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Cooking Demos 2016

A large part of TAP® New York has always been the food. Not just the sumptuous morsels available during the event... but showing you how to cook with beer. Cooking demonstrations from popluar area chefs will teach you the techniques and ingredients they use to create their signature dishes. Cooking Demos will take place in the Colonel's Hall on both days.

Tim Lang, VanWinkle's Restaurant -
Tim Lang, a local of the town of Windham and the Catskill region, has collected many years of experience after working under some of the community's favorite establishments. After graduating from WAJ in Windham, he continued to the Culinary Institute of America to pursue an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. While attending the CIA, Tim took the opportunity to work for one of the most well-known resorts in Florida, The Breakers at Palm Beach. During his time at The Breakers, Tim worked under 10 diff erent chefs and under the roofs of 6 diverse restaurants, all offering a unique learning experience. Tim specializes in Italian, French, Mediterranean Cuisine and authentic BBQ. His passion, dedication, and persistence shines through his food while he focuses on offering quality, consistent and delectable dishes to his valued guests.

Richard Kukle, Private Chef -
Richard Kukle, a private chef who resides in New York City, has worked in the food service industry for over three decades. He became fascinated with foods and flavors as a young boy in New Jersey, and later realized his passion for culinary throughout his time as an NYPD cook during his high school years.

After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1977, he worked as a head chef in many different upscale restaurants around the world and eventually settled back in the US. His passion for skiing inspired him to move out to Colorado where he became the personal chef and a close friend to the movie star couple Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. The notoriety gained from his work with them led him to cook for countless other celebrities as well as stints as a personal chef for some of the wealthiest billionaires in the country including Mortimer Zuckerman, Ronald O. Perelman, George Soros and William Koch.

Over the years, he has catered to and implemented many special diets for his clients including Diabetic, Vegan, Atkins, Palio, Ayurvedic, Kosher and Gluten Free. He brings a clean and healthy approach to cooking incorporating a lot of fish, vegetables and grains into his dishes.

Recently, Richard has decided to give back and help young aspiring chefs make a name for themselves within the industry through his recently launched website “Kitchen Magic Made Easy Cooking Tricks and Kitchen Tips”, providing educational videos and personal correspondence with Richard via www.kitchenmagicmadeeasy.com. Along with running his website and helping others develop fun and easy ways to cook wonderful meals; Richard continues to cook for a handful of America’s most affluent and influential families.


Many thanks also to the Food & Beverage staff of Hunter Mountain. Together, their vast knowledge of many cuisines, their love for new flavors and tastes, and their hard work have helped bring TAP® New York to its high standing.



TAP® New York © Hunter Mountain - 2017
TAP® New York, PO Box 295, Hunter, NY 12442

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