Guest Chef Recipes

The Culinary Experience at Lake Austin Spa Resort provides many opportunities for you to learn from award winning chefs and other experts in our unique casual environment. This fun and informative program on all things culinary has been extremely popular with food enthusiasts. It is offered the second full week of every month.

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Meringue Drops 

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Meringue DropsGuest Chef Sara Moulton

Sara worked for two years as an instructor at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (renamed the Institute of Culinary Education), where she discovered her love of teaching, a passion that would give focus to her subsequent work in television.

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Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Thighs 

Spinach-Stuffed Chicken ThighsGuest Chef Sara Moulton

Sara worked for two years as an instructor at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (renamed the Institute of Culinary Education), where she discovered her love of teaching, a passion that would give focus to her subsequent work in television.

Sara Moulton is one of…

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Lyonnais Style Salad with Smoked Salmon 

Lyonnais Style Salad with Smoked SalmonGuest Chef Sara Moulton

Sara worked for two years as an instructor at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (renamed the Institute of Culinary Education), where she discovered her love of teaching, a passion that would give focus to her subsequent work in television.

Sara Moulton is one of…

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Classic Dry-Fried Pepper and Salt Shrimp 

Classic Dry-Fried Pepper and Salt ShrimpGuest Chef Grace Young

Grace Young has been called the Stir-Fry Guru by the New York Times, the Wok Queen by the Washington Post, and the Wok Evangelist by the website Chow.com. Her cookbook Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge won the James Beard Foundation’s Best International Cookbook…

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Rich Corn Chowder 

Guest Chef Rebecca Lang

You don’t have to drive far in any direction in South Georgia to be surrounded by cornfields. Summertime means corn is coming. When it arrives, we eat it nearly every day. I think ahead to winter and freeze as much as room allows. I’m always warmed by summer corn…

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Chile Rellenos Stuffed with Spiced Quinoa with Orange Red Chile Broth 

Guest Chef Johnny Vee

Chef John “Johnny Vee” Vollertsen is director and creator of the Las Cosas Cooking School in Santa Fe, New Mexico- now celebrating its 15th year under his direction. Johnny prepared and shared the below delicious recipe for Lake Austin Spa Resort's Culinary…

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Clementine and Avocado Salad with Poblano Buttermilk Dressing - Barbarba Fenzl 

Barbara Pool Fenzl is the owner of Les Gourmettes Cooking School in Phoenix, Arizona, and author of three cookbooks focused on the cuisine of the Southwest. She hosted a PBS television series, Savor the Southwest, which aired in over ninety cities, and appears regularly on local television…

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Amazing Italian Jam Tart - Elizabeth Karmel 

After learning about the butter-sugar-flour-egg ratios for the classic Italian Crostata from Italian cooking teacher Judy Witts Francini, we made one with fig jam.  The Crostata, I learned during the class, can be filled with just about anything and a good jam is the easiest filling.  …

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Heirloom Tomato Salad - Rebecca Lang 

Rebecca Lang is a food writer, cooking instructor, television personality, and a ninth-generation Southerner. Born and raised in South Georgia, she is author of Southern Living’s Around the Southern Table, Quick-Fix Southern, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, and Southern Entertaining for a New…

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Atlantic Shrimp and Grits - Rebecca Lang 

Rebecca Lang is a food writer, cooking instructor, television personality, and a ninth-generation Southerner. Born and raised in South Georgia, she is author of Southern Living’s Around the Southern Table, Quick-Fix Southern, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, and Southern Entertaining for a New…

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Cauliflower Galettes - Ellise Pierce 

Moving to Paris was the best bad decision that Texan Ellise Pierce ever made. Wooed to the city by a Frenchman, she soon found herself with just 100 euros in her bank account. So she launched a last-ditch effort to stay in the City of Light: She started her own catering business and began…

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Spinach-Basil Soup with Apple Matchsticks - Ellise Pierce 

Moving to Paris was the best bad decision that Texan Ellise Pierce ever made. Wooed to the city by a Frenchman, she soon found herself with just 100 euros in her bank account. So she launched a last-ditch effort to stay in the City of Light: She started her own catering business and began…

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Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas with Shiitake Mushrooms - Grace Young 

GRACE YOUNG has been called the Stir-Fry Guru, Wok Advisor, and Stir-Fry Master by the New York Times, the Wok Queen by the Washington Post, and the Wok Evangelist by Chow.com. Her cookbook Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge won the James Beard Foundation’s Best International Cookbook Award.

 

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Dry-Fired Pepper & Salt Shrimp - Grace Young 

Grace Young has been called the Stir-Fry Guru, Wok Advisor, and Stir-Fry Master by the New York Times, the Wok Queen by the Washington Post, and the Wok Evangelist by Chow.com. Her cookbook Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge won the James Beard Foundation’s Best International Cookbook Award.

 

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Almond Crumb Cookies - Joanne Weir 

Joanne Weir is a television personality, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and judge, international cooking teacher and chef. In her successful award-winning PBS series, Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class and her new series Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence, Joanne’s love of teaching…

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Warm Moroccan Chicken with Sweet Potato Salad - Joanne Weir 

Joanne Weir is a television personality, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and judge, international cooking teacher and chef. In her successful award-winning PBS series, Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class and her new series Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence, Joanne’s love of teaching…

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Johnny Vee - Tex Mex Veggie Chilli 

Chef John “Johnny Vee” Vollertsen is director and creator of the Las Cosas Cooking School in Santa Fe, New Mexico- now celebrating its 15th year under his direction. Johnny prepared and shared the below delicious recipe for Lake Austin Spa Resort's Culinary Experience Program.

 

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Kim O’Donnel - Chocolate Chile Pudding 

Kim O’Donnel is a trained chef, nationally recognized online food personality, and longtime journalist. Formerly of The Washington Post, Kim has also written for USA Today, Real Simple, Country Gardens and Culinate. Kim prepared and shared the below recipe for guests of Lake Austin Spa…

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Dzintra Dzenis - Crab and Grapefruit Stack over Chilled Cucumber Soup 

Dzintra Dzenis: After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu-receiving her Grand Diplome in cuisine and pastry- she was soon cast on Food Network's highest rated program, "The Next Food Network Star" then she founded her own restaurant and culinary center, Plate by Dzintra. Dzintra prepared and…

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