Rapid Fire Challenge

2020 Rapid Fire Challenge: Dessert Edition

Monday, March 9, 2020, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Center Stage
Chefs who cater to the sweet-tooth have answered our call! 
The 2020 Rapid Fire Challenge will host the dessert edition. We are looking for the Chef who has the most delicious and creative dessert. The three chefs with the most votes will be invited to the show to compete. The winner will be crowned the New York Restaurant Show Rapid Fire Champion, receive $1,000 and gain exposure to over 100 media outlets including the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Total Food Service as well as thousands of industry professionals! 

Meet your finalists below.. see who you voted for to make it to Center Stage and compete for the
New York Restaurant Show Rapid Fire Champion!
Sponsored and moderated by:        

Co-Sponsored by: 



Brian Yurko, Executive Pastry Chef, Queensyard

Richard Leonardo, Chef de Partie, Daniel Restaurant



Heidi Liv Tompkins, Co-Founder, CFO, Product Development Mgr., Heidi’s Health Kitchen


Meet The Judges:

Gennaro Pecchia
Partner, @aosbysosa / Co-host @rolandsfoodcourt @siriusxm 
Jansen Chan
Director of Pastry Operations, International Culinary Center
Dara Bliss Davenport 
 Corporate Chef, Special Events Director, Private Dining/Catering Manager,
Loi Estiatorio

Congratulations to our Previous Winners!

2019 Rapid Fire Challenge: Meatless Monday Edition

Heidi Liv Tompkins, Co-Founder, CFO, Product Development Mgr, Heidi's Health Kitchen 

2018 Rapid Fire Challenge: Meatball Madness Edition
George Giotsas, Owner of Little Mark's Big BBQ

 2017 Rapid Fire Challenge: Appetizer Edition
Chef Reinhold Paul Teuscher


Please contact Patricia Copela for more details on how to get involved at patricia.copela@clarionevents.com