Big Tex Cooking School


Bring the Fair into Your Kitchen

Food is an important part of the State Fair of Texas experience and now you can recreate that delicious magic yourself with the Big Tex Cooking School. The State Fair team has assembled a group of concessionaires and chefs to bring you two types of at-home cooking videos: traditional cooking demos filmed live in our Cutco Celebrity Chef Kitchen and wacky fair food how-to examples that you can create with food already in your pantry. While we know that nothing will replace biting into a funnel cake on the Midway and getting powdered sugar all down your shirt or sitting in the audience watching a celebrity chef, we hope the Big Tex Cooking School will help you continue celebrate your Fair traditions in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Episode 1

Funnel Cakes with Tom Grace

A staple of Fair food, learn how to make a Funnel Cake in your own kitchen Tom Grace demonstrates how to make a traditional funnel cake and then take your athome funnel cake to a new level by building a Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger. 

Episode 2

Fried PB&J and Fried Pizza with Abel Gonzales

Learn to fry at-home Fair food with Abel Gonzales, the multi-item winner of the Big Tex Choice Awards.  He will showcase some of his staple menu items – Fried PB&J and Fried Pizza. 

Episode 3

Fried Reese’s and Fried Bacon Burger Dog Slider on a Stick with Juan and Brent Reaves

Everything is better when it is fried on a stick – right?  Learn from the masters to fry Big Tex Choice Award finalist the Fried Bacon Burger Dog Slider on a Stick and a gooey treat, Fried Reese’s with Juan and Brent Reeves.  

Episode 4

Fried Cuban Roll and Fried Pop Tart with Isaac Rousso

Want to learn how to make a fried treat based on the Cuban sandwich, in this episode Isaac Rousso shows you how to take ingredients from the store and make a Fried Cuban Roll and his signature Fried Pop Tart. 

Episode 5

Tomahawk Steaks with Chef J. Black; Cutco Celebrity Chef Kitchen Demo

Want to learn how to cook the perfect tomahawk steak with all the fixings? Filmed live at the 2022 Cutco Celebrity Chef Kitchen at the State Fair of Texas, this episode features Chef J. Black of Chef’s Knife Catering creating a Texas sized meal fit for Big Tex himself.