NY Rapid Fire Announced


Now Accepting Entries for the Rapid Fire Challenge: Meatless Monday Edition


NEW YORK, NY November 5, 2018 – The 2019 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York and Healthy Food Expo New York will be offering an exciting competition for chefs to enter and have the chance to win $1,000, bragging rights and gain exposure to over 100 media outlets as well as 14,000 industry peers.  The Rapid Fire Challenge: Meatless Monday Edition is looking for leading chefs to compete at the Expos, taking place at the Javits Convention Center, March 3-5, 2019. Entries can be sent to Patricia Copela at pcopela@urban-expo.com. The Rapid Fire Challenge is accepting entries throughout the month of November so act fast and submit a meatless dish by November 30, 2018.


“The Rapid Fire Challenge is always a highlight of our Center Stage and we encourage all chefs to submit an entry of a delicious dish that is meatless,” said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Portfolio.  “We thank Total Foodservice, Meatless Monday and our esteemed judges, Fabio Viviani, Maria Loi, Peggy Neu and Gennaro Pecchia, for their participation in making this event entertaining and exciting.  We look forward to narrowing down the top three through our Facebook voting and tasting their creative meatless dishes onsite in March.  May the best chef win.”


The Rapid Fire Challenge: Meatless Monday Edition will take place on Monday, March 4, 2019 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Chefs and restaurants are invited to submit their finest and most creative meatless dish. Submissions must include the recipe for a dish and a 1-2 minute video, plus a bio and headshot of the chef. All entries will be entered on the trade show’s Facebook Page for peer voting, and the final three competitors will be announced on Thursday, December 12, 2018. The competitors will be asked to present a 20-minute demo of their meatless dish to a panel of three esteemed industry judges and live audience who will vote on the winner and crown the Rapid Fire Champion. Please note chefs must be available to compete on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York. For more information about the Rapid Fire Challenge visit https://www.internationalrestaurantny.com/rapid-fire-challenge.


The judges for the Rapid Fire Challenge are Maria Loi, Chef, Greek Food Ambassador, Author, Healthy Lifestyle Expert; Peggy Neu, President, The Monday Campaigns; Gennaro Pecchia, Partner, @aosbysosa / Co-host @rolandsfoodcourt @siriusxm, and Fabio Viviani, Chef/Culinary Personality/Restaurateur/Cookbook Author.  The event is sponsored by Total Foodservice Magazine and supported by Meatless Monday.


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, several culinary demonstrations, and hundreds of leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community.  For more information, visit www.internationalrestaurantny.com.


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 (www.clarionux.com), and sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association (www.nysra.org).  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. www.clarionux.com


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