Cooking Pavilion 2017

Every year, thousands of attendees flock to the Jacob Javitz Center to take part in all the excitement of Circle of Sisters. In particular the Cooking Pavilion has been a staple for years. With live food demonstrations, delicious samples and celebrity chefs; attendees are always anxious to see what the Cooking Pavilion has in store.

Stay tuned as we provide healthy and delicous recipes all throughout the Summer and Fall. Make sure you are checking back to see who this year's celebrity chef's will be.

Cooking Pavilion Schedule

Hosted by celebrity Chef Nikki Shaw, come check out incredible celebrity chefs! From southern to vegan to simple down home BBQ, we welcome you to see, learn, experience and taste what our chefs are stirring up this year...your taste buds will thank you! We're featuring some of the best chefs in the nation. 

11:00am – 12:00Noon | Perfect Bake Time with Rushion McDonald

Rushion McDonald is an Emmy Award Winning TV Producer, Ambassador for the Perfect Bake Pro Scale, has launched his own YouTube Channel Perfect Bake Time with Rushion McDonald that features quick and easy dessert video recipes from his Perfect Bake App. At Circle of Sisters, Rushion will be making one of his most popular desserts, Baked Banana Pudding!  Rushion will be passing out samples of his Baked Banana Pudding on a first come, first serve, until he runs out.


12:30pm - 1:30pm | Carla Hall

Carla Hall is the co-host of ABC’s Emmy award-winning, popular lifestyle series The Chew. She’s best known as a competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef: All Stars. Carla’s approach to cooking blends her classic French training and Southern upbringing for a twist on traditional favorites.



2:00pm - 3:00pm | Miss Robbie

Come see Miss Robbie of the hit show, Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s! A collapsed lung sidelined her successful singing career, but it didn’t sideline her dreams. She decided to use her talented cooking skills and mother's recipes to open the #1 soul food restaurant Sweetie Pie's in St. Louis. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s! which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network. 


3:30 – 5:00 | Circle of Sisters Culinary Challenge - Pat Neely

Circle of Sisters Culinary Challenge – Join Celebrity Chef Pat Neely, author, entrepreneur, speaker, host and executive producer of Family Dollar's SAVE TO WIN, which can be seen on Saturdays on the CW Network. Watch as three lucky Circle of Sister attendees take the cooking challenge. Pat will be joined by WBLS’ Carla Ferrell from the Steve Harvey Morning Show and Sports Illustrated model Damaris Lewis. The winner will receive a one-on-one cooking consultation from Celebrity Chef Pat. 

If you would like to compete in the Circle of Sisters Culinary Challenge, email us at & you may be one of the lucky ones to win an opportunity to meet Celebrity Chef Pat Neely. We will select three amateur chefs to compete. 



5:30 – 6:30 | Bobby Brown 

BBQ Sauce King Bobby Brown adds a new title to his list of credits. Join the R&B singer-songwriter, rapper, and dancer for his latest venture. From recording and reality TV star to create the perfect BBQ sauce, Bobby kicks it up on our stage.

7:00 – 8:00 | DJ Enuff

DJ Enuff – A Brooklyn native, is one of the world’s leading DJs and radio personalities. Along with headlining nightclubs from Miami to Tokyo, he has co-anchored and run live mix shows on some of New York City’s top radio stations. DJ Enuff is one of our own and he's going to be mixing it up at the Culinary Corner.