The Hot Spot Culinary Demonstration Theater Brings World Renowned Chefs to the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo

Eager to meet a Celebrity Chef? Want to learn the latest trends in cooking?

Maybe indulge your taste buds….the HOT SPOT will satisfy it all!



NORWALK, CT AUGUST 8, 2008 – The Hot Spot Culinary Demonstration Theater is an educational, interactive and entertaining area for foodservice professionals who want to stay abreast of what’s hot in the food world. This is a must attend event at the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo (August 23 through August 25, 2008) at the Los Angeles Convention Center.


The 2008 line up includes:


Saturday, August 23rd – 12:00 pm

Food Network Star, GUY FIERI.  Are you ready for TV, interviews and the Food Network? Don’t miss Guy Fieri appearing LIVE at the Hot Spot! This Food Network star will give examples, tips and a roadmap to successfully market the chef, the menu and the restaurant.  Public Relations Expert and Author Linda Duke, will moderate the event.


Saturday, August 23rd – 1:30 pm

Taylor Boudreaux, One of Los Angeles Magazine’s “Top 10 Most Renowned New Chefs” and a James Beard Foundation nominee for “Rising Star Chef of the Year” in 2004. As Executive Chef at California Café in downtown Los Gatos, Boudreaux has created a new menu for filled with organic and local produce accented by global flavors. Learn how to create magnificent dishes using food grown within 100 miles of your region.


Saturday, August 23rd – 3:00 pm

Roseanne Tully, CEO and Founder of Intermezzo, the nation’s fastest growing fine food, wine, home, and travel magazine, will share tips and techniques to simply fabulous dinners


Sunday, August 24th – 12:00 pm

Tommy Tang, celebrity chef and host of PBS’s “Let’s Get Cooking with Tommy Tang,” will create unique, delectable cuisine from his native Thailand.


Sunday, August 24th – 1:30 pm

Leonardo Curti, renowned Italian Chef, will take the audience on a culinary adventure into Italy and Central California’s Santa Ynez Valley while Chef Leonardo teaches simple recipes using readily available ingredients. Get swept away to the lush Italian countryside through Chef Leonardo’s authentic, mouth-watering cuisine.


Sunday, August 24th – 3:00 pm

Aaron Song from Fox televisions hit series, “Hell’s Kitchen” will heat up the HOT SPOT.  A character on both Season 3 and Season 4, Aaron will offer his guide to eating smart, being fit and living well. A well-known spokesperson for Henry’s Farmer Market, Aaron will show how to incorporate Anti-Oxidants into everyday cooking.


Monday, August 25th – 11:30 am

Jeff Stansfield from Advantage Jewish Catering, will offer a delicious and informative demonstration about Kosher cooking


Monday, August 25th 1:00 pm

Ray Duey, world-renowned culinary artist, is nothing short of amazing when it comes to food sculpting. Working his magic on fruits and vegetables, he travels around the country, teaching the culinary art of fruit and vegetable carvings and leaving spectators and culinary professionals spellbound.  Watch him work his magic!

The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo will bring 15,000+ foodservice industry professionals together. The Expo Hall will offer 650 companies showcasing products ranging from equipment to gourmet foods. The three day event will feature the 3rd annual Ultimate Barista Challenge where professional Baristas prepare their signature espresso beverages. The 1st annual Los Angeles Wine Expo will feature wines from over 40 winemakers from around the globe. The LA Wine Expo will be located in the same exhibit hall as the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo, and is open to all badged attendees on Saturday and Sunday only. View event details at

The Expo is produced and managed by Reed Exhibitions, and sponsored by the California Restaurant Association.  For more information on exhibiting or attending the Expo, call 800-840-5612 or visit the official Show website at or