September 15-16 2019  |  Orange County Convention Center

Rapid Fire Challenge

2018 Rapid Fire Challenge: Chicken, Honey and Beer Edition

Friday, September 7, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Center Stage


Do you love chicken? Honey? Do you love beer with your chicken? Enter for your chance to win a $1,000? 

Callin' all Southerner Chefs! September is known as National Chicken and National Honey month. September 7th is National Beer Lover's Day! In honor of this, the 2018 Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show has decided to challenge Chefs to use these items together and see what chef/restaurant can come up with the most fun and creative dish! Chefs be ready to get creative for your one shining moment! 

The winner will be crowned the Florida Restaurant and 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 20,000 of your industry peers!


Meet the Challengers:

Kevin J. Lugo-Rivera
President - CEO/Founder - Executive Chef, Mannah Inc. 
Presenting Roasted Chicken w/German Beer, Ginger and Peach Jam 

Tavoris Ingram 
Executive Chef, The Twisted Tuna
Presenting Southern Twisted Key Lime Chicken & Waffles 

Patricia Washuta 
Director of Culinary Services, Executive Chef, and Certified Dietary Manager, Gentry Park Orlando
Presenting Honey Beer Fried Chicken 



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.

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Scott Joseph

Owner, Scott Joseph Company; Publisher, Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide 

Emily Ellyn

Retro Rad Television Chef, National Brand Spokesperson & Food Writer 

Jeff Philbin

Chef & Restaurant Consultant; MasterChef Season 8 

Chef Scottish Francis the Donut King

Executive Chef & Owner, Sugar & Water NYC

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

Please contact Patricia Copela for more details: or 203.202.3823