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SummerWood’s Kelly Wangard Selected As Contestant

PASO ROBLES, CA (October 15, 2014) – Shayne Kline, General Manager of SummerWood Winery & Inn has announced that SummerWood Executive Chef and Inn Manager Kelly Wangard, will be a contestant on the upcoming Cutthroat Kitchen television show, set to air on the Food Network on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. PST.

Cutthroat Kitchen is a reality cooking show hosted by celebrity chef, author and television personality Alton Brown. Each episode ofCutthroat Kitchenfeatures four chefs faced with three cooking challenges. At the beginning of the challenge each chef is given $25,000, which can be used to sabotage their opponents and/or use to bid on ingredients to assist in the competition. Each challenge gives the chefs a dish to create, with 1 minute to retrieve their ingredients from the pantry. The contestants are then given 30 minutes to prepare their dish to the highest culinary standard. Upon completion, a guest judge evaluates each dish and the chef with the worst dish is eliminated. Episodes broadcast so far this season include, “Crabs of Steel”, “SaBOOOtage” and “Chip Off the Ol' Baklava”.

SummerWood Executive Chef and Inn Manager Kelly Wangard, learned of the opportunity after receiving a Facebook message from the show’s casting director, who was searching for a female executive chef. A quick telephone conversation and Skype interview followed, with Wangard learning she had been selected within a week of the initial contact. To prepare for the show, Chef Kelly practiced perfecting simple dishes in a short amount of time, and also brushed up on her baking skills. Filming took place in mid-May, in the city of Burbank, CA. Without divulging too much information, Chef Kelly commented that, “it was by far the most challenging, stressful and hilarious cooking experience I’ve ever had! The show has a ton of staff and it seemed to be a well-oiled machine. I was very impressed with the professionalism and how they were able to produce 5-6 shows a week.”


Kelly Wangard joined SummerWood Winery & Inn in 2009 as the property’s Executive Chef, taking on the additional duties of Inn Manager in 2012. Raised in Paso Robles, Wangard trained at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco where she was awarded the prestigious Carlisle Walker Award and graduated at the top of her class. While at the California Culinary Academy, Chef Kelly also worked at Fleur de Lys for Hubert Keller, who she credits in mentoring her in the high standards, daily operations and the importance of consistency in quality in culinary endeavors. Wangard’ s culinary experience also includes the Kimpton Hotel Group, the Caneel Bay Resort in the Caribbean, American Club in Kohler, WI and the Loews Beverly Hills Hotel. A move back to the Central Coast led Chef Kelly to the Paso Robles Inn prior to joining SummerWood Winery & Inn. Chef Kelly resides in Paso Robles with her husband, Corporate Chef Gregg Wangard, and their two children. Follow Chef Kelly on Facebook or visit her Recipes page on

SummerWood Winery & Inn is located on the westside of Paso Robles, set on a 36-acre estate vineyard. The picturesque property features multiple picnic areas and sites for special events, including weddings. The winery’s focus is on limited production wines, with both the Rhône and Bordeaux-style selections receiving honors from wine publications and international competitions. The nine-room luxury guest inn reopened in 2013 after an extensive renovation, featuring an all-inclusive retreat complete with a wine and appetizers hour, nightly dessert, turndown service, a complimentary bottle of wine in each guest room and a farm-fresh cooked to order breakfast. SummerWood Winery & Inn is owned by the Fukae family of Japan, with the winery’s name originating from the translation of Mr. Fukae’s oldest son’s first name, Natsuki. SummerWood Winery & Inn is dedicated to uncompromised quality, with an attention to detail that has earned them a worldwide reputation for excellence. For more information, please visit