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North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, NC

FOOD LION KITCHEN STAGE

Easy, Fresh and Affordable

Join our Celebrity Chefs on the Food Lion Kitchen Stage as they prepare recipes using the freshest ingredients and products from the Food Lion Family of Brands.  Watch teams put their knowledge to the test in head-to-head trivia during the exciting Food Lion Face Off Challenge. Contestants will be selected from the audience and each winning team member will take home a $25 Food Lion Gift Card. 

Monica Smith

Chef Monica Smith is a native of Gastonia, NC and proud mother of three children. Her company, Entertaining with Chef Monica has released her signature spice recipes called; “Chef Monica’s Spice Blends”. Chef’s Spice Blends can be purchased on Amazon Prime and soon to come in other retail outlets. She inspires others with her personal mission of “bringing families back to the table”. Chef Monica is a charismatic TV/Stage personality who knows how to engage her audience when talking about all things food.  Her #Eat2Livelonger Campaign inspires families to gather at the kitchen table, eat more meals that are farm-to-fork, and create a sustainable healthy eating lifestyle.

Chef holds several professional certifications and two degrees; a Bachelor’s in Foods and Nutrition from Appalachian State University and an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Charlotte. These credentials have helped to make her a contemporary southern grown chef that audiences adore and enjoy watching. Chef Monica is making her farm to fork concept a reality by promoting her “Eat2Livelonger” hashtag on t-shirts, through personal recipes, cooking demonstrations and social media.  She loves encouraging families to cook at home more often with fresh ingredients creating healthier eating patterns. She has challenged herself to take classic southern dishes and make them a little lighter with fresh foods and fusing them with other cuisines.

Chef Bruce Rowland

Chef Bruce Rowland is the Executive Chef/Owner Rowland Fine Dining in Richmond, Virginia. A gourmet restaurant with an international flare. Named one of “Richmond’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants in 2006” by The Richmond Times Dispatch.

 Chef Rowland is a self starter with attention to details, he excels in customer services, and has strong organizational skills and leadership demonstrating creativity in menu design. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

 Chef Rowland’s Professional Experience includes Adjunct professor in culinary arts at J. Sargent Reynolds community college in Richmond Virginia. Hana’s in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina which in 2001, in competition with other top flight regional chefs, won the Grand Award of the Renaissance Gala event in Myrtle Beach. S.C. Executive Chef / Director of Food and Beverage Monte Carlo Inc, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Executive Chef of the Louisiana Purchase in Banner Elk, North Carolina. A gourmet Restaurant and 6 year recipient of “Wine Spectator” award of excellence.

Angela Ray

Fresh off her New York Times critically acclaimed performance on the hit show, Atlanta on the FX Network, Angela Ray is an actress, author and award-winning speaker. A few of her other television credits include Queen Sugar, Sleepy Hollow, One Tree Hill, and Dawson’s Creek. She is best known as “Carol”, the shady landlord on Tyler Perry’s Love thy Neighbor. A few of her film credits include Keeping up with the Joneses with Zach Galifianakis, the lead role in The Other Man and Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween.
 
Angela is the author of the books, Blackberry Whispers, Rays of Motivation, and Megastar Student Leadership: Lessons I Learned as an Actress That Can Help Lead, Achieve and Succeed. As a speaker, she has presented to thousands of students around the country and considers it part of her mission to empower young people.
 
When she is not portraying a character, Angela enjoys being herself as a host and emcee. A charismatic presence with a golden voice, she has been the resident emcee for the touring show, The Food Lion Chef Challenge presented at both the CIAA and ACC basketball tournaments, two of the largest college basketball tournaments in the country. She has also hosted for Food Lion for the past five years in multiple cities for the Southern Women’s Show. She is frequently booked to host charity events, awards shows, and a myriad of live events.
 
Today in addition to traversing the globe as a highly-requested keynote speaker and working in entertainment, Angela serves on the Board of Directors of the Banks Foundation. She is also a Life Member of the General Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She connects with fans socially @TheAngelaRay and online at AngelaRay.com.
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