The Jersey Bites Cooking Stage Returns to the NJ Home Show

The New Jersey Home Show

Get ready for a weekend of fun, informative, and delicious cooking demos at the New Jersey Home Show in Edison. The Home Show takes place from Friday, February 22, to Sunday, February 24. On Saturday and Sunday, we are excited to once again present the Jersey Bites Cooking Stage. Come see some of our area’s finest food bloggers and chefs—and try some samples of their tasty work. Read on for the lineup.

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Saturday, February 23

11 a.m.: Chili with a Twist, by Lisa Grant

Lisa Grant is the creator of the popular food blog, Jersey Girl Cooks and author of Super Easy Cookbook for Beginners. Her recipes reflect her belief that food doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive to be delicious. She has appeared on Dr. Oz and her recipes have been featured in Redbook, and on the KitchenAid Blog, Food Fanatic, and dozens of other major food brand websites. Her passion is being in the kitchen, and she wants to spread her love of cooking to others.

1 p.m.: Homemade Pizza with Arugula Pesto and Crispy Speck by Zoe Gelsi

Zoe Gelsi showed an early passion for cooking, and currently works for acclaimed chef Ariane Duarte at Ariane Kitchen & Bar, in Verona. Zoe has appeared on the Food Network twice, first at a tasting table with Bobby Flay on Worst Cooks in America, and again on Chopped Junior, Season Two, where she was a finalist. Zoe is a freshman at Montclair High School and is thrilled to be on the Jersey Bites stage.

3 p.m.: Mediterranean Stew and Farro Salad, by Rachel Weston

Rachel Weston is a Jersey Shore native and the author of New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table. She is a NJ real estate agent, master gardener, culinary educator, and freelance writer. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Inside Jersey magazine, the Star-Ledger,,,, and numerous other newspapers and websites.

5 p.m.: Risotto with Zucchini and Prosciutto, by Gillian Rose Eisenberg

Gillian Rose Eisenberg is an 18-year-old with a lifelong passion for cooking and baking. She loves travel and participates in swimming, bowling, soccer, golf, and ice hockey. As a person with autism, Gillie is devoted to showing her community that people with special needs can contribute and participate meaningfully.

Sunday, February 24

11 a.m.: Pressure Cooker Cheddar Risotto with Ham, by Valerie Gray

Valerie Gray is a Jersey girl, raised at the shore where she’s spent her whole life (except for two years in New Hampshire.) She’s mother to two boys, working outside of the home has given her an appreciation for things that save her time, energy and money, which she shares on her site She loves to find ways to put a reasonably priced meal together without spending hours in the kitchen. Her favorite foods are cheesecake, mashed potatoes, bagels, and most comfort foods that involve cheese.

Chef Jesse Deborah Smith at the NJ Home Show
Chef Jesse with Deborah Smith before his 2018 Demo

1 p.m.: Chicken Jambalaya, by Chef Jesse Jones

Jesse Jones is an American chef, cookbook author, and TV personality from Newark, NJ. Chef Jones has appeared on News12, CBS 2, ABC 7, Pix11, Good Day Fox 5 and the reality program Love and Hip Hop, New York and Basketball Wives. A 30-year veteran of the culinary industry, Chef Jones has worked for Aramark as well as restaurants including Dennis Foy’s Town Square, The Stage House Inn, and Heart and Soul restaurant, He is currently working as private chef to Sunny Hostin, of The View. He is the author of POW! My Life in 40 Feasts, a cookbook memoir.

3 p.m.: Tagliatelle al Ragu, featuring a handmade pasta demonstration from Little Fox Kitchen

Little Fox Kitchen is a recreational cooking school and culinary event space in Cranford, NJ. The stunning teaching kitchen and dining room is an ideal spot for cooking classes and also a popular culinary team-building destination for several top companies in New Jersey and New York.