By Kelly Bock

November is celebrity chef reunion month and Rolling Pin is offering a special deal to Osprey Observer Readers. Register for Chef Helen or Chef Tre class and receive 20% OFF.  You can register online at  To receive discount, enter in code OSPREY2012 at checkout.

Chef Helen Chen will conduct two different classes.  On November 7, at 6:15p.m., Chinese is on the menu and November 8, at 6:15p.m. is all about Thai. Helen Chen is the founder of the Helen’s Asian Kitchen cookware line and daughter of James Beard Hall of Fame inductee, Joyce Chen. Helen has authored several cookbooks including Helen Chen’s Chinese Home Cooking, Peking Cuisine, Easy Chinese Stir-Fries and Easy Asian Noodles. She will explain all the specialty ingredients and generously sprinkle in her cultural and culinary stories, history and tips. The cost of each class is $75.

Chef Tre Wilcox is back for his fourth visit. His class is on November 11, at 2 p.m.. Chef Tre was a contestant on Top Chef Season 3 and Top Chef All-Stars.  He is currently the Executive Chef of Marquee Grill in Dallas. Chef Tre is a welcome friend of Rolling Pin and an amazing chef. His wonderful sense of humor and wicked laugh are endearing and make each of his events an unforgettable show not to be missed. The cost of class is $100.

Rolling Pin is excited that they are able to bring these celebrity chefs to the Tampa Bay area.

“We are thrilled to be able to attract such a high caliber of celebrity chefs to the Tampa Bay area. We feel new and existing guests will enjoy the welcoming atmosphere, great food and unique experience that each of these celebrity chefs provide” says Rolling Pin co-owner Chef Dave West.

For more class information visit Rolling Pin online at

Since 1995, Rolling Pin has been the “Culinary Resource” for the Tampa Bay Area. This locally-owned and operated culinary education center offers 8 – 10 cooking classes weekly. Rolling Pin is located at 2080 Badlands Dr., Brandon. Call 653-2418 or register online at


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.