The 'Hot Spot Culinary Extravaganza' to Debut at the 2006 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo

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Aug 08, 2006, 01:00 ET from Reed Exhibitions

    NORWALK, Conn., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2006 Western Foodservice &
 Hospitality Expo invites its restaurant and foodservice attendees to visit
 the "Hot Spot Culinary Extravaganza" on the Show floor. The Expo is taking
 place from Saturday, August 26th through Monday, August 28th at the Los
 Angeles Convention Center and the "Hot Spot" will be packed each day with
 celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, book signings and guest appearances
 by notable newcomers and industry icons.
     "In keeping with our commitment to offer the hottest features for this
 year's Expo, we are thrilled to introduce the 'Hot Spot' where well-known
 chefs will showcase their talent in a state-of-the-art culinary
 demonstration theater," said Ron Mathews, event director.
     "The Hot Spot" Chef Demonstration line-up as follows:
     Saturday, August 26
     Cat Cora (12:00 p.m.)
     Food Network's "Iron Chef of America;" producer and host of the
 upcoming "Cat Cora Show;" author of Cat Cora's Kitchens and a graduate of
 the Culinary Institute of America, Cat gives Mediterranean a makeover by
 blending Greek, French, and Italian cuisines.
     Guy Fieri (1:30 p.m.)
     The host of the Food Network's "Guy's Big Bite," Chief Operating
 Officer of Johnny Garlic's Inc. and member of the Board of Directors for
 the CRA Educational Foundation, Guy charmed the country by cooking food
 that is as fun, fearless and fundamental as his life-sized personality.
     Tony Abou-Ganim (3:00 p.m.)
     The Modern Mixologist currently featured demonstrating the art of
 cocktail preparation on the Fine Living Network program "Raising the Bar:
 America's Best Bar Chefs," Tony's innovative approach to cocktails has
 launched his career as an industry expert. Currently working on his first
 book, The Modern Mixologist, Tony operates his own beverage consulting
     Sunday, August 27
     Gregg Wangard (11:30 a.m.)
     As Executive Chef at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotels and Ocean and
 Vine restaurant, Gregg uses his unique approach to American Cuisine to
 create a distinct dining experience. Ocean and Vine's famed Three Cheese
 Fondue and High Society Cheese flight reflect Gregg's Wisconsin roots and
 his passion for cheese.
     Tommy Tang (1:00 p.m.)
     Considered the "Godfather" of the Southeast Asian cuisine movement in
 the U.S., Tommy opened his first restaurant in West Hollywood in 1982. In
 1986, Tommy became the first bi-coastal chef in the U.S. with the opening
 of his New York City restaurant. Currently, Tommy is producing a travel and
 culinary series for the PBS Network, working on cookbooks and overseeing
 his unique catering company in Los Angeles.
     Eric Osley (2:30 p.m.)
     As the Chef de Cuisine of dinner service at the California School of
 Culinary Arts, Eric worked at Spago Beverly Hills, Piccolo and Second
 Street Jazz Kitchen before helping to open Restaurant 561 in 2000.
     Travis Kamiyama (4:00 p.m.)
     Kamiyama Sushi has grown into the premier sushi take out and catering
 service in the South Bay. Travis began to learn about sushi at the age of
 14, under the guidance and direction of several "itamae" chefs (Japanese
 culinary experts). His dedication to learning the art of sushi has taken
 him on a journey through several of the best Japanese restaurants,
 including Morisawa at Universal City Walk.
     Monday, August 28
     Ingrid Croce (11:30 a.m.)
     A visionary in San Diego's dining scene for over 20 years, Ingrid
 opened Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar as a tribute to her late husband,
 singer- songwriter, Jim Croce. As Owner and Executive Chef, Croce has been
 honored as California Restaurant Association's Restaurateur of the Year.
 Her latest book, The San Diego Restaurant Cookbook, provides readers with a
 behind-the-scenes peek into kitchens in San Diego's most well-loved
     David Lawrence (1:00 p.m.)
     Private chef and caterer David Lawrence's hip new cookbook, Boy Eats
 World! A Private Chef Cooks Simple Gourmet features over 150 recipes and is
 all about having fun in the kitchen. David's refreshing, often humorous
 style and easy to follow recipes will help even the most reluctant cook
 feel at home in the kitchen.
     Dave Martin (2:30 p.m.)
     Millions of fans around the country recognize Dave Martin as the
 inimitable and beloved chef from Bravo's "Top Chef," and he's just
 beginning his high-profile gastronomic adventures. Dave lives in Long Beach
 where he is busy in the kitchen cooking up his next big venture which
 includes a cookbook, television show and many other surprises.
     To honor the 100th anniversary of the California Restaurant Association
 (CRA) and to support the CRA Educational Foundation, the Western
 Foodservice & Hospitality Expo has published a special cookbook entitled
 Chefs' Specials of California: Signature Dishes and Favorite Recipes from
 Celebrated Chefs and Restaurants. Many of the chefs participating in the
 "Hot Spot Culinary Extravaganza" have provided recipes for the cookbook,
 which will be available for purchase at the Western Foodservice &
 Hospitality Expo and Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival. The cookbook is now
 available for purchase online at for a
 discounted price of $17.95.
     In addition to the Hot Spot, this year's Western Foodservice &
 Hospitality Expo introduces several new features and special events,
 including an International Food Arena, Pizza Pavilion, a New Product
 Gallery, the Ultimate Barista Challenge and the Los Angeles Wine & Food
     The exciting Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival is being co-produced by
 Reed Exhibitions with World of Wine Events and the Monterey Wine Festival.
 The August 26 - 27 festival will be showcasing a wide assortment of wines,
 gourmet foods and latest accessories to the wine enthusiast. The event is
 open to the public and tickets are $65 per day. Industry trade
 professionals attending the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo are also
 invited to attend the festival at a discounted rate of $10 per day. For
 more information about the festival and to purchase tickets, please visit
     The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo is produced and managed by
 Reed Exhibitions, and sponsored by the California Restaurant Association
 (CRA). The 2006 Expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center
 from Saturday, August 26 through Monday, August 28, 2006. For more
 information call 800.840.5612 or visit the official Show web site at
     Reed Exhibitions, which manages more than 420 events worldwide, is a
 member of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading provider of information-
 driven services and solutions. Reed Exhibitions offers integrated market
 access programs covering exhibitions, trade publications, direct marketing
 and the Internet to a database of 3.5 million in North America. (NYSE:  
 RUK/ENL). Reed manages three shows for the foodservice and hospitality
 industry and altogether, more than 50,000 foodservice professionals attend
 the three shows. More information about these events can be found by
 visiting the official event web site at

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