Over the past few years, gourmet cooking has become a popular hobby for many people.
Whether it is watching cooking segments on national news programs or cable food channels, world renowned chefs are teaching people how to create specialty dishes commonly found in expensive restaurants in the comfort of their own homes.
In support of this new cooking fascination, consumers are purchasing a greater number of high-end kitchen appliances than in previous years.
The Roth Concept Center was the first appliance retailer to utilize a completely functional kitchen to display design concepts with its high-end appliances.
All of the professional grade appliances are showcased in a luxury kitchen setting with beautiful cabinetry, granite countertops, lighting and flooring featured in its store at Foothill Village.
Roth's appliances are all from well-respected manufacturers such as Sub-Zero, Sharp, Wolf and Asko.
"Anyone who enjoys cooking would love having this type of kitchen in their home," said Marie Pitcher of the Roth Concept Center.
"The kitchen really is the heart of any home. We are seeing more homeowners who want to invest in creating a kitchen that is perfect for entertaining."
New this year to the Roth Concept Center is the stainless R-90GC high-speed convection microwave oven from Sharp. This oven applies Sharp's advanced engineering to create a revolutionary system for circulating super-heated air to bake, brown, roast and grill foods. The R-90GC cooks foods up to five times faster than a conventional oven with exceptional results.
Clint Williams Sharp from Sharp will be demonstrating this new high-speed oven on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Roth Concept Center Kitchen at the home show.
Another new product is infrared technology, a staple in restaurant kitchens, which allows heat to be distributed more evenly and effectively.
This feature is available in Wolf oven broilers, griddles and charbroilers. Wolf has also introduced a built-in oven with eight different cooking modes, which allows the capabilities of baking, convection and roasting.
Many of these products will be on display in the state-of-the-art kitchen created by the Roth Concept Center at the show.
Roth's resident chef Adalberto Diaz will also be teaching cooking seminars at the home show. Classes will include making simple pastas, fall soups, sauces, basic bread recipes that can be made into pizza dough, specialty breads and puff pastry.
Cooking seminars times will be Friday at 4:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. and Saturday at 12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Diaz is considered one of the top chefs in the valley and is known for his sense of humor and ability to create wonderful recipes that are amazingly simple.
Diaz, a native of Cuba, began baking at the age of 14 under the instruction of his two grandmothers. He started with pastries, desserts and cakes for family and friends and moved into running his own bakery in 1997.
In the year 2000, Diaz moved to Salt Lake City and extended his culinary skills from baker to chef. He has become a favorite among local audiences and media by creating several dishes out of just a few ingredients and his presentations are always beautiful.
Every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Diaz conducts cooking classes at the Roth Concept Center.
Not only does Diaz teach cooking classes, but he also helps audiences to understand how to utilize professional appliances to make cooking easier and less time consuming. Many people don't know how to properly use the equipment in their own kitchens.
"We are an idea resource," said Pitcher. "Not only do we distribute appliances, but we educate the public on ways to use their high-end appliances by teaching cooking classes, showcasing seven different kitchens in our showroom and provide instruction on care and use of the products we carry."
The Roth Concept Center is located in the Foothill Village on the upper level.