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Chef Joe Sasto Joins the Palm Springs Food & Wine Festival Lineup

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Chef Joe Sasto Joins the Palm Springs Food & Wine Festival Lineup

November 11 & 12 Culinary Showcase Also Features
Celebrity Chefs Martin Yan, Susan Feniger, Tanya Holland,
Michael Chung
 and Andre Carthen Headline
Alongside 40 Restaurants, 80 Boutique Wineries

Special Guest Emcee Liam Mayclem of “Foodie Chap” Fame

Event Benefits the Fellows Program of the Culinary Institute of America, Les Dames D’Escoffier and DAP Health.

18 October 2023 – Palm Springs, CA:  The Palm Springs Food & Wine Festival ( is proud to welcome renowned chef Joe Sasto to the roster.  You may recognize Chef Joe Sasto from his win on The Food Network’s “Chopped”, and his time competing on NBC’s Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars. He was recently recognized by The Food Network for their first ever “Hot List” of 2022.  Recently, Sasto has become very popular via the social media landscape, with over 20-million “likes” and countless viral videos. Sasto is a reoccurring judge, host, and chef personality across Food Network, and an All-Star competitor for shows such as Guy Fieri’s Tournament of Champions, and Guy’s Grocery Games. Chef Joe has also developed a high-end customizable pasta and pizza tool line with well-known knife maker and blacksmith Doghouse Forge. Sasto recently launched a puffed pasta snack, entitled TANTOS, which is set to hit the market in 2023. Chef Sasto is also currently writing his first cookbook.

“Participating in the Palm Springs Food & Wine Festival is an honor,” says Sasto. “I look forward to sharing my passion for food with festival-goers.”

From a young age, Sasto’s love for cooking was evident. Learning alongside his mother, he developed a talent that would lead him to prestigious kitchens across the country. After training under respected chefs in the Bay Area, Sasto’s journey took him to Quince Restaurant in San Francisco, where his passion for pasta flourished. Under the guidance of Chef Michael Tusk, he mastered the art of handmade pasta and Italian culinary traditions.

“Having Chef Joe Sasto join our lineup is a true privilege,” said Festival Producer Jeff Hocker, known for his long expertise in event production and the culinary arts. “His culinary expertise and dedication to quality make him a standout addition to this year’s festival, and the diversity of his experience will make for a crowd pleasing occasion. “

As Executive Sous Chef at Lazy Bear, Sasto continued to build strong relationships with local farmers, showcasing California’s beautiful produce. His contributions helped elevate restaurants like the two-Michelin-starred Lazy Bear and three-Michelin-starred Quince.

During the pandemic, Sasto adapted by hosting virtual pasta lessons, curating food content, and connecting with a growing social media audience. His recent ventures include the highly sought-after focaccia popup Luna Focacceria and a customizable pasta and pizza tool line developed with Doghouse Forge. Additionally, Sasto is working on his first cookbook and launching the puffed pasta snack line TANTOS. (read Sasto’s full bio here

The Palm Springs Food & Wine Festival will take place on November 11& 12 featuring world-class chefs, winemakers, and food enthusiasts.  Attendees will engage with celebrity chef demonstrations from Sasto, plus colleagues such as Martin Yan of “Yan Can Cook,” Susan Feniger of “Two Hot Tamales” and her new Palm Springs restaurant Alice B’s, Tanya Holland of “Tanya’s Kitchen Table” on the OWN Network, and chefs Michael Chung and Andre Carthen of Kathy Ireland Worldwide and many more to be added.  Additionally, expert panels will be led by Shelley Lindgren, founder of San Francisco’s acclaimed restaurant A16, award winning sommelier Katie Finn of the Desert Wine Shop, and astronaut-turned-vintner José M. Hernández.

The Palm Springs Food and Wine Festival would not be possible without the support of The Palm Springs Food and Wine Festival Presented by The City of Palm Springs, Stellar Artois, Sotheby’s International Realty, Maker’s Mark Prime Time Produce, Stolzle Lausitz, Chill Bar Palm Springs, Kevin
Crockett Law Group, Town Real Estate and Stars Travel, Sun Community Federal Credit Union, AAA, Costco Wholesale, Palm Springs Disposal, Team McTavish, Gravitas Wine Company, Hotel Zoso, 420 Bank Dispensary and Lounge, Bright Event Rentals, Mike Thompson RV Super Stores Phyllis Eisenberg and Kerry Hendrix and Eric Flora of Capstone Partners.

Media Partners for the Palm Springs Food and Wine Festival include: Los Angeles Magazine, KCBS Radio, KESQ News Channel 3, Spectrum News, Grape Encounters, MeTV Radio 103.1 FM, KGAY 106.5 FMD, Gay Desert Guide, David Perry & Associates, Inc, Kathleen Bennett, Desert Charities News, CV Independent, Desert Sun, Market Broadcasting System, Alpha Media, The Standard Magazine, Desert Business Association and The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce

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