See below for a list of the Celebrity Chefs that will be stopping by the Robert Mondavi Wine Garden and the signature dishes they will be preparing. Be sure to make your way to the Wine Garden every night at 5:30PM for exclusive tastings and perfect wine pairings.



Appearance Date

Chef Bio

Signature Dish

Anne Kearney,     Rue Dumaine                                                                           
Monday, August 11

After graduating from the Greater Cincinnati Culinary Art Academy, Anne Kearney worked at Cincinnati's Grammer's before moving to New Orleans. While working at the acclaimed Bistro Maison de Ville Hotel, Anne perfected her French cooking technique that she displays at Rue Dumaine today.

Pan Seared Ora King Salmon with a Green Bean, Blackberry, and Walnut Salad in a Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette 
David Cook,   Daveed's                                                                                                                 Tuesday, August 12
Beginning his culinary career at the age of fifteen, David Cook has cooked at some of Cincinnati's most renowned restaurants. Now the proud owner of his own restaurant, Daveed's, he delights patrons with his innovative approach to tailoring food and wine, changing his menu daily. 

Chilled Corn Soup with Zaatar Shrimp Salad, paired with a Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay

Todd Kelly, Orchids Wednesday, August 13 Including time in some of North Carolina's and California's top restaurants, Todd Kelly has spent more than 20 years in the culinary industry. Named USA Chef of the Year 2011-2012 by the American Culinary Federation, Todd is now the Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza. Marinated Tuna "Taco" with Lychee, Shiitake Mushrooms, Radish Sprouts, White Balsalmic-Miso Marinate, and Pickled Vegetables
Amy Tobin, New RIFF Thursday, August 14
Amy Tobin is the Culinary Director for EQ, the cooking school at The Party Source. She also serves as a recipe deveoper and consultant to several national food brands.
Bourbon Braised Brisket Tacos with Grilled Peach and Corn Salsa

Chef Danny Combs,     Sotto

Friday, August 15




John Robert, John Roberts Table Saturday, August 16 After being born in France and working abroad, Jean-Robert moved to Cincinnati in 1993, when he became chef de cuisine at the Maisonette, continuing the run of Mobil 5 stars. He was founding partner, chef de cuisine and creative force of Jean-Robert at Pigall's, JeanRo Bistro, Pho Paris, Greeup Cafe and Lavomatic Cafe. He was named chef-in-residence at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State in 2009. He continues that role working with culinary students and faculty bringing his world-class experience and perspective to programs and events.  


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