Hot chefs take the stage at 2009 CRFA Show

    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - A stellar line-up of chefs and food
personalities will take centre stage at the 2009 CRFA Show, March 8 - 10 in
    Operated by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, the
CRFA Show is Canada's largest trade show for the hospitality industry,
attracting more than 11,000 visitors last year. The following appearances have
been confirmed so far for the 2009 event:

    Bob Blumer, "The Surreal Gourmet"

    Culinary adventurer Bob Blumer is the host and co-creator of the
award-winning television series Glutton for Punishment, now in its third
season on the Food Network. Blumer is best-known as the creator and host of
the Food Network series Surreal Gourmet, one of the most innovative and
entertaining cooking shows on television.

    Chef Giovanna Alonzi     Terroni, Toronto

    Since opening in 1992, Terroni Restaurants has grown to three locations
in Toronto and one in Los Angeles. Chef Alonzi is the rising star behind the
menu at Terroni, where customers are lined up almost every day of the week for
true and traditional southern Italian cuisine.

    Chef Alex Rolland     Globe Restaurant, Montreal

    Using the best in local produce and the freshest organic ingredients
Quebec has to offer, Chef Rolland creates a bold and sumptuous menu at Globe
Restaurant, one of the hottest restaurants on Montreal's St-Laurent Boulevard.

    Chef Mark McEwan      North 44, Bymark, One, Toronto

    One of Canada's top chefs and restaurateurs, Mark McEwan returns by
popular demand to the 2009 CRFA Show. Chef McEwan uses seasonal ingredients
from the best local producers to create his distinctive yet simple dishes. He
also hosts the popular series The Heat on the Food Network.

    Dale DeGroff, "King of Cocktails"

    Legendary bar chef Dale DeGroff is best known for his work at the famous
Rainbow Room in New York, where he pioneered a gourmet approach to recreating
classic cocktails. He has also invented hundreds of his own cocktails using
fresh and exotic ingredients. DeGroff will appear on stage courtesy of Diageo.

    The popular seminar series at the CRFA Show will be headlined by Jim
Laube, founder and president of, an online resource centre
for independent operators. Laube provides practical advice to restaurateurs
who want to boost profits and improve their business management practices.
    The CRFA Show will take place at the Direct Energy Centre in downtown
Toronto, March 8 - 10, 2009. The CRFA Show is trade only, and is not open to
the public.

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For further information: Jeni Armstrong, Communications Specialist,
(416) 649-4254

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