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ix star chefs, including a Top Chef fan favorite, take control of the kitchen when the tour returns to Riverhorse on Main on Sept. 24.

PARK CITY, Utah (Aug. 31, 2016) – Save the date and clear your plate: The return of the James Beard Foundation’s “Celebrity Chef Tour” to Riverhorse on Main is barely a month away.


Six award-winning chefs – among them a “Top Chef” fan favorite – will serve an unforgettable multi-course meal Sept. 24.


Taking over Riverhorse’s kitchen will be “Top Chef’s” Tiffany Derry; La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club executive chef Bernard Guillas; Shabu co-owner and executive chef Robert Valaika; Deer Valley Resort director of food and beverage Jodie Rogers; Eva and Eva’s Bakery owner Charlie Perry; and Riverhorse’s own co-owner and executive chef Seth Adams.


Just like dining at the historic James Beard House in New York City, guests will have the opportunity to interact with the chefs, all while enjoying the relaxing, upscale and trendy atmosphere at Riverhorse.


The event starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $225. Proceeds will go toward the the James Beard Foundation, which supports educational initiatives, culinary awards and an annual national food conference. Tickets can be purchased by calling Riverhorse on Main at 435-649-3536 or going online at


“This is going to be a night you and your taste buds won’t want to miss,” Adams, of Riverhorse, said. “Each of these chefs is a rock star, and it’s going to be a blast having them in the kitchen – and for a good cause, too.”


Best described as “an eclectic American restaurant,” Riverhorse on Main has been Park City’s premier dining spot since 1987, boasting an inventive genius in the kitchen that’s earned a long list of dining accolades, from repeated AAA Four-Diamond Awards to the prestigious DiRoNa Award to – most notably – one of fewer than 150 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star ratings in the U.S.


Adams has stood at the helm of Riverhorse since 2004, transforming it into the trendy, urban setting it is today.


Adams keeps guests happy with a mix of creative and expressive dishes, which use flavors reflecting the season and his own inspiration, plus long-standing crowd-pleasing favorites, such as Macadamia Nut-Crusted Halibut and the Trio of Wild Game: buffalo, venison and elk.


“We think we do things pretty well at Riverhorse, but all these guys we’re welcoming in are going to bring their own vision and craft – it’s going to be really interesting to see what they do,” Adams said. “We’re very excited to be welcoming them to our kitchen.”


Derry made it to the final four of Season 7 of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” earning the title of “fan favorite” as voted by viewers along the way. She was also a finalist in “Top Chef: All Stars.” A native of Beaumont, Texas, she started her career at the local IHOP, where she became the chain’s youngest manager at age 17, and went on to esteemed kitchens throughout Texas, including Pesce, Grotto Cucina Napolitano and Go Fish Ocean Club.


After “Top Chef,” Tiffany Derry founded the award-winning Private|Social in Dallas in 2011, and launched her own venture, Tiffany Derry Concepts, in 2013.


Guillas has also had his time in the limelight, with appearances on “The Today Show” and a feature in Food Magazine. He also penned an award-winning cookbook, “Flying Pans.”


Guillas runs three raved-about restaurants at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, including the Shores Restaurant at La Jolla Shores Hotel and the AAA Four Diamond-rated Marine Room restaurant. Believing “a good cook is a sorcerer who dispenses happiness on a plate,” Guillas blends classic cuisine with a love for Pan Pacific flavors, blending his upbringing in Brittany, France, with his culinary journeys through French Guyana, Washington, D.C., and San Diego.


At Shabu, Chef Valaika has spent the past 20 years immersed in and committed to developing a unique kind of of Asian Fusion fare. Described as “freestyle Asian cuisine,” it’s light, healthy, full of flavor – and positively addicting.


As director of food and beverage for the world-renowned Deer Valley Resort, Rogers oversees 11 restaurants that regularly win acclaim near and far. She boasts a 20-year cooking career that includes stints at hotels in Sydney, Australia, and as head chef at Australia’s Charlotte Pass Resort.  She has been with Deer Valley since 1995.


Perry’s career began in 1999 in San Francisco, but in 2008 he came to Utah to pursue his dream of opening a small-plates restaurant in Salt Lake City. Eva’s and Eva’s Bakery, named for Perry’s great grandmother, fast became award-winning staples of the Salt Lake restaurant scene, specializing in seasonal, quality ingredients, combining innovative ideas and traditional techniques.


For more information, contact Christa Graff, of Graff Public Relations, by calling 435-640-7921 or emailing


Since opening New Year's Eve 1987, Riverhorse On Main has been regarded by restaurant critics and the dining public alike as one of North America's top culinary destinations. In 1995, the Riverhorse became Utah's first restaurant to receive the prestigious DiRōNA Award, dedicated to “excellence in dining,” and it has received the honor every year since. In January 2000, Riverhorse On Main received the ultimate honor in the hospitality industry as the state's first establishment awarded the Mobil Travel Guide Four-Star Rating as one of the top 108 restaurants in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Now known as Forbes Travel Guide Rating, the Riverhorse has been awarded its Four-Star Rating consistently through 2013. Other distinctions include the AAA Four Diamond Award and Vacation Roost's Top Choice Award. With its trendy, urban vibe, live music and historic setting in Park City's renovated Masonic Hall, Riverhorse On Main is the perfect setting to enjoy exquisite cuisine ranging from American comfort food with a Southwest flare to Asian-inspired eats, served up by executive chef and co-owner Seth Adams, one of New York City's renowned James Beard House celebrity chefs.


Riverhorse On Main is located at 540 Main St. in the heart of beautiful, historic Park City, Utah, and it is open nightly from 5 p.m. and for Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For reservations and more information, call 435-649-3536 or visit the restaurant’s website Follow Riverhorse On Main on Facebook and Instagram ("riverhorseonmain") for specials, coupons and updates on entertainment and events. 

About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. In September of 2012, JBF launched the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Protocol and helped create the American Chef Corps as a way to champion American chefs abroad, promote American food products, and foster an interest in American culinary culture and history through international programs and initiatives. One such project is the next world’s fair, Expo Milano 2015, for which the James Beard Foundation is co-leading the effort for the State Department to design and produce the USA Pavilion, a global gathering of 147 countries addressing the challenges of how we will feed ourselves in the future. The pavilion, whose theme will be “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” will showcase America’s contributions to global food security and gastronomy.For more information, please visit Find insights on food at the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices. Join the James Beard Foundation on Facebook. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Twitter and Instagram.