Western Food Expo – Rapid Fire Challenge

The 2016 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo will feature a new competition this year – the Rapid Fire Challenge: Appetizer Edition. The competition takes place in addition to 30+ complimentary seminars and culinary demonstrations that are part of the event’s Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum education program.

For the event, chefs from the southern California area were invited to submit their best appetizer featuring a local ingredients –bread, meat, cheeses, spices or whatever their secret ingredient is– and three finalists were chosen to compete on stage at the event for the chance to win $1,000 and the title of champion. The face-off will take place Sunday, August 28 on the Western Food Expo Culinary Demonstration Theater Stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Chef’s Roll readers are invited to attend the event as our guest when they register here and use code CHEFSROLL.


Be sure to attend the event and help the judges crown the champ through the audience portion of the voting. Find more information on the judges and competitors below:


Bernard Guillas, Executive Chef, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

Curtis Cooke, Executive Chef, Cal-a-Vie

Dana Dare, Executive Chef, Lawry’s

Competing Chefs:

Tore Trupiano, Dominic’s at the Harbor

Lusy Gradzhyan, Lusy’s Meditteranean Cafe & Grill

Jodi Taffel, The Bacon Babe

Dining Out editor Josh Kopelman and Leoness Cellars Chef de Cuisine Amanda Martin among other faces at the 2015 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo.

The 2015 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo in Los Angeles, California.

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