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World Culinary Showcase

Experience techniques, recipes, and secrets from some of the world's most talented chefs and celebrated cuisines.

Lakeside Center, Booth #10357

Lakeside Center, Booth #10357

Lakeside Center, Booth #10357

What You'll Find Here

Education & Entertainment

The industry's most celebrated chefs and thought leaders share their culinary prowess and industry insight. From the latest trends to mastered skills and techniques to fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, you'll get a little of everything at the World Culinary Showcase. 


2019 sessions will be announced soon.

World Culinary Showcase Lineup

While we put together a program packed with the most exciting chefs from around the world for our 2019 culinary demonstrations, you can check out the roster of stars who entertained and educated at last year's Show.

2019 lineup coming soon.

Rick Bayless


Since 1987 Bayless has been changing the way America eats Mexican, with four award-winning restaurants in Chicago, two quick-service brands and a retail line of sauces, salsas, and more. He has won six James Beard Awards and his contributions to the community have garnered awards both at home and in Mexico.

Chris Cosentino


Best known as co-owner of San Francisco’s celebrated Cockscomb, Portland’s Jackrabbit, and Acacia House in Napa Valley, Cosentino is influencing a generation of chefs with his creative, whole-animal cuisine. Cosentino has authored two cookbooks and won season four of Top Chef Masters. He is a passionate cyclist and philanthropist.

Anne Burrell


Best known as the host of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America as well as other shows, Burrell has worked at some of New York's top restaurants, competed on The Next Iron Chef, and written a New York Times best-selling cookbook.

Joe Flamm


The executive chef of Chicago’s Michelin-starred Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia, Flamm won season 15 of Bravo’s Top Chef. Prior to joining Tony Mantuano at Spiaggia, Flamm worked alongside some of Chicago’s best-known chefs including Stephanie Izard, Art Smith, and Bill Kim.


Nancy Kruse


Industry expert Nancy Kruse delivers a fast-paced menu review exploring what today's customers really want—foods, flavors, preparation and presentation techniques that will differentiate an operation, drive diners through the door, and then keep them coming back.


Barton Seaver


Seaver is on a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and each other—through dinner. He has translated his illustrious career as a chef into his leadership in the area of sustainable seafood innovations.

Charles Phan


Phan pioneered modern Vietnamese cuisine in America as executive chef and owner of the Slanted Door family of restaurants. His current restaurants in San Francisco are The Slanted Door, Out the Door, OTD, Hard Water, and the newly opened Rice & Bones in Berkeley.

Masaharu Morimoto


Japanese chef Morimoto stars in Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. He has opened more than 15 restaurants around the globe, earning critical aclaim that includes a James Beard award and a spot on Food & Wine's "Best U.S. Restaurant Openings."


Sarah Grueneberg


Grueneberg is currently chef/partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in Chicago’s West Loop. Since opening in 2015, Monteverde has won multiple accolades, including the 2018 "Restaurant of the Year" Jean Banchet Award.


Takashi Yagihashi


Takashi’s signature fusion of French, Asian, and American cuisines has delighted diners and critics for more than 35 years. In addition to winning Michelin stars for Takashi, Michelin Bib Gourmand Awards for Slurping Turtle, and countless “best of” accolades, he is a fan favorite on televised chef competitions.


Michael Mina


A 2013 inductee into the James Beard Foundation "Who’s Who of Food & Beverage," Mina has dazzled the culinary world with bold dining concepts and contributed to San Francisco’s reputation as a world-class epicurean destination for 20+ years.


Govind Armstrong


For the past two decades, Armstrong has been instrumental in the evolution of California’s local-focused regional cuisine. His Post & Beam serves California-inspired soul food that consistently tops annual "Best of Los Angeles" lists.


Antonia Lofaso


Lofaso's Scopa and Black Market Liquor Bar reflect her Italian-American heritage, creativity, and classic training. She has appeared on Iron Chef and Cutthroat Kitchen and is the author of The Busy Mom's Cookbook which offers recipes for quick home-cooked meals and shares her own story.

2019 Lineup Coming Soon


More Resources

More at the Lakeside Center

Explore these other highlights at the Lakeside Center:

Bellavita Italian Pavilion
BAR at the Show

Other Culinary Demos

Find more hands-on culinary demos throughout the Show floor. 

See Culinary Demos