New faces fill Fabulous Food Show lineup

Several top chefs – and a Top Chef judge – will make their first appearances at the Fabulous Food Show this weekend at the I-X Center.

This year’s lineup is led by domestic diva Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and a best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning television host. She will do cooking demonstrations in the 1,500-seat Main Kitchen Theatre at 10:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and will sign autographs at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Joining her Saturday will be Tom Colicchio, best known for his work as a judge on Bravo’s popular reality series “Top Chef.” But in the culinary world, Colicchio is a James Beard Award-winning chef and the owner of Craft and Craftsteak restaurants in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas and ‘wichcraft’ sandwich shops in New York, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Friday’s guests will be: Alex Guarnaschelli, Food Network’s newest “Iron Chef” and a frequent judge on “Chopped”; Hugh Acheson, author of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook ” A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen” and a frequent judge on ‘Top Chef”; and Marcus Samuelsson, winner of both “Top Chef Masters” and “Chopped All-Stars,” owner of Red Rooster Harlem and co-founder of Samuelsson also will appear on Saturday.

Sunday’s guests will be: Sunny Anderson, host of such Food Network shows as “Cooking for Real,” “How’d That Get on My Plate” and the upcoming “Home Made in America with Sunny Anderson”; and Jason Roberts, a correspondent for ABC’s “The Chew.” Roberts will resume his past role as host in the Main Kitchen Theatre all three days in addition to doing his own demos on Sunday.

The Main Kitchen Theatre is one of six stages that will present cooking demonstrations and other programs over three days. About 450 exhibitors will display their products, with many of the food companies serving samples.

This year’s food show is joined by the International Beer Fest, which was a separate event in 2011 and 2012. A special evening session from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday will feature live music by G. Love and Special Sauce. Tickets for the evening session are $75 and $45 with a designated driver ticket available for $20.

A full schedule of events can be found at www.fabulousfoodshow. com