New York, NY (March 1, 2005) -
StarChefs.com, the magazine for culinary insiders, announces its professional program at the New England Foodservice & Lodging Expo (NEFS) in Boston. 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 show will take place Sunday, April 10 – Tuesday, April 12 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on the South Boston Waterfront. StarChefs Studio events at NEFS include:
Sunday, April 10
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Leadership Lessons From the Kitchen –Team-Building & Crisis Management
Anthony Bourdain, executive chef of Les Halles Brasserie and author of the popular memoir and expose, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, will wax philosophical and comical about the challenges of running a kitchen. (1:15-2:30 pm)
KITCHEN COMBAT: BATTLE OF THE SEXES
Two teams made up of Boston's top chefs face off in StarChefs' culinary showdown. Once the mystery ingredient is revealed, opposing teams will have one hour to conceptualize, cook and plate inventive dishes to be judged by a panel of critics. The women’s team will be led by Ana Sortun of Oleana and also includes Barbara Lynch of No. 9 Park, Ruth-Anne Adams of Casablanca, and Susan Regis and Amanda Lydon of UpStairs on the Square. The men’s team will be led by Anthony Susi of Sage and also includes Marc Orfaly of Pigalle, Dante de Magistris, formerly of blu, Gabriel Frasca of Spire, and Pino Maffeo of Restaurant L. (2:30-4:00 pm)
Monday, April 11
“HOW TO MAKE IT” CHEF PANEL
Boston's star chefs will appear with their legendary chef mentors. The protégés will discuss lessons learned from their mentors, while the mentors 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: Mentor Chef Gordon Hamersley of Hamersley’s Bistro with Protégé Chef Jody Adams of Rialto and blu; Mentor Chef Bob Kinkead of Kinkead’s, Colvin Run Tavern, and recently opened Sibling Rivalry, with Protégé Chef Chris Schlesinger of East Coast Grill. (10:45 – 11:45 am)
CHEF TECHNIQUES DEMONSTRATIONS
Rising Star Chefs will share their innovative techniques and culinary concepts with their fellow chefs and industry professionals. Chef demonstrators include: Ernie Quinones of Mantra, Gabriel Frasca of Spire, Pino Maffeo of Restaurant L, Geoff Gardner of Sel de la Terre, Mark Allen of Le Soir, Dante de Magistris formerly of blu, Marc Orfaly of Pigalle and Anthony Susi of Sage. (12:00 – 4:00 pm)
Tuesday, April 12
RECRUITING FOR BETTER RETENTION
StarChefs.com CEO Antoinette Bruno and a select panel of recruiting experts will discuss the most effective methods of recruiting employees who will stay and grow with an organization. Participants include Dirk Spindeldreher, Corporate Manager Human Resources, Ritz-Carlton Hotels; Gary Sullivan, Partner, Sapphire Restaurant Group; and Thomas John, Executive Chef, Au Bon Pain. (10:45 – 11:45 am)
CUSTOMER LOYALTY AND RETENTION
Dan Swartz, President of SubscriberMail, LLC and Michael Dodson, Senior Vice President of OpenTable.com will join Antoinette Bruno in a discussion of the benefits of email marketing campaigns and why they have been proven to foster valuable customer relationships. (11:45 am – 12:45 pm)
Wednesday, April 13
THE BRANDING OF A CHEF – Exclusive Seminar at Harvard Business School
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 name. Renowned chefs/TV personalities Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich, and restaurateur Drew Nieporent, President of Myriad Restaurant Group ( Nobu, Next Door Nobu & Nobu London), will discuss the process of building and marketing a winning brand. This seminar will be held at Harvard Business School. A limited number of passes will be available to attendees of StarChefs Studio events at NEFS.
StarChefs is offering select chefs, cooks, and culinary students, as well as sommeliers, managers and restaurateurs throughout the country free tickets to NEFS, which includes admission to all StarChefs Studio events, plus an exclusive chef networking afterparty. To apply for a free industry-only ticket, go to www.starchefs.com/events/studio/2005/rsvp_nefs.php
“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.com. “We are delighted to partner with the New England Foodservice and Lodging Expo to offer educational and networking opportunities for members of the food and hospitality industry.”
StarChefs Studio at the 2005 New England Foodservice and Lodging Expo is sponsored by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, Pernod – the international anise spirit, Lavazza - Italy’s favorite coffee, Robur – makers of professional chef apparel, Vollrath – setting the standard in foodservice equipment, Jade – makers of professional kitchen ranges, and OpenTable.com – the leading provider of Internet-enabled customer relationship management (CRM), marketing, yield management and reservations solutions.
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.