Do You Have The Best Sandwich In The Area?

Three chefs put their food to the test at the 2017 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo for the chance to win $1,000! 




Pictured above (left to right) are competitors Chef Max Schlutz, Chef Paul Cao (winner) and Chef Steven Agosto. Chef Cao won with his Burnt Crumbs Fried Chicken Sandwich, as judged by Chefs Shirley Chung, Brian Huskey and Katsuji Tanabe of Top Chef Fame.

In honor of National Sandwich Month we looked for the best sandwich at the 2017 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo!  Over the month of July, chefs all over the country submitted their recipes for their best sandwich along with a short video on why they should be crowned the Rapid Fire Champion! From the submissions, 3 chefs were chosen to face-off live in our Center Stage (where the likes of Emeril Lagasse, the Too Hot Tamales, Thomas Keller, Guy Fieri and more have cooked), and put their sandwiches to the test by demonstrating their recipe and providing tastes for the audience and three esteemed judges.

The 2017 Rapid Fire Challenge was presented by...  



The 2017 Rapid Fire Sandwich Judges 


Chef Shirley Chung 

Steamers Co.

"Top Chef" Season 11 & 14

Chef Brian Huskey 

Tackle Box 

"Top Chef" Season 11 

Chef Katsuji Tanabe

Mexikosher Restaurant 

"Top Chef" Season 12 & 14


Moderated by Teri Williams, publisher and editor in chief of Great Taste Magazine:



Learn more about the 2017 Rapid Fire Challengers and check out their videos in our playlist HERE:

Chef Paul Cao 

Burnt Crumbs

Burnt Crumbs Fried Chicken Sandwich

Chef Steven Agosto

Kelsey's at Pechanga Casino & Resort 

Smoked Lechon Sandwich 

Chef Max Schlutz

Sessions West Coast Deli 

Summer Zephyr Sandwich

The winner was crowned the Western Food Expo Rapid Fire Champion of 2017 and received $1,000, along with exposure to over 100 media outlets including the LA Times, Dining Out San Diego, Huffington Post and local television affiliates - not to mention 10,000 of their industry peers!




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