Chef Stage 2020

ZestFest announces the addition of Chris Perez to the Celebrity Chef stage

New on the line-up for the ZestFest Celebrity Chef Stage this year will be Grammy Award winning musician Chris Perez.  Chris recently released his custom “Perez Pepper Sauce” and will be cooking with it on the ZestFest Stage. The small-batch sauce will be available online at CaJohns.com and ZestFest attendees will be able to sample and purchase the hot sauce at the show. Chris will appear on the ZestFest stage Friday January 24 and Sunday January 26th.

ZestFest is the spiciest and most flavorful show on the planet!  Spicy Food Productions is celebrating ZestFest’s 10th Anniversary at The Irving Convention Center the weekend of January 24-26, 2020.     Spicy food enthusiasts will sample a mouth-watering collection of the hottest and most flavorful foods, condiments, spices, and sauces known to man.  Artisan food products from all over the world will be competing in the 24th Fiery Food Challenge and vie for the Golden Chili award.  Attendees will have the chance to sample and cast their votes for their favorites in the ZestFest People’s Preference Awards.

 The Celebrity Chef Stage will also showcase the cooking talents:

  • Jon Bonnell, top Texas Chef and Restaurateur .
  • Eddie Deen, the undisputed King of Texas BBQ.
  • Shaun O’Neale, the winner of “MasterChef” Season 7
  • Monti Carlo, a finalist on Gordon Ramsay’s MasterChef 3.
  • Bria Downey, first woman ever to win Fort Worth Magazine’s Top Chef.

Friday night will host the 24th Annual Fiery Food Challenge Awards Presentation at a private party for the entries.  Everyone will get to sample the best of the best as winners showcase their products at the show.  There will be lots of hot and spicy fun throughout the weekend with the Wingstop Atomic Wing Eating Contest, Puckerbutt Pepper Company Jalapeno Eating Contest and back by popular demand, “Hog Heaven ‘ A Whole Pig Roast and Rib Dinner” hosted by Eddie Deen.

Whether you want to enjoy an assortment of savory flavors, think you have what it takes to compete in one of the food eating competitions, or looking for your own inspiration and tips from one of our many celebrity chefs, ZestFest caters to all spicy food enthusiasts!  ZestFest is three flavor packed days of fun and food.

With thousands of attendees each year, ZestFest is guaranteed to stimulate all your senses with spicy favors, enticing aromas, and a lively atmosphere for the whole family.  Featured event sponsors include Seagram’s 7, Casa Spice Co., George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey and Smirnoff.  Tickets are available at www.ZestFest.net or can be purchased at the Irving Convention Center during show hours. Children under the age of 10 are free with an adult paid admission.  For all information go to www.zestfest.net

Get ready to be a part of the action and excitement. Don’t forget to tag #ZestFest with a picture of your favorite find of the day to be featured on our Twitter and Instagram and win prizes!