Compete at the expo


2021 Competition Information 

 The Expo will be hosting an exciting new competition this year - designed specifically for the bar and restaurant beverage programs. Our other two competitions will be returning with the in-person show in 2022. 

Please direct questions to Shoshanna Gross at or 917.628.3198.

Participants must be at least 16 years old, and  work as an industry professional or be enrolled in a culinary program in order to be eligible. All Mixed Up contestants must be at least 21 years of age.


Mixed Up Cocktail Competition

The Mixed Up Cocktail Competition encourages participants to create a modern interpretation of a classic cocktail using five ingredients or less. Have a great bar program? Show it off at the first annual Mixed Up! Winners will receive a cash prize!

Click here for Rules & Registration


See these Competitions return in 2022!


Food Fight


This competition is designed for kitchen professionals that like to think on their feet! Teams of two will work together to put together an appetizer and main course using a secret ingredient they will only be revealed when the bell goes off! We are accepting the first 20 applications. Winners will be determined by taste, presentation, and ability to seamlessly incorporate the secret ingredient. Enter for a chance to win a cash prize!

Expo Burger Battle


Burger Winner 20Bring your Best Burger to the Expo Burger Battle! Be one of  24 contestants vying for Best Burger in the Midwest honors and the chance to win $1,000! The contest is simple: Make three servings of your All-American sandwich, using fresh and delicious ground beef. Make it classic or creative, old school or modern. Above all, be sure to impress our judges! 


Be a Judge! 

For questions about becoming a judge,  contact Shoshanna Gross by email or at 917.628.3198

2020 Winners

2020 "Best of the Midwest" Pizza Pizzazz Winners 

1st place: Antonio’s Italian Ristorante, Carmela Cataldo

2nd place: DeFelice Brothers Pizza, Dominic DeFelice

3rd place: Sloopy’s Sports Café, Jeremy Corbin


2020 Burger Battle Winner: 

1st place: Hudson 29 Upper Arlington, Kelby Muehfeld

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