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Miraval Chef Series: Chef's Night In

Learn what the country’s foremost chefs cook for themselves to feel well during Miraval’s new Chef Series!

Various times throughout the year, a Celebrity Chef will be a weekend-long guest in the Miraval kitchen. While on property, each Guest Chef will give Miraval guests a rare peek into the foods and ingredients that these celebrated chefs enjoy cooking for themselves and their families on their (rare) nights off. Through a series of special events, the chefs’ mindful approaches to cooking will come to life as they share the secrets of the food they enjoy eating to bring their bodies into balance. In addition to these events, the Miraval kitchen will serve one of the featured Chef's signature dishes on the Cactus Flower dinner menu on both Friday and Saturday night.

Each visiting Chef will host two Chef's Night In Cooking Demonstration Dinners that include a 4-course meal prepared before them with wine service. Participants will interact with the Chef as they learn about their inspiring culinary techniques and philosophy. Seating is limited and sign-up is required; $198 per person. These dinners have a set menu and cannot accommodate for allergies and dietary restrictions. Each Chef will also host a Meet the Chef Luncheon during their visit where participants can join the Chef for an informational lunch to learn about her passion for cooking. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Sign-up at the Cactus Flower Hostess Stand.

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Alex Guarnaschelli - January 9 & 10

Chef Guarnaschelli is the daughter of esteemed cookbook editor, Maria Guarnaschelli. She spent her childhood surrounded by global cuisine dictated by whatever book her mother was working on at the time. This early emphasis on her palate shaped her future in food, and upon graduation from Barnard College in ‘91, Alex decided to further explore her culinary interests.

Throughout her culinary career, Chef Alex Guarnaschelli has worked in some of the world’s top restaurants including Guy Savoy’s eponymous Michelin three-star kitchen in Paris, Larry Forgione’s An American Place and Daniel Boulud’s namesake Daniel in New York City, and Joachim Splichal’s Patina restaurant in Los Angeles. Since 2003, Guarnaschelli has helmed the kitchen as executive chef of Butter Restaurant, where she brings New Yorkers a menu of eclectic American and green market-inspired fare.

In addition to her restaurant work, Guarnaschelli inspires millions of viewers with her shows on Food Network. She is a recurring judge on the popular prime-time series Chopped and a chef coach on America’s Best Cook. In 2012, she bested nine rival chefs to win The Next Iron Chef: Redemption and joined the ranks of Kitchen Stadium’s Iron Chefs. Alex has also appeared on Food Network’s Iron Chef America as both a challenger and a judge.

Alex released her premiere cookbook, Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook (Clarkson Potter, 2013) in spring 2013, and has a weekly column on People.com where she blogs about her favorite seasonal ingredients, up and coming food trends, tips and techniques for the home cook, and cooking with her 7-year-old daughter, Ava.

When Alex is not in the kitchen or filming for one of her shows, she enjoys traveling to new locales, browsing the Union Square Greenmarket and cooking with her young daughter Ava.

Chef's Night In Cooking Demonstration Dinner - Friday, January 9 & Saturday, January 10, 2015, 6-8pm

Meet the Chef Luncheon - Saturday, January 10, 2015, 12-12:45pm

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Chef Jody Adams - June 28-29, 2013
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Chef Brooke Williamson - July 19-20, 2013
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Chef Rebecca Rather - August 2-3, 2013
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Chef Mindy Segal - September 13-14, 2013
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Chef John Cox - October 18-19, 2013
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Chef Jason Santos - November 22-23, 2013
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Chef Jenn Louis - February 28 - March 1, 2014
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