Beacon/Torch Award Announcement


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NEW YORK, NY, October 29, 2018 – The 2019 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York will present its annual Torch and Beacon Awards to two very deserving and inspirational chefs. The Torch Award will be presented to Marcus Samuelsson, acclaimed chef of restaurants such as Red Rooster Harlem, Red Rooster Shoreditch, and Marcus B&P, and the Beacon Award will be presented to Amanda Cohen, chef and owner of Dirt Candy. The awards will be presented at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, taking place at the Javits Center Sunday, March 3 through Tuesday, March 5. For more information about the trade show and conference and to register for this year’s event, visit  


“Each year we select leaders in the culinary field to receive two prestigious awards and we are thrilled to add Marcus Samuelsson and Amanda Cohen, who truly embody the best of the industry today, to our list of Torch and Beacon Award recipients,” said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Portfolio. “We look forward to honoring them at the upcoming New York event in March where we will bring together thousands of restaurant and foodservice professionals with hundreds of suppliers, making this the largest food and beverage experience in the Northeast.”


The Torch Award was created to honor talented chefs and/or restaurateurs for the brilliance of their careers and the impact they have had on the industry and their surrounding community. This year’s recipient is Marcus Samuelsson, acclaimed chef of restaurants such as Red Rooster Harlem, Red Rooster Shoreditch, and Marcus B&P. He was the youngest person ever to receive a three-star review from the New York Times and was tasked with executing the Obama Administration’s first State dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. A committed philanthropist, Samuelsson also co-produces the annual week-long festival Harlem EatUp!, which celebrates the food, art, and culture of Harlem. Samuelsson is co-chair of the board of directors for Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP).   Marcus joins past recipients including Geoffrey Zakarian, Danny Meyer, Thomas Keller, and others.  The award will be presented on Sunday, March 3 on Center Stage at 2:30 pm.  For more information on the Torch Award, visit


The Beacon Award was created to recognize a woman leader who has truly served as a Beacon for the industry through her leadership, contributions, and inspiration. This year’s winner of the Beacon Award, Amanda Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning vegetable restaurant on New York City's Lower East Side. Dirt Candy became the first vegetarian restaurant in 17 years to receive two stars from the New York Times, was recognized by the Michelin Guide five years in a row, and won awards from Gourmet Magazine, the Village Voice, and many others. Amanda was also the first vegetarian chef to compete on Iron Chef America. Amanda joins past recipients, including Chef Dominique Crenn, City Harvest’s Jilly Stevens, FRLA’s Carol Dover, Chili’s Kelli Valade, Chef Sara Moulton, and others.  The award will be presented on Monday, March 4 on Center Stage.  For more information about the Beacon Award, visit


The 2019 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York will be held Sunday, March 3 - Tuesday, March 5 at the Javits Center in New York. The tradeshow and conference will provide thousands of industry professionals with access to the hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, special events including Hip Sip, Rapid Fire Challenge, several culinary demonstrations, and hundreds of leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community.  For more information, visit


The 26th annual trade show and conference will be co-located with Healthy Food Expo New York and Coffee Fest, and one badge will grant attendees access to all three events offering the largest food & beverage experience in the Northeast. Healthy Food Expo New York will bring attendees access to the latest and greatest healthy products from organic, vegan, gluten-free and allergy-safe to hormone-free, non-GMO, plant-based, low-sodium, low-fat, and more. Coffee Fest will bring all things tea and coffee under one roof to provide attendees with the most innovative products in the industry.


The show is owned and managed by Clarion UX (, and sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association (  Clarion UX produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events.  Clarion UX, which is the U.S. division of Clarion Events, UK, and backed by The Blackstone Group has become one of the fastest growing event companies in the U.S. with aggressive growth through both acquisition and launch.  Clarion acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and super-charging the already rapid growth.  Clarion UX has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ.


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