Food University, the three-day epicurean course at Caesars Palace, just added a slew of new faculty to its roster. Now students can learn from Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes, winner of season 10 of Hell's Kitchen Christina Wilson, pastry chef François Payard, chef and restaurateur Frank Pellegrino Jr. and chef Steve Martorano during the event March 27-29.
Goldman, who owns Charm City Cakes bakeries in Baltimore and Los Angeles, as well as the do-it-yourself cake bakery Cakemix in West Hollywood, will present a hands-on cake-decorating seminar. Payard, who has Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro at Caesars Palace, will teach a class called "Chocolate Epiphany." Pellegrino, the proprietor behind Rao's at Caesars Palace, will lead a class focused on preparing classic Italian dishes.
The epicurean event plans to announce which classes will be taught by Wilson, who is now the head chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, and Martorano, who has his eponymous Martorano's at the Rio.
Here's a look at what students who pay the $1,995 tuition can expect:
1. Nine hands-on cooking classes taught by chefs.
2. Three in-depth seminars covering topics such as wine and food pairing, eating healthy and even a complete chocolate tutorial.
3. Two looks behind the scenes at Las Vegas restaurants.
4. A seminar featuring Francesco LaFranconi of the Southern Wine and Spirits Hospitality Mixology Program
5. Three breakfasts and three lunches
6. An interactive celebrity chef competition presentation
7. A graduation ceremony where guests receive their "Enlightened Palate" degree
8. A private VIP invitation for a never-before-seen prestigious wineries tour in Napa Valley.
Food University notes that all proceeds from "admissions" will benefit Keep Memory Alive, dedicated to finding cures for brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS