November 18, 2019


Submissions Being Accepted Until Monday, December 2, 2019
NEW YORK, NY, November 18, 2019 - This year's Rapid Fire Challenge theme is Desserts and all Chefs are encouraged to get creative and submit their most delicious and creative dessert for a chance to be crowned the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show Rapid Fire Champion, receive $1,000, and bragging rights.  The event takes place Monday, March 9, 2020 from 3:30-5:00 pm on Center Stage at the Javits Center in New York City.  Submissions for Rapid Fire are being accepted through December 2, 2019 and  must be sent to Patricia Copela at  Guidelines for submissions can be found here.
“The Rapid Fire Challenge has become a must see event during the International Restaurant Show and we invite local chefs to compete and be recognized for their creative desserts.  We thank our professional judges, our partner Total Food Service and our sponsor Boldric,” said Tom Loughran, Vice President, Clarion UX Food & Beverage Group. “We are looking forward to receiving the dessert recipes local chefs enter and seeing who our loyal social media audience selects to compete live during the Show.”
Submissions must include the title and recipe for the dessert, and a 1-2 minute video to be posted on the Show’s Facebook page for peer voting which will take place December 4-11.  The final three competitors will be announced on Thursday, December 12, and they must be available to compete in New York on Monday, March 9. 
The event is sponsored by Boldric, who will provide the top three chefs who compete with a classic apron to wear and keep and supported by Total Food Service publication.   The 2020 Rapid Fire Challenge judges include Gennaro Peccia, Partner, @aosbysosa/co-host @rolandfoodcourt @SiriusXM; Jansen Chan, Director of Pasty Operations, International Culinary Center; and Dara Bliss Davenport, Corporate Chef, Special Events Director, Private Dining/Catering Manager, Loi Estiatorio.
The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show is produced and managed by Clarion UX, and sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association.  The event will be co-located with Coffee Fest and the Healthy Food Expo New York and all attendees have access to all three events. 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; Tulsa, OK; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ.