2017 Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show to Present Torch Award to Chef Michelle Bernstein

Trade Show and Conference Rescheduled to October 11-13 in Orlando

Orlando, FL, September 20, 2017 – The 2017 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show is proud to announce that the recipient of this year's TORCH Award, which was 
created to honor talented chefs for the brilliance of their careers and the impact they have had on the industry and their surrounding community, will be Michelle Bernstein, owner/operator of MBC Michelle Bernstein Catering Company,a full-service catering company as well as her wildly popular café concept, Crumb on Parchment. The Torch Award presentation and culinary demonstration by Chef Bernstein will take place on Thursday, October 12 during the 2017 event at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL which is being held from Wednesday, October 11 - Friday, October 13, 2017.   

"We are honored that Michelle Bernstein will be joining us at this year's event," said Tom Loughran, Vice President, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show. "Along with her successful career as a chef and businesswoman, Michelle's strong commitment to giving back to Common Threads, an after-school program for underprivileged kids, made her the obvious choice to be this year's Torch Award recipient."

Chef Michelle Bernstein, a Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, has dazzled diners and critics alike with her sublime cuisine and a personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun.  "My food isn't heavy handed or unnecessarily complicated," says Bernstein, a James Beard Award winner (Best Chef South 2008) and author of Cuisine a Latina (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008).  "You don't need heavy handed technique and over the top presentations to make a dish work. It's about amazing ingredients, layered flavors and simplicity.  My style of cooking is inspired by my own food memories and it's the simple, soulful cooking that I remember from my travels.  I cook the food I love and I think that love translates to the diners."

Bernstein regularly appears on an array of national TV shows, from Top Chef to Good Morning America. Bernstein also hosts the Emmy award-winning PBS weekly television series, Check, Please! South Florida.  Now in its third year, Bernstein also hosts for the weekly TV series on Channel 10, SoFlo Taste, that celebrates the food of South Florida. 

The Torch award presentation will take place at the show's Center Stage Theater where Chef Bernstein will present a culinary demonstration of Mexican Style Shrimp Ceviche Churrasco "Kalbi" with jicama slaw followed by photos and autographs.

In addition, there are several exciting special events scheduled including the Culinary Demonstrations taking place on the Center Stage Theater; the American Culinary Federation Central Florida Chapter will offer several culinary competitions; the Beacon Award Presentation to Carol Dover; the Rapid Fire Challenge: Key Lime Edition; over 30 education sessions including a Why Whiskey? Tasting and a half day seminar on How to Easily Survive Increasing Costs & a Tough Labor Market and the Official Show Party at Cuba Libre on Thursday, October 12.  For a complete schedule of events, click here

The 2017 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (www.frla.org). For more information on exhibiting or attending, visit the official Show website at www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com.  The tradeshow and conference is produced by Urban Expositions, now operating as Clarion UX and owned by Clarion Events, which produces and manages a portfolio of 36 trade and consumer events, serving a range of industry sectors including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Foodservice, Specialty Retail, Gaming, Automotive and Enthusiast Lifestyle, with offices in Kennesaw, GA, Chicago, IL, Trumbull, CT, Portland, OR, and Boca Raton, FL (www.urban-expo.com).

ABOUT CLARION EVENTS -- Clarion Events operates over 180 events in 50 countries from offices in the UK, South Africa, USA, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, UAE, and the Netherlands.  Clarion can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK.  More recently the firm has developed an international portfolio of brands and now has interests in a number of global vertical industries. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness.  www.clarionevents.com


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