NRA Announces All-Star Chef Line-up for 2014 World Culinary Showcase

Celebrity chefs  are prepping to dish out their tips and tricks to showcase their culinary talents at the World Culinary Showcase at this year’s 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event at NRA Show(IWSB). Guest attendees will have the opportunity to learn from acclaimed chefs such as Maxime Bilet, co-author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking; Top Chef Masters contestants Rick Bayless, David Burke, Graham Elliot and Art Smith; Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern, as well as Food Network stars Claire Robinson, Robert Irvine, Marc Forgione; and more.

“We are incredibly excited about this year’s line-up of talented chefs – as well as our revamped culinary stage,” says Sam Facchini, convention chair for NRA Show 2014 and co-founder and co-owner of Metro Pizza. “The new stage will provide an even greater opportunity to interact with these renowned chefs – to learn, laugh, and be inspired by practical knowledge and skills that operators can take home and apply to their own businesses. I invite all of our attendees to stop by World Culinary Showcase while they are here to experience it for themselves.”

The World Culinary Showcase, running all four days of the NRA Show, will feature chefs from across the country with a wide range of culinary specialties. See here for a look at last year’s World Culinary Showcase. This year’s talent includes:

Rick Bayless–Winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and multiple James Beard award winner

Maxime BiletForbes “30 under 30” for the food and wine industry in 2012

David Burke–Top Chef Masters contestant and chef/owner of restaurant empire across New York, Chicago, Connecticut, New Jersey and Colorado

Maneet Chauhan–Chopped judge, Iron Chef challenger and James Beard Award winner

Graham Elliot– Acclaimed chef, restaurateur and television personality; three-time James Beard Award nominee; Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters competitor; judge on Fox’s MasterChef

Marc Forgione–Chef/owner of the Michelin-starred Restaurant Marc Forgione; winner of “The Next Iron Chef;” creator of the hand-crafted Bloody mix, Batch 22

Robert Irvine–Host of The Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible and Restaurant Express; also seen on Dinner: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America, and The Next Iron Chef

Jehangir Mehta–Participant on Food Network’s Next Iron Chef Redemption and Iron Chef America

Pat Neely– star of Food Network’s Down Home with the Neelys

Claire Robinson–host of 5 Ingredient Fix, a Food Network series featuring fresh recipes made with five ingredients or fewer

Art Smith– two-time James Beard Award recipient; two-time Top Chef Masters contestant

Ming Tsai–James Beard Award-winning chef; Emmy Award-winner, host and executive producer of PBS-TV’s Simply Ming; national spokesperson for the Food Allergy Research and Education organization; member of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Nutrition Round Table;

Andrew Zimmern–Two-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer, teacher; creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World

NRA Show 2014 will be held May 17-20 and IWSB will be held May 18-19 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. To register, please visit Restaurants Rock guests must be registered NRA Show and IWSB attendees and may purchase tickets for $50 here.

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