robin Miller in action

Sam from Top Chef Season 2

Dale from Top Chef Season 3

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  1. 1
    Emiline says:

    How cool!

    I would have stuffed myself, too. You only live once!

    I would definitely be starstruck around Robin Miller. I definitely think of her as a Food Network celeb.

    Sam is so cute! I can’t stand it. I must have him.
    Dale has nice mohawk.

  2. 2
    flutter says:

    Oh have mercy Sam is a beautiful beast.

    I knew I should have gone to the festival!

  3. 3
    Grace says:

    sam’s a stud. 🙂

  4. 4
    CB says:

    Sam is …. ::droooling::
    Lucky butt!

  5. 5
    Bonnie says:

    How fun that you got to meet Robin Miller. Love her show and recipes too! Can’ think of anyone better that Tillamook could have given the tickets to than you…and your nice hubby to go with you!

  6. 6
    Patsyk says:

    That sounds like the coolest way to spend a day! I get starstruck easily as well… but, I always walk away thinking whoever it was I saw was so nice and just a regular person.

    I may have to make sure to go to Robin’s booksigning in NYC in a few weeks… gotta get the hubby to agree to take me!

  7. 7
    RecipeGirl says:

    SO exciting!! I completely am familiar with all you mentioned in your post. I would have been a bit starstruck too, and I would have KILLED my husband… who would have likely done the very same thing that yours did!

  8. 8
    Kameron says:

    I think it’s great that your husband did that! I know I would have been mortified, but hopefully she’ll check out your blog and see how wonderful (and wonderfully talented!) you are! Ü

  9. 9
    Proud Italian Cook says:

    How cute, your Husbands so proud of you! What a fun day you had, and thats a gorgous picture of you!

  10. 10
    Karen says:

    What fun!!! And I love it that your hubby passed along your blog to RM, love that!

  11. 11
    Jenny says:

    Still laughing at everyone’s “Sam” comments. You could tell he loved all the attention from the ladies in the audience!

  12. 12
    Erin says:

    Forget Robin Miller! I would have stormed the stage for a little alone time with Top Chef Sam 😉

  13. 13
    Camilla V. Saulsbury says:

    How fun, Jenny! I’m glad you and your husband got to have such a great date!

  14. 14
    Deborah says:

    What a fun day!! I’m totally jealous!

  15. 15
    Test Kitchen Recipes says:

    I wish I could have gone. I’m sure it was a lot of fun.

  16. 16
    Tracy says:

    HOW VERY COOL! I am so jealous!
    Meeting Robin Miller would have been cool … but I would have swooned around Sam!

  17. 17
    PheMom says:

    What a great day! You look so cute in your picture with Robin! As for hubby’s antics – embarassing yes, but very cool that he believes in you so much! So, I say way to go to you both!

  18. 18
    Jaime says:

    how fun! i’m so jealous you got to go to something so cool 🙂

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