Jon hails from Liverpool, England and credits his grandmother for spurring his lifelong passion for cooking. With everyday solutions, lively tips and classic techniques, Jon works with one foot in the professional, and one foot in the domestic kitchen, giving his audience the skills to cook with confidence. His passion for culinary arts and teaching can make a home chef out of anyone. No matter what Jon does, he remembers his grandmother’s wise words, “to share with others.”
A dad to Victoria Mei, Jon loves working with kids and is committed to making mealtimes across America matter again. He is a graduate of St. Helens College in Great Britain and began his culinary career in several notable English restaurants, including the Derby Lodge Hotel and The Kirkfield Hotel in Newton Le-Willows. After moving to the United States to follow his childhood dream, Jon launched into the business with a passion for sharing his craft and making good food accessible. He has appeared frequently on The Today Show andThe Tonight Show . Many of America’s most trusted brands have put their products in Jon’s hands including: Walt Disney, J.M. Smucker Company, Procter & Gamble, ConAgra and many more. He is currently the food correspondent for the nationally syndicated morning show, The Daily Buzz , which broadcasts to more than 160 stations. Learn more about Jon Ashton and see some of his delectable recipes by clicking here!
Are you a yard sale shopper? Settling your parents’ estate? Trying to make some extra money in these tough economic times? Bring your stuff to award-winning TV personality and TV host, Dr. Lori as seen on Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings, Lifetime Television, Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, and NBC’s “The Tonight Show”, Ph.D. antiques appraiser, and nationally syndicated columnist for an honest evaluation. Enjoy the News Sentinel Women Today expo and have fun with Dr. Lori as you find out the value of your antiques and see what others bring to the show. Dr. Lori will even review photos of your antiques as part of the antiques appraisal comedy show. (one item evaluated per presentation)
Kasey is an ants in her pants funny girl who can’t sit still to save her life. Luckily she doesn’t have to! Between taking care of her family in Tennessee, homeschooling two kiddos and running the popular time2saveworkshops.com couponing blog, this girl is hopping from dawn to dusk and loving every minute of it. A soon to be published author (look for her book ”Couponing for the Rest of Us” coming out May 2013), Kasey has been featured in Parade magazine, on NPR’s All Things Considered and spoken at countless women’s expos as she strives to teach others how they can save money and become purposeful givers. Kasey never set out to own a business, run a blog or set foot on the first stage. She set out to save money when her family needed it most. Now 5 years and countless workshops later people still follow her out of the store asking her secrets. While she works hard to juggle her family, work and passions, at the end of the day, Kasey loves to kick back with some gummy worms, a Diet Coke and a good book.
Martie is President and Chief Party Thrower of her online brand, Martie Knows Parties, born out of a love for cooking and entertaining. Martie writes about food, cocktails, party ideas, and party decor on her blog. In 2012, she competed for her own television series in one of TV’s most popular cooking competitions, Food Network Star. She was selected from thousands of applicants by culinary icon Alton Brown to be part of his team. As a top-four finalist, Martie showed America that home cooks can compete with restaurant chefs and culinary school grads. Her food was described by Food Network executives as “warm and comforting, like hot cocoa or flannel pajamas.” Martie prefers to use local ingredients in her cooking; she featured a story about Mobile Bay and a favorite shrimp recipe in her pilot for the show.
Martie’s a regular on the food and cooking show circuit, opening up for well-known stars like Paula Deen, Bobby Flay and Giada DeLaurentiis. Her website, MartieKnowsParties.com showcases her easy to follow recipes and ideas for affordable entertaining at home and she’s currently at work on her first book.
Yummy food is at the heart of Heather’s soul and sharing it with people brings her joy. Heather says, “Growing up, we communed around the kitchen and feasted at the dinner table. Every meal ended with a grand dessert.”
Heather’s latest debut occurred when she was recently casted and appeared on TLC’s Next Great Baker, Cake Boss reality show. Heather was voted on the show as the “Baker’s Dozen” by America, out of 12,000 applicants for the show.
Heather’s work has been published in Brides Magazine. She is also featured on WTNZ Fox 43-WBIR every Friday morning demonstrating her love in the kitchen. Heather is a mother of two beautiful daughters under the age of two. Heather hopes that her love for baking/cooking can bring joy and inspiration to others.
A native of New Jersey, Chef Sonoskus grew up around strong familial traditions of farming and cooking, understanding the farm to table philosophy from an early age. Sunoskus has been featured on Rachel Ray’s “$40 A Day” on the Food Network and was responsible for Tupelo Honey’s listing on Epicurious.com as one of the top 10 farm to table restaurants in the United States. He co-authored a nationally published cookbook, Tupelo Honey Café: Spirited Recipes From Asheville’s New South Kitchen, with writer Elizabeth Sims.
Don’t miss the News Sentinel’s Food writer Mary Constantine and co-partner of Sisters of The Skillet at the Food City Cooking School Stage. Click here (http://blogs.knoxnews.com/constantine/) to visit her blog, Stirring the Pot with Mary Constantine.”
Expand your culinary horizons, develop new skills, learn new flavors and make discoveries. The Culinary Institute offers various programs for those looking increase their culinary knowledge. Whether you wish to expand your career opportunities or just increase your food knowledge, we have a class for you! Visit http://culinary.utk.edu to learn more about our class schedules and offerings.
Winner of season 11 of NBC’s The Biggest Loser - Olivia Ward’s biggest motivation for going on NBC’s The Biggest Loser was being 261 pounds, 35 years old and diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and being told she would likely never have children if she didn’t lose weight. As an opera singer, she was also tired of losing coveted roles to people who looked healthier – it wasn’t enough to just have a great voice. A poor diet and no exercise led to her obesity, and the weight gain continued as she was diagnosed with PCOS when says she “completely gave up.”
After spending 22 weeks on the Biggest Loser Ranch, Olivia lost 129 pounds and gained a new happier and healthier life. Olivia continues to maintain that weight loss with 90 minute cardio work out 6 days a week and travels the country to speak about fitness, fashion and all things fun!
Runner up of season 11 of NBC’s The Biggest Loser - Hannah Curlee has earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations at the University of Alabama. In her high school days, she was the homecoming queen and star athlete, but avoided her 10-year high school reunion because, she says, “I was too ashamed to let everyone see what I’ve become.” Weight didn’t become an issue for Hannah until she was 20 years old. She had an accident, which resulted in emergency back surgery and ended her collegiate sports career. Feeling defeated, she began to gain weight. When 32 year old Hannah stepped onto the scale for the first time at The Biggest Loser she weighed 248 pounds and 22 weeks later she wowed 8.5 million viewers, having lost 120 pounds. Today, Hannah tours the country speaking about the importance of nutrition and wellness and maintains her weight loss through cardio workouts and early morning boot camp regiments.