2017 PANELISTS & SPEAKERS

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ART POLLARD

Master Artisan Chocolate maker Art Pollard of Amano Artisan Chocolates, Utah.

Amano has won multiple chocolate awards in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Napa, Sacramento, London and beyond.

Located high in Utah’s Wasatch Mountain range in the heart of the Rockies, Amano is dedicated to creating some of the world’s most exquisite chocolate through traditional techniques. Amano means “by hand” and “they love” in Italian, and that describes the care and perfection that Amano brings to chocolate and in turn to the people who savor it. www.Amanochocolate.com

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JESSICA FERRARO

jessica-ferraroCraft and Chocolate Bar Expert and founder of Bar Cacao, Jessica Ferraro.

Jessica is well known in craft chocolate circles, and is a strong voice in the industry. She also judges numerous artisan chocolate competitions around the world.

As the founder of Bar Cacao at the Chocolate Salon, Jessica has a following for her palate, her chocolate selections, and her instruction to attendees on how to taste the various flavors and textures of chocolates from exotic regions across the globe.

www.BarCacoa.com

 

DEFONCE CHOCOLATIER

Founded by a former Apple employee, their seed-to-bar artisanal chocolates set new high standards for the world of edible confections.

 

 

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Susan Irby
The Bikini Chef
KABC Radio

 

 

Susan Irby The Bikini Chef hosts Bikini Lifestyles “Wine Dine and Workout” on PBS, AMERICA ONE, DirectTV, AM 790 KABC Los Angeles, and hosts LIVE events. Well-loved for her “figure flattering flavors”, Susan Irby The Bikini Chef brings to life good health, delicious recipes, and exercise tips.

In print, Irby has authored 7 top selling cookbooks: The Complete Idiot’s Guide Quinoa Cookbook (2012 Penguin Publishing), Boost Your Metabolism (2010 Adams Media), Substitute Yourself Skinny (2010 Adams Media), $7 Healthy Meals, Quick and Easy Meals, and Pressure Cooker meals (2009, 2010 Adams Media), and Cooking With Susan, Southern Family Favorites (2000 Cookbook Publishers).

www.thebikinichef.com

 

  Speaker / Salon Awards Tasting Panel
 

Jane Park Smith
Ms. America 2007-08

 

An actress, model, author, martial artist, speaker, former Ms. America, and foodie, Jane's diversified TV credits include 24, The Cape, Rizzoli & Isles, Reno911, Bones, and most recently recurred, guest-starring in FOX’s latest drama "Gang Related" as Korean mob boss Su-Jin. Her films include ''Street Warrior'', ''Quarantine'', and ''Bring It On.” Coming soon, she brings Raven to life in the film ''Scream at the Devil,'' which fleshes out the gripping realities of schizophrenia and Mina in “Heartbreak” in which she becomes a champion pro-billiards player fighting for her son's welfare. “Heartbreak” is close to her heart as it is inspired by real events with redemptive overtones. She also just wrapped her first action feature as sadistic fight specialist Tess in "Boone: the Bounty Hunter."

Available on Amazon, her inspirational non-fiction book, Rocky the Rescue, gives 90% of proceeds of each book to animal rescue and other charities. Married since 2006, the couple lives with their set-trained canine actor Rocky Bear Smith in Los Angeles. She relishes finding fine foods and treats in between her other creative ventures...barely sweet dark chocolate being a must!

http://about.me/janeparksmith

  Salon Awards Tasting Panel
 

Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites News

 

Bonnie is the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Lifebitesnews.com.
Online international monthly travel/lifestyle magazine, founded 2005. Writer/editor/contributor to numerous magazines and newspapers in Beverly HIlls, Malibu, Santa Barbara over the past twenty years. Food & beverage bureau chief for Food & Beverage International Magazine 1997-2000. Founder and President of Santa Barbara Travel Writers Collective. Founding member of Santa Barbara Press Club. Member of Los Angeles Press Club.

Around the World Travel reporter KZSB 1290 Radio. Innactive member SAG/AFTRA. Judge for Tasty Awards 2011, 2012 and participation in numerous chef/food related award events since 1985.

www.lifebitesnews.com

  Salon Awards Tasting Panel
 

Amy Reiley
Life of Reily

 

 

Amy Reiley has a Masters in Gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu. She is the founder of Life of Reiley, a boutique cookbook publishing company and Editorial Director of EatSomethingSexy.com.

www.lifeofreiley.com

 

  Salon Awards Tasting Panel
 

Lee Scott Theisen Ph.D.
Food History Expert

 

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Dave Shelton
film/television/writer

 

Film/TV writer/cartoonist/voice actor/director...credits include Everybody Loves Raymond, Nickelodeon, Disney, Tweety and Sylvester, Against Type, National Lampoon, upcoming kids TV show Snuggy Bear and the T-Shirt Kids(c).
www.snuggybear.com

  Speaker / Salon Awards Tasting Panel
Josie Roman
Examiner.com


Reporter, former professional singer/songwriter and radio host, Josie Roman has a diverse career that includes TV & film production, and marketing

buzzhollywood.com
examiner.com/culture-and-events-in-los-angeles/josie-roman
sealightent.com

  Salon Awards Tasting Panel
 

Shelly Borrell
Nibbles of Tidbits

 

Freelance Copywriter and Food Blogger for Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog and Orange County Food Examiner.
www.ineedtext.com/FoodBlog

  Salon Awards Tasting Panel
Jayasekera Thushari
Actress and Food Writer
www.thushari.com   Salon Awards Tasting Panel
Delia Csipkay
Actress and Food Writer
Life Bites News
www.lifebitesnews.com
  Salon Awards Tasting Panel
Ruth Kennison
Bonaparte Chocolate
Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories
http://thegourmandiseschool.com   Salon Awards Tasting Panel
       
A.K. Crump
TasteTV and ChocolateTelevision


Founder of TasteTV, author of "Chocolate FRENCH, " "The
Chocolate Guide," and "The Cafes of San Francisco"
French CHOCOLATE:
Recipes, Language & Directions to Francais au
Chocolat
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