Chef Showcase Chef Johnny Alarcon Ruiz Saturday at 4:00pm | Sunday at 4:00pm Luxe Gourmet Buffet at the Casino at Dania Beach View Bio Chef Johnny Alarcon Ruiz Saturday at 4:00pm | Sunday at 4:00pm A native of Lima, Peru, Johnny Alarcon Ruiz was destined to communicate his passions, through the language of fine cuisine. Coming from a family of food-lovers within the culinary rich country of Peru, set him on course to hone his culinary skill at the prestigious Laureate International University. There, he was certified with the “Seal of the Blue Cord”. Emigrating to the dynamic country of Panama heightened his inspiration and brought opportunity as he was hand chosen to oversee the food and beverage program at the most luxurious casino in Central America, the Ocean Sun Casino. He later opened four restaurants, with the highlight being the “Panaviera”, an acclaimed high- end fine dining restaurant in the Trump Hotel. Panaviera is also known as the “Highest Restaurant in Panama” as it sits on the 66th floor of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Panama. During his time in Panama, Chef Johnny was a professor at prestigious universities including Ganexa Art University, Panama Hotel School, and his alma mater, Laureate International University. He now resides in South Florida as the head Chef at the Casino at Dania Beach. Chef Dherlie Guirand Saturday at 6:00pm Kiskeya Farm View Bio Chef Dherlie Guirand Saturday at 6:00pm Dherlie Guirand is a culinary Chef and Founder and CEO of Kiskeya Farm. As a certified culinary chef, she brings her Caribbean style cooking to every event that she caters, from celebrities to families. Chef Dherlie recently had the pleasure to cater and serve up her exquisite Caribbean/Haitian cuisine at a private party hosted by Miami-based New England Patriot’s star running back Sony Michel, who scored the only touchdown of Super Bowl 2019. In addition to creating exciting meals, Chef Dherlie founded Kiskeya Farm, a company that distributes authentic Haitian inspired condiments. She is passionate about creating rich flavors from the Caribbean and desires to share them with the rest of the world. Her Kiskeya Farm Pikliz, which is a staple topping for most dishes, is currently distributed in 35 supermarkets across South Florida. Her goal is for Kiskeya Farm products to reach supermarket chains internationally. Chef Dherlie is also a woman of faith who serves her community relentlessly through her passion for food. Chef Mark Cameron Saturday at 2:00pm | Sunday at 2:30pm Mark’s Chill Grill View Bio Chef Mark Cameron Saturday at 2:00pm | Sunday at 2:30pm Mark Cameron is an Artist and Chef, who was educated at Jamaica College, in Jamaica, and the Jamaica School of Art. Mark Cameron is known internationally, as an abstract artist, but is also well known for his landscape art, and impressionistic pieces that defines the kind of artist he happens to be. Mark Cameron is also the former owner and operator of the San Diego Based Caribbean grill, and other restaurants for over fifteen years,…his international culinary background includes the fusion of Cajun, Vegan, and Jamaican dishes, that stimulates your palate, as well as your mind, with also an emphasis on healthy, and tasty dining, that landed him cooking spots on FOX NBC, and CBS. Chef Cameron is also very involved in promoting healthy dining, and did several workshops with the Women’s Resource center in Oceanside California, the NAACP event, Men who cook, and fit 4 life…his love of cooking is reflected in the taste of his well-prepared dishes. Mark Cameron presently operates a catering company, called Mark’s Chill Grill out of Plantation Acres in South Florida, and recently did the launch fundraiser for Mayor Andrew Gillum’s political campaign for Governor of Florida. Chef Shanna Benson Sunday at 1:00pm Benson’s Bakeshop View Bio Chef Shanna Benson Sunday at 1:00pm Shanna Benson’s passion for food and baking began in a tiny dorm room just off campus at Florida State University. Not one to eat cafeteria slop, Shanna got creative and started cooking “home cooked” meals with a forbidden hot plate and toaster oven, concocting everything from steak and mushrooms to brownie a la mode. Several years later, stressed out and armed with every kitchen gadget known to mankind, Shanna began baking to decompress from the stress of running her own Marketing firm – often baking several hundred cupcakes in one day and bring them to clients to “butter them up.” One Wynwood client was so buttered up, they asked Shanna to enter a charity “cupcake wars” competition on their behalf, and to everyone’s surprise the amateur baker from Broward won the title award for Best Cupcake for her signature Coconut Cupcake, and was featured across the Miami Blogoshere as the underdog who surprised all. Thousands of stress decompressing cupcakes later Benson’s Bakeshop was officially launched as a cottage industry cupcake bakery specializing in homemade goodness. In January of 2017 -thanks to the support of family, friends, coworkers and community Shanna left her job in pursuit of her ultimate dream of owning a brick and mortar shop and plans to open the doors to Benson’s Bakeshop in early 2018. Benson’s Bakeshop currently carries of 25 flavors of cupcakes that include special dietary needs such as vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free and can accommodate orders from one dozen to 1,000.