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The MenuMasters Spotlight

Welcome to the MenuMasters Spotlight Video Series brought to you by Nation’s Restaurant News and Ventura Foods. Each month we will shine a spotlight on a chef who brings the joy of food to all of us. These stories tap into the most creative minds in menu innovation and how their passion for creating extraordinary food drives their success in business and life. Enjoy authentic conversations with chefs who share their personal journey, a behind the scenes look at their restaurant concept and cooking demos featuring their signature dish. Watch the series here.
Featured Spotlight
Thomas Keller: 2022 Menu Masters Hall of Fame Inductee
September 1, 2022

"The extra strategy is not doing more work or doing the next thing. The extra strategy is finding an internal way to find a moment where you're able to influence, impact and change our profession. What's next is what we're doing today, and that's the most important thing."

— Thomas Keller
Featured Spotlight
Chefs Nick Graff and Jet Tila keep culture at the center of culinary innovation
September 1, 2022

“I think that entrepreneurs always love puzzles. I mean solving puzzles is probably the number one thing that gets me out of bed every day.”

— Jet Tila
August 1, 2022
Chefs Cheryl Drummond and Hagop Giragossian on the magic of craft casual dining
August 1, 2022
Chef Tony Priolo knows food could save the world
June 30, 2022
Chefs Jamie Carawan and Mark Rosati Want to Tell You a Story
June 30, 2022
Matt Horn Mediates on Barbecue
May 24, 2022
For Chef Amanda Cohen, Everything is Out in the Open
May 24, 2022
Chefs Quinn Adkins and Alex Sadowsky Know Everyone’s Gotta Eat
April 28, 2022
Cheetie Kumar: Bringing Indie Rock Sensibilities to the Culinary Scene
April 28, 2022
Samantha Fore: From Pop-Up to PBS
March 25, 2022
Chefs Paul Fiorentino and Paul Fabre agree that the consumer is the North Star of menu innovation
Jim Goggin and Jim Doak
March 25, 2022
Chef Jim Doak and Jim Goggin reflect on 25 years of MenuMasters
January 14, 2022
Chef/Restaurateur Erick Williams Keeps Virtue at the Center
February 23, 2022
Chef Vishwesh Bhatt Learns Through Teaching
February 23, 2022
Elle Simone Scott Learned to Center Others by Putting Herself First
January 14, 2022
Chefs Dan Coudreaut and Chad Schafer Lean Into Radical Transparency for Culinary Leadership
October 20, 2021
Culinary-School Classmates Bring Global Flavors to the American Market
October 1, 2021
Let Meherwan Irani Tell You a Story: Building a Brand One Tale at a Time
November 12, 2021
Chefs Sarah Grueneberg and Stephanie Izard Serve the Needs of Their Guests by Putting Their Teams First
November 12, 2021
Chef John Li’s Curiosity is the Key to His Success
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December 10, 2021
Taking a Ground-Up Approach to Menu Innovation Sets Hai Hospitality on an Upward Trajectory
December 10, 2021
Sharon Lykins Wants YOU to Join the Culinary Workforce

2023 MenuMasters Award Submission

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    2022 MenuMasters Registration

    Pre-registration for the MenuMasters Celebration is closed as 5:00 p.m. CST on May 20th.
    If you are a restaurant operator* and would like to attend, you can register on-site at The Drake Hotel on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 6:00 p.m. CST. MenuMasters registration desk will be located in the main lobby. You will be asked to show proof of company affiliation via a business card accompanied by a valid form of ID. The MenuMasters Celebration starts at 6:30 p.m. CST.

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    * MenuMasters is an invite-only event. Registration is open to restaurant professionals only. Informa reserves the right to decline a registration request due to company type and/or space capacity.