Meet The Chefs

This year’s Meet the Chefs will highlight demonstrations on food prep and cooking tips from top chefs from around the Mount Washington Valley.

Meet The Chef's Schedule


11:30am – 12:15pm

Chef: Steffani Adaska

Restaurant: North Conway Olive Oil Company

Dish: Smoky Peach Pulled Pork with Peach BBQ sauce

12:30 – 1:15pm

Chef: Steffani Adaska

Restaurant: North Conway Olive Oil Company

Dish: Vietnamese Meatballs with Serrano Honey Hoisin drizzle

1:30 – 2:15pm

Chef: Steffani Adaska

Restaurant: North Conway Olive Oil Company

Dish: Gambas al Ajillo (Shrimp with Garlic)


10:30 – 11:15am

Chef: Ryan Mayo

Restaurant: Eagle Mountain House

Dish: Shrimp Dumpling with Scallion Dipping Sauce 

11:30am – 12:15pm

Chef: Michael Reed

Restaurant: Christmas Farm Inn & Spa

Dish: Bhel Puri 

12:30 – 1:15pm

Chef: Steffani Adaska

Restaurant: North Conway Olive Oil Company

Dish: Roasted Shrimp Tacos with Baklouti Chili, Mango

and Avocado- Salsa 

1:30 – 2:15pm

Chef: Steffani Adaska

Restaurant: North Conway Olive Oil Company

Dish: NoCo-Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps 


10:30 – 11:15am

Chef: Bryant Alden

Restaurant: Wildcat Tavern

Dish: Pulled Pork with pickled veggies

on Bao Buns

11:30am – 12:15pm

Chef: Cheryl Emerson

Restaurant: No Co Country Club

12:30 – 1:15pm

Chef: Bryce Harrison

Restaurant: Cheese Louise

Dishes: Grilled Cheeses. “The Godmother” and The “Blue Buffalo”

10:30 —11:15

Chef: Kendra Veno

Restaurant: Veno’s Specialty Meats

Dish: Tuckermans Chicken over Naan

with Hippie Dip


The Chefs

Chef Steffani Adaska

Food Emcee, Cooking Instructor & Culinary Consultant

Chef Steffani has been our effervescent Food Emcee of the Meet The Chefs Cooking Series at the Home Garden Flower Show for several years. Originally from Mendham, NJ, Chef Steffani is a local Food Consultant to restaurants and food enterprises across New England. Steffani teaches private and group cooking classes in her client’s homes and businesses across the country.  Steffani has teamed up with The North Conway Olive Oil Company, one of this event’s major sponsors, and has developed recipes for their 80+ quality oils and vinegars from around the world. Stay posted… an amazing cookbook featuring all of her creative recipes is currently in the works. Steffani is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. She is a mom of two adult children, a serial entrepreneur and the Inventor of the soon-to-be-released Grill Slick™ a revolutionary BBQ accessory that lubricates your grill grates so food won’t stick.

Bryant Alden

Executive Chef, Wildcat Inn & Tavern,  Jackson  NH

Bryant, Is a Certified Executive Chef and president of the White Mountain Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. He was raised on Cape Cod, MA. As a child he got his passion for cooking from his grandmother who cooked for affluent families who summered on the Cape.  Chef Bryant enjoys preparing dishes influenced by culturally diverse regions around the globe.
Over the years, his extensive career as an Executive Chef and Consultant has taken him throughout New England. He is a past recipient of White Mountain ACF “Chef of the Year”

He has been a nationally approved Culinary Evaluator supporting the culinary certification process. Bryant’s culinary management has encompassed hotels, healthcare, education, personal chef services, and a decade of restaurant / catering ownership.

Chef Cheryl Emerson

Executive Chef, Ledgeview Grille at the North Conway Country Club, North Conway NH

Cheryl Emerson is the Executive Chef at the Ledgeview Grille at the North Conway Country Club, offering a full-service restaurant during golf season and also catering year round. A self- taught and award-winning chef, Cheryl is a native of Bartlett N.H.  She has over 30 years as a chef, working in New England and has taught cooking classes at Taste of the Mountains Cooking School.  When not cooking she is gardening, nordic skiing, playing tennis, & fly fishing.

Bryce Harrison

Partner, Chees Louise

Back in high school Bryce and his two friends, Ian and James,  always talked about how The Mount Washington Valley needed a food truck. In the summer of 2018 they took the plunge and made it happen! Cheese Louise was born.  The food is a simple concept - Grilled Cheese - then add an artisan flare!
Success was almost instant. Cheese Louise became a sought after destination for both locals and visitors of the Mount Washington Valley. Not bad for three young men still in college.

Chef Ryan Mayo

Executive Chef, Eagle Mountain House, Jackson, NH

Originally from Vermont, Chef Ryan Mayo moved to the Mt. Washington Valley in 2016 to expand her career as the  Executive Chef of The Eagle Mountain House in Jackson, NH, where she resides. She has been a chef for over 10 years and is extremely passionate about using local ingredients and supporting our surrounding communities.  Her influence for cooking has always come from being part of a large family and cooking many holiday & family meals.

Michael Reed

Executive Chef, Christmas Farm Inn and Spa, Jackson NH

Michael Reed is the Executive Chef of The Christmas Farm Inn and Spa in beautiful Jackson New Hampshire.  Michael worked as a Chef his entire adult life in the Mount Washington Valley. He’s worked along side of some of the best chefs around MWV, picking up skills and techniques from all of them.  Always learning and improving his skills, recipes and talents. it’s obvious Michael is passionate about food and loves what he does.  He enjoys many different cuisines from around the globe and thrives adapting traditional recipes into something new unique and  innovative.

Kendra Veno

Executive Chef & Owner, 
Veno’s Specialty Foods & Meats
Conway, NH

Kendra is an award winning chef and a native of Mt. Washington Valley. After graduating from the highly regarded Balsams Culinary Apprenticeship Program, Chef Veno worked at The Ritz Carlton in Cleveland, OH, and later was an opening team member at Classic’s Restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland. 
Prior to opening Veno’s Spcialty Foods & Meats with her husband, Kendra was instrumental in elevating the Culinary Program at Kennett High School’s Mount Washington Valley Career Technical Center where she added Culinary ProStart to the program. In this role Kendra received both state and national recognition awards for program quality and leadership.
In addition to her passion for food, Kendra is extremely passionate about her family and friends. She resides in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her husband Jason and two children.

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