Attendees at the 2011 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show will be able to see celebrity chefs up close and personal.

The chefs will be performing cooking demos in the World Culinary Showcase, providing attendees an interactive setting to soak up their passion, innovation and inspiration.

“We look forward to welcoming some of the world’s most talented culinary artists to NRA Show 2011,” says C.W. Craig Reed, convention chair for the show and director of food and beverage, Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colo.

“These chefs operate highly successful restaurants, and attribute much of their success to the culinary innovation they apply to their menus. Our World Culinary Showcase will offer a rare glimpse into their creative process.”

The World Culinary Showcase, running all four days of the NRA Show, will feature:

Rick Bayless, chef/owner of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo in Chicago— television host, author, champion of Mexican cuisine, and winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Season 1.

Wylie Dufresne, chef/owner, wd~50 in New York City–leading American proponent of molecular gastronomy.

Tiffani Faison, chef/owner, Workshop & Mercantile in Boston—contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 1, and recently on Top Chef All-Stars.

John Folse, executive chef, Restaurant R’evolution—Louisiana’s culinary ambassador to the world.

Gale Gand,partner and executive pastry chef, Tru in Chicago—television star and cookbook author.

Marcus Samuelsson, chef/owner, Red Rooster in New York City and C-House in Chicago—Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Season 2 winner, and guest chef for the first Obama Administration state dinner.

Kevin Sbraga, chef/restaurateur—winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Season 7.

Rick Tramonto, executive chef, Restaurant R’evolutionin New Orleans—award-winning cookbook author and James Beard Award winner.

Additional chefs will be added to the World Culinary Showcase lineup this spring. Several of these chefs will also be signing their latest books in the Celebrity Book Signing area of the NRA Show, including Bayless, Folse, Gand, Samuelsson and Tramonto.

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