MetroCooking DC 2018 features wave of award-winning chefs

Emeril Lagasse headlines 2018 MetroCooking DC

The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show is returning to Washington, D.C. December 1-2 in full form. Emeril Lagasse will headline the show, flanked by TV Host Carla Hall in encore appearances. MetroCooking DC welcomes Emmy-winning Chef Lidia Bastianich. Hall co-hosted “The Chew” on the ABC TV network, which saw its seventh season this year, and Bastianich is a celebrated chef.

Attendees will have a lot to experience with on-demand shopping available as they cruise through the aisles. There’s an array of options that await them, including specialty food products, holiday gift options, book signings, and taking in live demos from James Beard honored chefs. This event is organized by E.J. Krause & Associates.

The Metro Cooking DC James Beard Stage is a coveted, annual attraction and this year, Lagasse and top chefs from the D.C. area and local celebrity, will be participating, including Scott Drewno. Drewno is no stranger in the Greater D.C. Region—certainly not—after having won the RAMMYS Best New Restaurant of the Year award for Chiko with co-founders Danny Lee and Drew Kim. Amy Brandwein, RAMMYS 2018 Chef of the Year, from Centrolina, will also join the chefs.

Erik Bruner-Yang, of Maketto; Vikram Sunderam, of Rasika and Bindaas, and Michael Schlow, of The Riggsby and Alta Strada, will also be on the big stage; along with other regional Beard-honored winners and nominees. Cooking classes will be conducted by chefs from Sur la Table.

At the BBQ Bash on Saturday, December 1, top barbecue restaurants and pitmasters will be on hand to provide tips and insights on grilling and trends. Sunday will be a true barbecue-style celebration, erected around the Grand Tasting Pavilion, benefiting the organization SOME (So others might eat), The Pavilion will feature more than 50 restaurants dishing out barbecue bites that are sweet, savory or a combination of.


MetroCooking DC general admission tickets, which include entry to the James Beard Cooking Stage and the Exhibitor Marketplace, run $21.50. Guests looking for access to the Sur la Table cooking classes, Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden, BBQ Bash, or the Grand Tasting Pavilion, should purchase individual event tickets, which are sold separately. Alternately, spring for VIP ticket packages, which provide entry to the backstage area where Chef Lagasse will be available to meet and greet guests.

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This post was updated August 9, 2018 and November 8, 2019.

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