ORLANDO, FL, August 28, 2018 – Center Stage − an educational, interactive and entertaining area for restaurant and foodservice professionals to stay abreast of what’s hot in the food world – is a feature area at the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show being held Thursday, September 6 to Saturday, September 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Some of the biggest names in culinary arts will present various cooking demonstrations, provide samples to taste, participate in panel discussions and competitions and even offer a yoga class. The Center Stage schedule is below, to access updates click here.

“Our attendees have become accustomed to seeing the most influential names in the restaurant industry on Center Stage and our 2018 event will not disappoint the restaurant and foodservice professionals attending the upcoming Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show,” said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Portfolio, “We are thrilled to be welcoming a terrific line-up of celebrity chefs who are involved with some of the leading restaurants in the country to Center Stage as well as present the Beacon and Torch Awards, and watch two exciting competitions.”

Thursday, September 6: Exhibit Hall open 11 am – 5 pm

  1. Keynote Panel: Iconic Brands Navigating Healthy Change – Hear from iconic brands on how they are navigating “healthy change” to meet rapidly evolving consumer preferences with Anita Jones, President and Founder of Healthy Dining (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

  2. Torch Award Presentation and Culinary Demonstration with Allen Susser, Owner and Chef at Chef Allen’s Consulting, will receive this year’s Torch Award, recognizing his outstanding leadership, philanthropic efforts, extraordinary talent and innovation. Following the award presentation, he will demonstrate and prepare “Wild Florida Shrimp with Mango Curry and Ancient Grains”, a dish that represents many of his passions. (1:00 pm- 2:00 pm)

  3. Culinary Demonstration with Chef Fabio Viviani – Join Chef Fabio Viviani, “Fan Favorite” on Bravo’s Top Chef, Host of “Fabio’s Kitchen” and author of critically acclaimed cookbooks for his demonstration of his “Fresh Fettuccini with Roasted Pine Nuts and Basil Pesto.” (2:00 pm – 3:15 pm)

  4. Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender – Cheer on the finalists that were chosen to compete and battle their creative drink