New York (December 2004) - StarChefs.com, the foremost online food industry magazine, announces its professional trade program at the 2005 South Beach Wine & Food Festival. StarChefs Studio – A Kitchen Without Boundaries - provides the most innovative chefs with a collaborative environment to pass their knowledge onto the star chefs of tomorrow. The trade program will take place on Friday, February 25, 2005 from 1pm to 4pm in the Target Grand Tasting Tent located at 13th Street & Ocean Drive. StarChefs Studio seminars at SOBE include:
“How to Make it” Career Panel
Rising star chefs will appear with their celebrity chef mentors. The protégés will discuss lessons learned from their mentors, while the celebrity chefs will explain why the protégés stood out in their kitchens. This seminar gives chefs, cooks, and culinary students the opportunity to learn how to advance their careers and to discuss the difficulties and rewards of the industry. Panelists include: Norman Van Aken and Jeffrey Brana of Norman’s - Coral Gables; Douglas Rodriguez and Jose Garces of Alma de Cuba - Philadelphia; and Daniel Boulud and Zach Bell of Café Boulud -Palm Beach.
Meet the Masters Seminar
Successes in the restaurant industry are few and far between, but there are a handful of chefs and restaurateurs who have established profitable business empires. These masters of the culinary universe have expanded upon the traditional restaurant business plan and have developed multiple operations, cookbooks, and other consumer products, all bearing a celebrity chef or restaurant brand name. During this interactive discussion between leading restaurateurs, participants will learn about the process of building and marketing a winning brand. Panelists include Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group, Drew Nieporent of Myriad Restaurant Group, and Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management.
StarChefs is offering select chefs, cooks, sommeliers, managers and restaurateurs throughout the country free tickets to the trade program, which includes admission to StarChefs Studio, as well as the Wine Spectator Trade Tasting, and an exclusive chef networking party. To apply for a free industry-only trade day ticket, go to www.starchefs.com.
“StarChefs Studio is a forum for chefs and restaurateurs seeking to build upon their professional skills and industry know-how,” said Antoinette Bruno, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of StarChefs. “We are delighted to partner with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival to offer educational and networking opportunities for members of the food and hospitality industry.”
StarChefs.com™ is an award-winning online magazine serving the foodservice industry and food aficionados since 1995. It is both a backstage pass to the celebrity chef world for food and wine-savvy consumers and an essential information resource for aspiring professional chefs. StarChefs.com™ features 25,000 published pages of original, chef-focused culinary content and generates monthly traffic of over 14.6 million hits a month. It has won Best of the Web awards from, among others, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Brill's Content, and Lycos. Its Board of Advisors is made up of 20 of the country’s most influential chefs, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, Norman Van Aken, Todd English, Marcus Samuelsson and Bobby Flay. StarChefs JobFinder is the leading niche job board for the hospitality industry, featuring cutting edge, interactive classifieds technology.