Get ready to be blown away by the talents of Chef Katie Chin.  Filled with pathos and humor, “Holy Shitake! A Wok Star is Born” written by Katie, directed by Fran de Leon and produced by Paul Hemstreet, chronicles Chef Katie Chin’s journey as a Chinese American girl growing up in Minneapolis in the 1970s where she was raised by her remarkable mother, seamstress turned restaurateur, Leeann Chin. You will be captivated by her unique blend of humor, storytelling, and culinary expertise. Prepare to be entertained as she shares her personal journey of becoming a Wok Star and conquering the culinary world. Join us for an unforgettable hour filled with laughter, inspiration, and mouthwatering tales. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind event that will leave you craving for more!

Katie Chin, a celebrated chef, caterer, cookbook author, and playwright, is dedicated to demystifying Asian cuisine for home cooks. Raised in her mother Leeann Chin’s renowned Minneapolis restaurants, Katie transitioned from a career in film and television marketing to follow her culinary passion. Co-host of PBS’s Double Happiness and author of award-winning cookbooks like Everyday Thai Cooking and Everyday Chinese Cookbook, Katie is known for her expertise in pan-Asian cooking. Featured in Forbes, HuffPost, and The Wall Street Journal, she has appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Today Show, and Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen. Katie continues to inspire with her culinary journey and advocacy for Asian cuisine.

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ACEL Member Early Bird Rate Before 7/28/2024General Registration After 7/28/2024
COMMUNITY RECEPTION: (Fri, 08/23, 5:00-7:00pm | Keynote Speaker: TBD)$35.00$50.00
AWARDS GALA: (Sat., 08/24, 5:00-8:30pm | Keynote Speaker: TBD)$200.00$250.00
DAY PASS: Friday Conference (Fri., 08/23) Access to 10 Workshops/Seminars, Lunch & Reception$325.00$425.00
DAY PASS: Sat. Conference (Sat., 08/24) Access to 10 Workshops/Seminars & Lunch & Conference Gala$425.00$525.00
ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, August 23 - Saturday, August, 24)   Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event$625.00$750.00
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