A highlighted feature of the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo - Center Stage is an educational, interactive and entertaining area for restaurant and foodservice professionals who want to stay abreast of what's hot in the food world. Come see our featured chefs, watch their cooking demonstrations and taste their samples! 

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2022 Center Stage Line Up

CULINARY DEMONSTRATION WITH CHEF MAREYA IBRAHIM

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 11:30 AM, CENTER STAGE
ABOUT MAREYA IBRAHIM

ABOUT MAREYA IBRAHIM

Mareya Ibrahim is “The Fit Foodie” - a natural products industry expert, chef, holistic nutrition coach, award-winning entrepreneur/ inventor, and author of The Clean Eating Handbook, along with the #1 best-seller Eat Like You Give a Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive (St. Martin’s Griffin). She is the founder of Grow Green Industries, Inc. and the creator of the Eat Cleaner® line of plant-based food wash and wipes. She is also a signature chef and key contributor to the NY Times best-seller The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mark Hyman. Since 2011, she has inspired and informed Southern California residents through the “Fit Foodie” column in Edible Orange County Magazine. In addition to providing a growing catalog of more than 500 original how-to cooking videos on YouTube, she is a featured chef on The Food Network, eHow.com, LiveStrong.com, and the Emmy-nominated show “Recipe Rehab.” She is also a recognized media personality and speaks regularly about wellness, food and industry trends. Find out more at www.mareyaibrahim.com

RAISE THE BAR: BUILDING THE RIGHT TEAM & COCKTAIL MENUS TO KEEP YOUR CUSTOMERS THIRSTY FOR MORE!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2022, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, CENTER STAGE
This must-attend seminar will include discussion, demonstrations, and deep dives into menu creation from top experts in the hospitality industry. These experts will walk you through the essential components that are needed to ensure your establishment is delivering the customer experience necessary to be successful. Build an environment for your bar staff to thrive in by offering structured training programs that motivate and build confidence while delivering consistency and increasing guest spending. Elevate the guest experience with a cocktail menu that highlights unique, seasonal ingredients and offers something for everyone. Identify the trends you should continue to embrace and the ones you should step away from.  
Staying ahead of the curve ensures your business has a competitive advantage. As customers’ expectations rise, so should your team, signature menu, and business!

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Art Sutley, Nightlife & Hospitality Expert, Director of Strategic Accounts Savage & Cooke Distillery

Art Sutley, Nightlife & Hospitality Expert, Director of Strategic Accounts Savage & Cooke Distillery

Art Sutley, Nightlife & Hospitality Expert, has been in the restaurant/bar space for over 19 years. He was one of the industry experts behind Bar Business Magazine for 13 of them. As an educator in the industry, he speaks at many of the top restaurant and cocktail tradeshows globally. In addition to this he is traveling both locally and internationally to tour top distilleries keeping his pulse on leading cocktail and spirit trends. This has led to Art being featured as a hospitality expert in many of the top global media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Market Watch, Forbes, Forbes Radio, NRC Handelsblad, Supercall.com, Thrillist, AOL.com, Bonfort’s Wine & Spirits Journal, DrinkMe, Fox News, Fox Business and What’s Eating NYC. Art has also appeared on the Paramount Network’s hit TV Show Bar Rescue as a Recon Expert assisting host and industry expert Jon Taffer. Most recently Art has joined the team at Savage & Cooke Distillery owned by famed winemaker David Phinney
Mia Mastroianni, Celebrity Mixologist, Consultant as seen on Bar Rescue

Mia Mastroianni, Celebrity Mixologist, Consultant as seen on Bar Rescue

With over 15 years of experience in the service industry from Boston to Miami, Mia Mastroianni became one of the founding bartenders of Soho House West Hollywood – the private members-only club where she remained a well-respected and often requested mixologist for the who's who of Hollywood until 2016. Known for her tall figure and sassy fun attitude, “Tall Mia” has also opened Soho House locations in Miami Beach, FL and in Toronto, Canada - training their respective bar staffs on giving the highest quality of service, implementing proper technique, and executing incredible cocktails.  Her expertise led her to be cast as an expert mixologist on highly rated TV show "Bar Rescue".  Working directly with host Jon Taffer, she has assisted in the rescuing of numerous bars across America, from Philadelphia , PA to Norwalk, CA. Mia stays current with industry and consumer trends by attending and speaking at various seminars and conferences, and continues her education in the spirits industry by traveling both locally and internationally to various distilleries. Mia’s also been a bar consultant on various feature films and regularly consults on new bar programs. 
Phil Wills, Owner/Partner, The Spirits In Motion© Consultant as seen on Bar Rescue

Phil Wills, Owner/Partner, The Spirits In Motion© Consultant as seen on Bar Rescue

Has been in the bar/restaurant business for over 20 years. He is the current owner/partner of The Spirits in Motion, a nationally recognized bar and beverage consultancy. He has worked in all types of locations from your corporate restaurants, small local bars, major night clubs, to your craft bars and high end mixology establishments. He was involved in flair bartending for over 10 years. These have led to Phil being featured in multiple conference engagements such as Nightclub Bar Show, Vibe Conference, The Flavor Experience, and Tales of the Cocktail.  Phil has been featured in multiple media outlets and talk shows/morning shows across the U.S. creating cocktails. Also currently one of the Bar Experts/Mixologist on the highly rated TV Show Bar Rescue being utilized to deliver revenue generating cocktail programs for failing establishments.

CULINARY DEMONSTRATION WITH CHEF SHAUN O'NEALE

MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2022, 11:30 AM, CENTER STAGE

ABOUT SHAUN O'NEALE

ABOUT SHAUN O'NEALE

Shaun O’Neale is a world-recognized chef currently residing in Las Vegas, NV.  A former DJ, Shaun was crowned Season 7 Champion of MasterChef on FOX in 2016 and completed his first cookbook in 2017 titled “My Modern American Table”.  He is a self-taught chef who developed his upscale, modern American style of cooking by reading cookbooks and traveling the world.
Since his MasterChef win, Shaun has been traveling and performing at some of the most recognizable culinary events all over the world.  As of the end of 2018, he has traveled to over 35 US cities and 7 countries including Italy, Ireland, Canada, the Caribbean and Costa Rica.  Shaun will also have performed at over 80 food festivals, expos and events with one of the highlights being a returning celebrity chef at both Disneyland’s and Disney World’s annual food festivals.  Shaun has worked with both MLB and NHL teams creating menus for their luxury suites.  He is a member of Macy’s Culinary Council and has performed several cooking demos with them throughout the US.
Shaun’s talents spread far beyond the entertainment world as he became Newcastle Brown Ale’s first culinary chef ambassador in 2018.  He was the only MasterChef winner to be featured on two additional seasons of the show, not including hosting the MasterChef Celebrity Showdown in 2017.  Shaun has also made appearances on Home and Family, Best in Food and starred in his own commercial for Morningstar Farms.
Shaun has strong ties in the culinary community and was married to his wife by none other than Chef Gordon Ramsay himself.  Beyond the kitchen, Shaun is passionate about traveling and reading up on culture and history.  His future plans include opening his first restaurant in his home city of Las Vegas, NV. 

CULINARY DEMONSTRATION WITH CHEF MELISSA COTTINGHAM 

MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2022, 2:30 PM, CENTER STAGE

ABOUT MELISSA COTTINGHAM

ABOUT MELISSA COTTINGHAM

Enthusiastic about cultural cuisines, Chef Mel believes that the best way to learn about a culture is to join them in their kitchen. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee she began cooking alongside her mother at the age of twelve, but recently unlocked that young passion and made it a career. She is currently a private chef and owner of a pop up restaurant called Melnificent Wingz. Chef Mel has been featured in numerous publications including Complex Magazine, Infatuation LA, and Yelp. She has also been featured on ABC's Supermarket Sweep, Spectrum 1 News, Tastemade's Frankie vs The Internet and will be appearing on a pending new Food Network Show. She has graced the palates of some of your favorite entertainers including: Tracee Ellis Ross, Marsai Martin, Larenz Tate, Wayne Brady, KevOnStage and many more. With a smile and personality that can't help but charm you, Chef Mel's greatest pleasure will always be bringing people back to the dinner table and giving them hugs from the inside out.

CULINARY DEMONSTRATION WITH CHEF LAUREN LAWLESS

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2022, 11:30 AM, CENTER STAGE
ABOUT LAUREN LAWLESS

ABOUT LAUREN LAWLESS

Chef Lauren Lawless has been living by her motto of inspiring the world one plate a time. Her journey as a TV personality, personal chef, author, and caterer have allowed her to create a unique global cooking style that is truly FLAWLESS. She has appeared on shows such as Masterchef, Travel Channel's Best in Food as well as Food Network's Supermarket Stakeout where she won the grand prize and title of Supermarket Stakeout Champion. Lawless has also made appearances on multiple news stations, radio stations, newspapers, and magazines. She most recently appeared on season 19 of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen where she made the top ten and finale. Chef Lawless just recently released her first Autobiography/Cookbook called Flawless Cuisine: Inspiring The World One Plate at a Time, sharing stories and recipes for all to enjoy. Chef Lawless plans on opening a second restaurant by this summer with a new partner. The new lounge/club/restaurant is called METE Supperclub, pronounced MEET, an Asian fusion style restaurant with gourmet cuisine. Some of the menu items include hot rocks with sizzling wagyu and miso truffle butter, char grilled oysters, a mystery bento box, sushi, bao bun flight, lobster corn dogs, cotton candy cocktails, and so much more!

CULINARY DEMONSTRATION WITH CHEF DEANNA "BOMB CHICA" COLON

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2022, 1:00 PM, CENTER STAGE
ABOUT DEANNA "BOMB CHICA" COLON

ABOUT DEANNA "BOMB CHICA" COLON

Deanna was raised in an Italian restaurant North of Boston by her Parents, Nicola & Mary. For years she learned authentic Italian cuisine in the family restaurant and at home.
Early on Deanna discovered her talents for music, so at 18, cooking took a backseat. She was awarded a full tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music. After graduation, she left the family business and pursued a career in entertainment. Deanna was a quarter semifinalist of Season 8 of America’s Got Talent, has written and sung on over 200 songs for Radio, TV and Film- including a Top 3 Billboard hit and has sung backgrounds for and with some of the world’s biggest artists, producers and songwriters such as Celine Dion, David Foster, Justin Bieber, Diane Warren and Nick Jonas to name a few! 
Deanna auditioned for MasterChef Season 10 and won a coveted white apron from Judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Aarón Sánchez to make the Top 20. Inspired by her time on MasterChef, Deanna decided to take her creativity to the plate! She realized food is entertainment as well. 
Deanna was a Judge & Chef on 5 episodes of SLING’s show Hot Mess Express. She creates online content across social media and teaches cooking classes privately and virtually through TakeLessons and Eatwith. Deanna was cast as a Chef in an online ad for Facebook/Oculus, as well as appearing in an ad for Imperfect Foods. Her partnerships include Sphericator by Cedar Lane, Imperfect Foods, OneHope Wine, Girl’s Life Magazine, Keto Krate, Boos Blocks and ChefUniforms.
Deanna is an entertaining dynamo! Whether on stage or on a plate, Deanna oozes BIG FLAVOR!. She Cooks. She Sings. She Entertains. She's the host doing the MOST!