Culinary Demonstration Theater

A highlighted feature of the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo - the Culinary Demonstration Theater is an educational, interactive and entertaining area for restaurant and foodservice professionals who want to stay abreast of what's hot in the food world. Come see our featured chefs, watch their cooking demonstrations and taste their samples!

Don't miss these featured presentations:

  • Torch Award presentation to Thomas Keller, Chef and Proprietor, The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group
  • NEW Rapid Fire Challenge: Appetizer Edition face-off

Check out our entire 2016 Line-up:

Sunday, August 28

12:00PM - 12:45PM
David Adir, The Carving Board
Spaghetti & Meatballwich

David Adir is the co-owner of The Carving Board along with his brothers who feel food should have a sense of adventure. The Carving Board is a place where great ingredients and unique ideas meet - the highest quality ingredients at a reasonable price. 

1:00PM - 3:00PM
NEW Rapid Fire Challenge: Appetizer Edition

It’s time for the ultimate showdown. After many submissions, 3 chefs will take the stage to be named the Rapid Fire Competition: Appetizer Edition Champion! The three chefs will demonstrate their dish and provide samples for the judges and the audience. Each dish will also feature a local ingredient – cheese, bread, protein, sauce – whatever their secret ingredient is! Help choose the judges choose the winner through the Audience Choice portion of the voting. Only one will be named the Champ!

Chef Competitors:

Tore Trupiano,
Dominic's at the Harbor
Lusy Gradzhyan, Lusy's Mediterranean Cafe & Grill Jodi Taffel,
The Bacon Babe


Bernard Guillas, 
The Marine Room
Curtis Cooke, 
Dana Dare, Lawry’s The Prime Rib

Sponsored by Dining Out San Diego

Monday, August 29

1:00PM - 2:00PM
Torch Award Presentation to Thomas Keller, Chef and Proprietor, Thomas Keller Restaurant Group

3:30PM - 4:15PM
Joseph Johnson, Charcoal

Chef Joseph was mentored by Josiah Citrin, Chef/Owner of Melisse before taking on the position of Chef de Cuisine at Charcoal, Citrin's new restaurant. Johnson previously worked under Paul Shoemaker at Savory and graduated from the California School of Culinary Arts. 

Tuesday, August 30

12:00PM - 12:45PM
Kristen “Krimsey” Ramsey, Krimsey’s Cali-Cajun & Salar Sheik, Savory Hospitality

Chef Kristen will explain the Importance of Including Vegan & Vegetarian Options on your Menu as the Main Dish. She will show us Vegan Jambalaya with Housemade Vegan Sausage.

1:00PM - 1:45PM
Zov Karamardian, Zov's

Chef Zov Karamardian serves the finest Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Armenian cuisine at her Restaurants in Tustin, Newport Coast
& Irvine, California.