Events on StarChefs schedule
all show days

Friday, October 22nd
10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday, October 23rd
11:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, October 24th
11:00pm - 4:00pm

Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Before August 27th - $25

After August 27th - $40

Admission is for trade and business visitors only.

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Visit StarChefs at Booth #1288


Florida Restaurant Show Has Been Rescheduled for October 22nd - 24th 2004

The Florida Restaurant Show offers a comprehensive marketplace for foodservice and hospitality industry professionals in the Southeast. This year the show will host 600 exhibiting companies representing thousands of products and services. Over 15,000 industry professionals will attend the show, which will be held at the Orange County Convention Center from October 22 - 24. This year’s featured speaker is Frank W. Abagnale, of Catch Me if You Can fame.


Thursday, October 21st

2004 FRA Show Gala Party at Hard Rock Live 7:30 – 10:30 pm
Celebrate with Florida's restaurant industry leaders at an exciting evening of networking, great food and fun at Hard Rock Live. The evening will include the presentation of the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award to Jack and Claire Miller of Ale House Restaurants and the 2004 Supplier of the Year Award to representatives from Heartland Payment Systems. Enjoy live music and the sounds of the Caribbean. Single tickets are $59 per person, which includes complimentary food and beverage. Group packages are also available. For more information on this event or the After Hours Party at the Latin Quarter in CityWalk immediately following the Gala, please call Shelly at (888) 372-9119 ext. 252

Friday, October 22nd
10:00am - 5:00pm

Featured Speaker: Frank Abagnale 8:30 am-11:30 am
Frank W. Abagnale, of Catch Me if You Can fame, will talk about how to protect your organization from embezzlement, forgery, counterfeit currency, check fraud, identity theft and Internet fraud. He will discuss the latest sophisticated white-collar crime techniques made easy by technology, as well as your organization's potential liability under the new Uniform Commercial Code. Mr. Abagnale will also describe ways to guard against check fraud and introduce the latest document features, equipment, and banking tools to gain an edge in this costly battle. Space is limited so be sure to arrive early! Sponsored by Discover Business Services.

R.L. Schreiber's Apprentice/Junior Member Florida State Championship
A four-person team event that incorporates practical and contemporary cooking skills and hot-food cooking. Teams will develop and prepare a four-course signature meal for four persons with appropriate garnishes. Awards (cash prizes of up to $500 and team trophies) will be given on Friday, September 10, directly following the competition.

Saturday, October 23rd
11:00am - 5:00pm

Florida's Salute to Excellence Awards Luncheon and Keynote Address 11:30 am
Jack Miller, founder of Ale House Restaurants, Inc., a Florida-based chain with over 35 units, will give the Keynote Address. In addition, Florida's future foodservice leaders will be recognized for their achievements. Call (888) 372-9119 for more information on attending.

Land O'Lakes Hot Food Competition
The competition is open to all chefs (ACF and non-ACF). Eighteen (18) individuals will compete. Each competitor will be responsible for creating four (4) portions of a signature recipe using Land O’ Lakes products. Cash prizes, keepsake plaques and ACF Medals will be awarded

Laboratorio Tortellini & Ciao Imports- Pasta Competition
Ten (10) individuals ACF and non-ACF chefs will develop a signature pasta recipe. Cash Prizes and ACF medals will be awarded.

Sunday, October 24th
11:00am - 4:00pm

Taste of Elegance Signature Pork Recipe
Hot Food Competition Sponsored by the Iowa Pork Board
Twenty (20) individual ACF and non-ACF chefs will develop a main entree utilizing whole muscle pork. Cash prizes, keepsake plaques and ACF Medals will be awarded

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R&I Menu New Product Showcase
New Product entries will be showcased in the registration area. The newest and most ingenious products in the Showcase will be awarded prizes on Saturday, September 11th.

NDC Proudly Presents Vintners Valley
A large assortment of wines and special tasting events await your review. Sample and compare products, and find the ones to add more margin to your business. Sponsored by NDC and Sante.

World-Class Culinary Competitions
Managed and organized by the American Culinary Federation (ACF)/Central Florida Chapter (CFC) in conjunction with the Florida Restaurant Association.

ShowTenders Bartending Competition
Local bartenders mix up the most unique and tasty energy competition. Spectators will enjoy a variety of fun cocktails with the latest flavors. Competitors vie for cash prizes based on showmanship, speed and accuracy.

6th Annual Culinary Super Challenge Team Competition
Sponsored by the Florida Beef Council, Land O’ Lakes, Jennie-O & McIlhenny Tabasco, ACF and non-ACF Chef teams will be responsible for creating four (4) signature courses: appetizer, soup or salad, entree (must be made using beef) and dessert. Grand prize includes a $15,000 cash prize and state-of-the-art Rational CPC Banqueting System oven.

Chef's Table Luncheon, Sponsored by Land O’ Lakes
Join us for a four-course surprise lunch served right on the show floor. Tickets are $30 each. Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm, Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12. To reserve your place, visit

Pastry Challenge
ACF and non-ACF chefs will develop centerpieces made out of sugar and chocolate. Cash prizes and ACF Medals will be awarded.

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 Published: August 2004