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CALLING ALL CHEFS AND BARTENDERS – HERE’S A CHANCE TO WIN $1,000 AT THE WESTERN FOODSERVICE & HOSPITALITY EXPO

CALLING ALL CHEFS AND BARTENDERS – HERE’S A CHANCE TO WIN $1,000 AT THE WESTERN FOODSERVICE & HOSPITALITY EXPO

Now Accepting Entries for Rapid Fire Challenge and Hip Sip Competition – Deadlines Approaching

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 16, 2018 – The 2018 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo will be offering two exciting competitions for chefs and bartenders to enter and have the chance to win $1,000, bragging rights and gain exposure to over 100 media outlets as well as 9,000 industry peers. Both competitions, The Rapid Fire Challenge: Bacon Lovers Edition and Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender are looking for leading chefs and bartenders to compete at the Expo taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, August 19-21, 2018. Entries for both events can be sent to PatriciaCopela at pcopela@urban-expo.com. Act fast: the deadline for the Rapid Fire Challenge is Friday, July 20th and the deadline for the Hip Sip Competition is Friday, July 27th.

The Rapid Fire Challenge: Bacon Lovers Edition will take place on Monday, August 20 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in honor of National Bacon Lover's Day. Chefs and restaurants are invited to submit their finest and most creative dish featuring bacon. Submissions must include the recipe for a dish featuring bacon and a 1-2 minute video, plus a bio and headshot of the chef. All entries will be entered into peer voting and the final three competitors will be announced on July 30th. The competitors will be asked to present a 20-minute demo of their bacon dish to a panel of three esteemed industry judges and live audience who will vote on the winner and crown the Rapid Fire Champion. Please note chefs must be available to compete on Monday, August 20th at the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo. For more information about the Rapid Fire Challenge visithttps://www.westernfoodexpo.com/rapid-fire-challenge-2.

The inaugural Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender is open to any bartender currently working in the bar, restaurant or spirits industry. To enter, bartenders must submit recipes that are expressed in ounces, drops, or dashes and scaled for a single serving. No frozen drinks are permitted in this competition. Applicants must also attach a video submission, no longer than 1-2 minutes, and a photo of the cocktail and recipe is required. Bartenders will be judged based on creativity, use of product, taste, presentation and flair. The nine finalists chosen will be announced on August 15, 2018 and must be available to compete on Sunday, August 19th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm at the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo. The bartenders will battle in their respective spirit category – Gin, Tequila, and Whiskey - and then the three winners of those rounds will advance into a sudden death round for the opportunity to be crowned the overall winner.  For more information about Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender, visit https://www.westernfoodexpo.com/hip-sip-western.

The 2018 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo will be held Sunday, August 19 - Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The tradeshow and conference will provide 9,000+ industry professionals with access to the hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, special events, several culinary demonstrations, and 450+ of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community. The tradeshow and conference, started in 1936 is managed by Clarion UX, (www.clarionux.com) and sponsored by the California Restaurant Association (www.calrest.org). For more information, visit www.westernfoodexpo.com. The 2018 event will be co-located with Coffee Fest and Healthy Food Expo West, and attendees will have access to all three events. 

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