Rapid Fire Challenge

2021 RAPID FIRE CHALLENGE: PLANT BASED EDITION

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 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 plant-based meals! 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 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Rapid Fire Champion, receive $1,000, bragging rights and gain exposure to over 100 media outlets including the Food & Beverage Magazine, Nation's Restaurant News, local television and radio affiliates, as well as, thousands of industry professionals!

 

OUR 2021 RAPID FIRE EMCEE...SHAUN O'NEALE!

Shaun O’Neale exploded onto the culinary scene in September 2016 when he claimed the title of America’s best home cook and was named Season 7 Champion of MasterChef on FOX.  He graduated from reality star to culinary star in May 2017 with the release of his debut cookbook “My Modern American Table”. 

During his season of MasterChef, Shaun won over the palates of Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck with his bold flavors and flawless presentation.  He carried the same techniques that earned him a record-setting eight wins in the MasterChef kitchen through to the completion of his cookbook.  “My Modern American Table” teaches other home cooks how to recreate Shaun’s upscale, modern American dishes like his lobster ravioli and salted caramel chocolate tart. 

For the past 20 years, Shaun has been orchestrating dance floors as a DJ with the highlight of his career culminating on New Year’s Eve 2011 as he became the first DJ to perform on Las Vegas Blvd in front of over 100,000 people.  Beginning in Tampa, FL and now calling Las Vegas, NV home, Shaun has taken the same skills and determination that helped him to become a successful DJ and used them to start the next phase of his life as the next up-and-coming culinary star. 

Shaun is a self-taught chef who educated himself by reading cookbooks, studying the history of food and traveling the globe to absorb different cultures and flavors.  As he continues his world-wide travels promoting his cookbook and building his brand as DJ/Chef/Author, Shaun will continue to work hard for his fans and the people who support him and look forward to joining him on his culinary journey.

Click here to learn more about Shaun

 

Our 2021 Judges!

Ingrid Gangestad,
Owner/President
St. Croix Culinary Consulting

Irene Moore
Food, Wine, Travel & Luxury Lifestyle Writer
Les Dames d'Escoffier

Interested in being a judge or supporting the Rapid Fire Challenge Competition?

Please contact Lauren Selman for more details: lauren.selman@ifbta.org or 301.651.5152