Miami, October, 29, 2013. Professional chefs from top Miami restaurants and hotels, as well as culinary teams from South America will compete for the title of “Best Chef of the Americas” at the VIII Americas Chef Competition Oct. 28 and 29.
The two-day competition will be held on the tradeshow floor of the 17th Americas Food & Beverage Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The slate of chefs includes international and South Florida-based culinary professionals.
Culinary Teams Individual Chefs
Surfcomber Hotel, Miami Beach Canyon Ranch, Miami Beach
Pescados Mexicanos, Mexico Gigi, Miami
Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach Global Imports & Exports, Clearwater
Divino Ceviche Peruvian Restaurant, Miami Bridges of America, Miami
ACF Private Chefs, Port Charlotte and Miramar Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando
Capital Grille, Miami Aji Gusto, Bolivia
Le Cordon Bleu, Fort Lauderdale ACF Private Chef, North Miami Beach
Open Stage Club, Coral Gables Private Chef, West Palm Beach
The VIII Americas Chef Competition is sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and will be judged by a panel of ACF accredited chefs. Winning teams and chefs will receive medals and cash prizes.
Nationally renowned chef David St. John Grubb will chair the competition. St. John-Grubb is founder of FoodWorks International, academic director for Culinary Arts for Don Ignacio Culinary Arts School and chair of the board of the ACF Greater Miami Chapter Epicurean Club. Joining St. John Grubb are Chef Roland E. Schaeffer, a retired senior chef for Heinz who has won many culinary awards, including several gold medals and an honorary diploma from the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung; Chef Steve Jayson, corporate executive chef in charge of Food Services for Universal Parks and Resorts Worldwide and Chef Tony Lauri, executive chef at the University of Miami and an avid participant in chef competitions.
Products for this year’s competition will be provided courtesy of Larry Kline Meats. Edd Helms Group will provide the electricity and Lowe’s Home Improvement will provide the kitchen equipment.
The chef’s competition is a key part of the World Trade Center Miami’s 17th Americas Food and Beverage Show, which will feature 500 exhibitors, including food producers from 22 countries. The two-day show includes food and product demonstrations, and restaurant and trade seminars. The show is the largest food trade event in the Western Hemisphere, generating millions in recorded sales and helping some 125,000 businesses expand into new markets in the past 17 years.
2012 Americas Food and Beverage Show Numbers (2011 Stats)
- 471 booths (388 booths)
- 385 exhibitors (365 exhibitors)
- $150 million expected sales ($135 million in actual sales)
- 10,000+ buyers or small business representatives (7,041)
The Americas Food and Beverage is a trade-only event that is closed to the general public. Attendee registration and media is open at www.americasfoodandbeverage.com.