Rapid Fire Challenge

2019 Rapid Fire Challenge: Meatless Monday Edition

Monday, March 4, 2019, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Center Stage

Let's get meatless! Are you ready to bring on the veggies for a chance to win $1,000?! 

This year's Rapid Fire Challenge theme is Meatless Monday! Bring on your favorite dishes minus the meat! Chefs are encouraged to get creative and be ready for your one shining moment! 

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! In addition, Meatless Monday will write a personality piece about the winner which will be sent in their weekly email newsletter featured on their homepage and promoted via their social media channels. The winning recipe will accompany the piece, and will permanently be included in the Meatless Monday recipe database, crediting the winning chef and linking to his/her website. 

What are you waiting for? Submit today for your chance to win! 


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Thank you to all the chefs who submitted recipes to the challenge and to all of those who voted. We are excited and looking foward to the 2019 competition! Looking foward to seeing you there! 


Lisa Sereda, Executive Chef, Wine Time
Presenting Dish: Walnut "Meat" Stuffed Anaheim Pepper 

Heidi Liv Tompkins, Co-Founder, CFO, Product Development Mgr, Heidi's Health Kitchen 
Presenting Dish: Heidi's Health Kitchen Raw Mock Tuna Recipe

Patricia Washuta, Director of Culinary Services, Executive Chef, and Certified Dietary Manager,
Gentry Park Orlando 

Presenting Dish: Impossible Meatless Kefta


Maria Loi, Chef, Cookbook Author, Greek Food Ambassador, Healthy Lifestyle Expert 

Peggy Neu, President, The Monday Campaigns 

Gennaro Pecchia, Partner, @aosbysosa / Co-host @rolandsfoodcourt @siriusxm

Fabio Viviani
Chef, Culinary Personality, Restaurateur, Cookbook Author 

Rapid Fire Supporters



Congratulations to our Previous Winners!

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 pcopela@urban-expo.com or 203.202.3823