The region’s premier trade show for retailers, restaurants, and chefs is coming to the Meadowlands Exposition Center on October 27 and 28. The Tri-State Food Expo is full of exciting events including an exhibit featuring over 200 vendors, suppliers, and service providers, a keynote presentation featuring Martha Stewart, culinary demonstrations by Chef Barret Beyer and Chef Mauro Castano of TLC’s Cake Boss, and a mixology demonstration by NJRA Mixologist of the Year, Christopher James.
New Jersey chef, Peter Morris of Asbury Park’s Langosta Lounge, will be joining in the fun in an exciting Culinary Competition featuring trending regional chefs. Morris will be competing against Chef Bill Dorrler from the Altamarea Group in New York and Chef Jeffrey Lizotte from ON20 in Connecticut.
These tri-state chefs will each prepare two savory courses in 45 minutes, using a secret ingredient announced just minutes before the competition begins.
The competition will be judged by personal chef and instructor, Chef Barrett Beyer from Hell’s Kitchen Season 11, Food Network’s Kitchen Casino and host of Triple F with the Chef on iTunes; Marilou Halvorsen, President of the New Jersey Restaurant Association; and Chef Roshni Gurnani, Executive Chef/Culinary Chef Instructor at The Art Institute of Houston, a Food Network Chopped champion in 2009, and a competitor on Hell’s Kitchen Season 11.
“I am very excited to compete in the upcoming event to show my style of cooking, and to go head to head against skilled chefs,” says Morris. “Competition is healthy and keeps me sharp.” Morris recently won the title of Top New Chef New Jersey 2014 at the New Jersey Restaurant Association and “Food Fight” champion in April 2014 competition at Asbury Park’s Porta restaurant.
Morris adds, “I look forward to bringing my energy level, enthusiasm, and creativity to the table. As always I want to make my family proud and show my children that it is important to challenge yourself.”
For tickets or more information visit www.tri-statefoodexpo.com.
Photos courtesy of Lauren J. Cooke.
Melissa Beveridge is a freelance journalist and editor, focusing on great food, healthy living, and wellness. Her passion for eating and living well embodies her writing. A lover of all things Jersey, she is also an avid traveler, always looking to discover those hidden culinary gems everywhere she goes. Her musings can be found on her blog mbeewell.wordpress.com.