Chefs Emeril Lagasse, Ryan Vargas to Present Featured Culinary Demonstration at Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

The 2014 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show is proud to announce that Emeril Lagasse, American award-winning celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author will be conducting a culinary demonstration at the Show on Monday, September 8 at 1:00 pm at The Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.  He will be joined by Chef Ryan Vargas, Chef de Cuisine at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, located at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal® Orlando.  The chefs will come to together for an exclusive demonstration that will focus on the local and seasonal offerings from Florida.

“The theme of this year’s show is Florida Fresh and Lagasse’s Florida restaurants incorporate the bounty of fresh and local produce – with a completely unique approach to eating fresh,”said Ron Mathews, Vice President, Restaurant and Foodservice Events Portfolio.    “We thank our sponsors, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association for securing Emeril and Ryan for the Show.  The association is instrumental in bringing ‘Emeril’s Florida’ to the Cooking Channel which highlights the Sunshine State through the eyes of Emeril with a focus on food and cooking around the state.”

Emeril’s Tchoup Chop (pronounced chop-chop) is the second eatery by Emeril Lagasse at Universal Orlando. The name is a nod to New Orleans’ famous Tchoupitoulas Street, where Emeril’s flagship restaurant is located, and the word “chop” – a bold culinary term. From the stunning design to the innovative menu, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop is a unique and exotic journey through the Pacific Seas and a perfect complement for the lush surroundings of the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.

Emeril’s Orlando is Chef Lagasse’s second Florida restaurant, located at the epicenter of Universal’s CityWalk. Emeril’s bustling eatery overlooks the park’s lagoon and all of the action of this thriving Orlando hot spot. The free standing two-story building is a high-energy, creative environment for fine food and wine, with soaring thirty-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, stone walls, and iron staircase that lends the feel of an industrial warehouse loft.

In addition to Emeril and Ryan, there will be a full line up of chefs presenting cooking demonstrations in the Culinary Theater on the show floor.  Additional highlights during the show include access to the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum with 30+ complimentary sessions, Food Trends Experience, including a new Fresh From Florida Pavilion, ACF Culinary Competitions and Chefs Table Luncheons, the new Food Truck Academy, New Product Gallery, Foodservice Council for Women and more!

Thousands of restaurant and foodservice industry professionals from throughout the Southeast will gather at The 2014 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show.  The tradeshow and conference will be held Sunday, September 7 – Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.  For more information on exhibiting or attending, visit the official Show website at  The Showis sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (

The tradeshow and conference is managed and produced by Kennesaw, GA based Urban Expositions, who through a logical, hands-on approach, has become one of the fastest growing and most successful trade show companies in the United States.  Urban offers a complete roster of trade show management services, including exhibit sales and marketing, operations, exhibitor/attendee promotions and services, media relations, seminar and event coordination, database development and management.  Contact Urban Expositions at

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