The *NEW* Culinary Innovation Theater offers the opportunity to engage in a whole new way with your colleagues as well as world-renowned chefs, bartenders, and culinary professionals.
A highlighted feature of the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo - the Culinary Innovation Theater 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.
2024 CULINARY INNOVATION THEATER LINEUP COMING SOON!
ABOUT SHAUN O’NEALE
Shaun O'Neale is recognized around the world as the Season 7 Champion of MasterChef on FOX. Not only an award winning chef, Shaun’s skills as a culinary host have landed him appearances on Seasons 8, 9 and 10 & 12 of MasterChef and the MasterChef Celebrity Showdown on FOX, Best in Food on Travel Channel as well as performing cooking demos and acting as a celebrity guest judge on multiple episodes of Home & Family on Hallmark Channel.
ABOUT BILL YE
Chef Bill Yee is the Executive Director for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF CCAC-LA) and former two-term president of the Le Cordon Bleu Alumni Association. He is also the Artistic Director of the Alhambra Performing Arts Center (APAC) and producer of A Taste of Music TV Show featuring local celebrated Chefs during his concerts. He was a Sous Chef at the prestigious Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA for three years and the Omelet Chef at Netflix in Hollywood. He also owns the Alhambra Culinary School and LA Omelets Catering Services. He is the recipient of several local and national Chef awards including the ACF National Presidential Cutting Edge Award.
ABOUT LIDIA FELIX
Chef Lidia Felix CCE is the Vice President for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF-CCAC-LA) and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu. She was the high-tea Chef for 10 years at the Langham Huntington Hotel and owns The 3-spoons Chef company which produces a variety of flavored rim-dip products. She is a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) and is the Culinary Instructor at Cal High School in Whittier.
ABOUT MAREYA IRBAHIM
Mareya Ibrahim is known as ‘The Fit Foodie.’ She’s a chef, nutrition coach, author and award-winning entrepreneur and inventor. Mareya was featured on the Emmy-nominated cooking show, Recipe Rehab for 3 seasons, and has been seen on The Food Network and over 200 TV cooking segments. She is also the founder of eatcleaner.com and the creator of the eatCleaner line of products. Mareya hosts the podcast, "Recipes for Your Best Life” and loves sharing her passion for clean eating with her followers through live events, online cooking classes, her books and her online programs. Her latest book is called, “Eat Like you Give a Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive.” You can find Mareya and lots of fit food 4 thought at eatcleaner.com and on Instagram @eatcleaner.
ABOUT ART SUTLEY
Arthur Sutley is a long-time bar industry expert and insider who is the Director of Northeast & Strategic accounts for Savage & Cooke Distillery. Sutley has been in the restaurant/bar/cocktail space for over 20 years where he most recently was the co-creator of Bar Business Magazine, the hospitality industry's how-to resource, which provided valuable information to the modern-day on-premise owner, manager, and food & beverage director on trends, new products. Sutley, notable for growing businesses and profits for many industry brands led to many high-profile media opportunities where he provided insight to many of the top global media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NRC Handelsblad, Supercall.com, Thrillist, AOL.com, Bonfort's Wine & Spirits Journal, DrinkMe, Fox News, Fox Business and What's Eating NYC. Along with being a featured speaker at many major hospitality and foodservice tradeshows across the US. 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. Sutley will be managing relationships, programing and sales strategy for the Northeast markets along national strategic partnerships across the core portfolio. This will also include the launch of Home School their Blood Orange Manhattan Bottled Cocktail.
ABOUT MIA MASTROIANNI
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.
ABOUT DEANNA "BOMB CHICA" COLÓN
I was born & raised in a suburb of Boston by my Parents who owned an Italian Restaurant. I learned cooking from both of them from a young age but a passion for the stage took me in another direction. I've had a successful career in entertainment industry for years as a Singer/Songwriter/Actor/Vocal Coach/Personality but I auditioned for MasterChef Season 10 and won a coveted white apron to make the TOP 20. That experience took my creativity to a new realm...the kitchen. I want to take my BIG Personality + my BIG passion for food and put it in a place where the entire globe can see it! I hope you enjoy yourself, laugh, learn a new trick or two and are inspired to cook!