Celebrity Chefs at ZestFest

Don’t Miss the HOTTEST Chefs Texas has to offer Performing Live Cooking Demos at Zestfest 2020

FRI JAN 24 • SAT JAN 25 • SUN JAN 26 2020



Tasting Chef Jon Bonnell’s cuisine is an experience found nowhere else. Texas foods are transformed into fine cuisine that is enhanced with regional Creole, Southwestern and Mexican spices. Chef Bonnell’s recipes are authentic and impressive, and he uses his knowledge and understanding of food to conceive amazing dishes that surprise and delight fine diners. Established as one of the foremost experts in fine wild game, Jon can win over even the biggest skeptic by dispelling myths and serving the best-prepared and most flavorful wild game. Bonnell has authored three cookbooks: Jon Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, Jon Bonnell’s Texas Favorites, and Jon Bonnell’s Waters Fine Coastal Cuisine. With three invitations to cook at the James Beard House and several appearances on national TV including the Today Show, CBS Early Show, Good Morning America and the Food Network’s BBQ with Bobby Flay and Meat & Potatoes, Jon Bonnell is the resource on Fine Texas Cuisine.


For the past 30 years Eddie has become an ambassador of Texas hospitality and food. After being chosen to cater Gov. George Bush’s 1994 Inauguration, the business flourished. Since then Eddie has catered 4 other inaugurations, both gubernatorial and presidential, many charitable galas, all around the world to Switzerland and Mauritius, weddings, corporate conventions and even to his family at home each evening. Today Eddie has grown his catering business to include numerous companies and over 100 employees. Eddie has packaged together a full-service event planning operation for any size party, any menu, any place…at any time. For the best in catered meals and special events you only have to remember four simple words… “Absolutely Texas, Absolutely Deen”

Celebrity Chef Shaun O'Neale


Shaun O’Neale exploded onto the culinary scene in September 2016 when he claimed the title of America’s best home cook and was named Season 7 Champion of MasterChef on FOX. He graduated from reality star to culinary star in May 2017 with the release of his debut cookbook “My Modern American Table”. During his season of MasterChef, Shaun won over the palettes of Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck with his bold flavors and flawless presentation. He carried the same techniques that earned him a record-setting 8 wins in the MasterChef kitchen through to his cookbook. “My Modern American Table” teaches other home cooks how to recreate Shaun’s upscale, modern American dishes like his lobster ravioli and salted caramel chocolate tart. For the past 20 years, Shaun has been orchestrating dance floors as a DJ with the highlight of his career culminating on New Year’s Eve 2011 as he became the first DJ to perform on Las Vegas Blvd in front of over 100,000 people. Beginning in Tampa, FL and now calling Las Vegas, NV home, Shaun has taken the same skills and determination that helped him to become a successful DJ and used them to start the next phase of his life as the next up-and-coming culinary star. Shaun is a self-taught chef who educated himself by reading cookbooks, studying the history of food and traveling across the globe to absorb different cultures and flavors. As he continues his world-wide travels promoting his cookbook and building his brand as DJ/Chef/Author, Shaun will continue to work hard for his fans and the people that support him and looks forward to everywhere this culinary journey will take him.


In May of 1999, Chef Eduardo was hired as the Executive Chef of the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. He still cooked for large numbers of attendees but with a narrower time span and notes his LOVE for the rush of game day, especially the Thanksgiving game. Chef Eduardo opened the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington in June of 2009. In August of 2010, Chef Eduardo was hired as the Executive Chef of the Irving Convention Center. With one opening under his belt he is very excited about this next challenge. Chef Eduardo has played a key role in the planning, implementing and development of all that it takes to open a new facility and operate the food service. His advice for future chefs is to become involved with the Texas Chefs Association.

Chef Monti Carlo

Chef Monti Carlo

With her wry smirk and sharp wit, Monti Carlo is a combustible mix of food knowledge and comic relief. She burst onto the food scene in 2012, when she placed Top 5 on Gordon Ramsay’s MasterChef. The Puerto Rican Chef is now a Food Network and Cooking Channel personality and the Co-Founder of the Everything Food app. The self-described helicopter mom and bacon aficionado volunteers her time to the Common Threads and CCAP programs, which teach underserved children how to cook.