Culinary trends on the menu at the 2012 CRFA Show

TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Some of North America's most innovative chefs will showcase the latest culinary trends -- from gourmet sandwiches to molecular gastronomy -- at the CRFA Show, March 4 - 6 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.

Cooking demonstrations will take place throughout the three-day show featuring the following chefs:

Anna Olson
A familiar face from Food Network Canada and author of six best-selling cookbooks, Chef Olson also runs Olson Foods + Bakery in Port Dalhousie. Olson previously worked at the Inn on the Twenty in Jordan, Ontario, where she met her husband and business partner Chef Michael Olson.

Domenic Chiaromonte
The executive chef and co-owner of T2 Restaurant in Woodbridge, Ontario, will demonstrate high-impact molecular gastronomy techniques that can be applied to any menu. In molecular gastronomy, chefs create new tastes and textures by applying the physics and chemistry of food science to the kitchen.  Chef Chiaromonte is also a cookbook author, popular television chef and catering industry consultant.

Kira Smith
Gourmet sandwiches and burgers are a big trend in restaurants today. The corporate chef for Kraft Canada, Kira Smith will show how a few simple ingredients can transform a sandwich or a burger to meet the growing consumer demand for new flavours.

Karen O'Connor and Eric B. LeVine
These leading catering chefs will demonstrate the latest trends in catering menus. Chef LeVine is a Food Network Chopped champion, cookbook author and multi-award winning chef.  Chef O'Connor worked in some of the finest restaurants in Toronto before becoming a top catering chef with Daniel et Daniel.

About the CRFA Show
With over 1,200 exhibit booths and ongoing chef demos, seminars and events, the CRFA Show offers restaurant and hospitality owners, managers, chefs and executives a variety of fresh ideas to help promote, grow and manage their business.

Registration is now open (trade only) at Those who register online in advance get $15 off the price at the door.

The CRFA Show is owned and operated by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, one of the country's leading business associations with more than 30,000 members.


SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association

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