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Saturday, May 19
10:00 am - 11:30 am

The National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show McCormick Place Chicago, IL

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The Art of the Deal at the NRA Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago

A Panel Discussion on Creating Chef-Owner Synergies
Moderated by Antoinette Bruno of

Saturday, May 19
Chicago, Illinois

As part of the NRA Show Education Sessions, Antoinette Bruno, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of, will moderate a panel of chefs and restaurant operators that have seen distinct results from integrating the chef perspective into developing and branding their restaurants. The panel will explore the economic decisions that impact the structure of culinary business deals and how both chefs and equity partners share risks and are compensated for their respective roles. Whether developing their first concept or licensing their fifth franchise, attendees will learn how to propose and structure agreements that satisfy both philosophical and monetary objectives. Learn what the variables are that contribute to a chef's decision to partner with a restaurant owner to develop restaurants with a clearly defined culinary vision. Expert panel to include: Adam Block, founder, Block & Associates; and Michael Kornick, chef-owner, mk Restaurant.

The National Restaurant Association’s Hotel-Motel Show is a trade event and is not open to the public. You must be directly involved in the foodservice or hospitality industry to attend. A business card showing your affiliation to the industry or your company's tax ID number is required to register. Over 60 free educational sessions are available, and no pre-registration is required. All educational sessions, except for technology sessions, which take place in the Technology Pavilion (North Hall, Level 3), take place in McCormick Place's South Hall, 4th Floor.

>> Interview with Adam Block and Michael Kornick

Audio: Creating Chef-Owner Synergies with Antoinette Bruno, Adam Block, and Michael Kormick (length:74 minutes)

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