What's NXT Cooking Show bios
The Maryland Theatre and Herald-Mail Media have joined forces to create a new health and wellness event, and they have tapped one of Hagerstown’s native sons as the host.
“The Health & Wellness Summit, What’s NXT Cooking Show, plus Dinner with the Chefs” will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, at the theater. The event will be hosted by celebrity chef Justin Warner.
Let's meet the restaurant owners and chefs, who will be participating in live cooking demonstrations:
Nick's Airport Inn
Chef: Matt Kemp, accompanied by Tess Tiches
Dish: Appetizer - Garlic shrimp with fennel and Parmesan served over Orzo Pasta
About Nick's Airport Inn:
In 1961, Nick and Tina Giannaris purchased the Inn, located adjacent to Hagerstown Regional Airport. What began as a combination-type eatery with a bar staffed by one waitress, expanded into a successful
restaurant that employs more than 60 people. The restaurant's phenomenal growth attests to Nick's reputation for serving the best of everything including choice meats, scrumptious seafood, farm-fresh vegetables, homemade breads, delectable desserts and vintage wines and spirits ... in the most exemplary way.
Chef: Arik Mills, co-owner, chef at Rik’s Cafe
Dish: Side dish - Cauliflower mash
About Rik's Cafe: Rik’s Cafe is the culmination of years of time and experience spent in the restaurant industry by owners Rick Chalker and chef Arik Mills. Rick worked his way through the restaurant industry as
a server and bartender before managing venues in Maryland, California, Florida and Virginia. While being a managing partner of the Longhorn Steakhouse in Hagerstown, Rick met Arik, who oversaw food safety
and sanitation. Hence, Rik’s Cafe!
Eliz Restaurant and Lounge
Chef: Elizabeth Mbah, executive head chef
Dish: Entree - Roasted duck covered with a Lager-based beer glaze on a bed of jollof rice and cranberry, all garnished with asparagus and portobello mushroom.
About Eliz Restaurant and Lounge: Eliz Restaurant and Lounge features fusion dishes stemming from original African recipes. Eliz pairs the exotic with the familiar and offers a variety of American-derived
comfort foods. Eliz aims to connect every customer to new experiences and open up new tastes and interests.
Owner: Dan Aufdem-Brinke
Dan's Taphouse will handle the beer pairings for the event.
About Dan's Taphouse: Nestled in Boonsboro, Dan's Taphouse showcases the best in local breweries, vineyards and farms, as well as providing a taste of what the craft world has to offer.
The custom-built bar features a 34-tap draft system.
B Street 104 Restaurant & Pub
Chef: Jeremy Jones
B Street 104 Restaurant & Pub will handle the wine pairing for the event
About B Street 104 Restaurant & Pub: The restaurant evolved from renovating the historic Antrim House Building in downtown Greencastle.
B Street takes pride in the flavor and selection of food from very elegant entrees to amazing burgers and fries. Private rooms and a banquet area are also available to accommodate parties, meetings and events.
Chef: Saul Coca
Vegetarian dish: Peruvian rice
Dessert: Tres Leches
About Pollo Zone: The Pollo Zone is owned and operated by Saul Coca, an El Salvador native. He and his wife, Yudis, opened Pollo Zone in 2013, the first restaurant of its kind in Hagerstown, where they and their three sons, along with other family members, focus on delicious cuisine inspired by recipes handpicked from Peruvian culture. Pollo Zone is the perfect place to experience new tastes and enjoy healthy food from South America.