A highlighted feature of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show - Center Stage is an educational, interactive and entertaining area for restaurant and foodservice professionals who want to stay up to date in the industry. Come see our featured chefs, watch their cooking demonstrations and taste their samples.
While attending the expo, be sure to stop by our Product Showcase on the exhibit floor to see the EXPANDED area and to satisfy your taste for innovation and the newest products! The Product Showcase is your first look at the latest and greatest products in the industry.
Ice Carving Demonstration
Ice Pro's team of talented carvers are going to push the limits of what you can do with ice. Join us for a team competition where they will spend 2 hours carving. Winners will be chosen by the audience. Don't forget to stop by the Ice Pro Chill Lounge, the coolest place on the show floor.
The Torch Award
The Torch Award, presented by The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association was created to honor outstanding chefs and/or restaurateurs who embody Illumination, Energy, Joy, Victory, Enlightenment, Hope and Education.
The Foodservice Council for Women has created a platform for women in the food and beverage industry to connect, share, inspire and learn from on another. The panel features women leaders in the foodservice industry who are transforming the hospitality industry with their outstanding contributions.
The Beacon Award
The Beacon Award recognizes a woman leader who has truly served as a Beacon for our industry through her leadership, contributions, and inspiration. The word Beacon symbolizes many things including a person that illuminates or inspires. Join us to congratulate this year's honoree!
Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender Competition
Battle of the Modern Bartneder Competition comes to life at the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show. Bartenders compete live at Center Stage for a chance at $1,000. Stay tuned for more information about our 2021 Hip Sip competition.
This year's Rapid Fire Challenge theme is Meatless Monday! Let's get meatless! Bring on your favorite dishes minus the meat! Chefs are encouraged to bring on the veggies, get creative and be ready for your one shining moment!
The Coaches "Hot Seat"
The Coaches "Hot Seat" is not for the faint of heart. Only the brave can withstand the lightening fast session of rapid-fire coaching from 3 of the industries top coaches. Get the early, as volunteers will be selected at the beginning of the event.