CHEF AND RESTAURATEUR JIM SHIRLEY AND CHEF MICHELLE BERNSTEIN TO Receive THE TORCH AND BEACON AWARDS AT THE FLORIDA Cafe & LODGING Display

Kandace Wysock

Congratulations to Chefs Jim Shirley and Michelle Bernstein who will be honored at The 2021 Florida Cafe & Lodging Demonstrate with the Torch and Beacon Awards, respectively. These two cafe industry leaders will be acknowledged for their superb achievements and dedication to the Southeast restaurant industry all through the conference […]


Congratulations to Chefs Jim Shirley and Michelle Bernstein who will be honored at The 2021 Florida Cafe & Lodging Demonstrate with the Torch and Beacon Awards, respectively. These two cafe industry leaders will be acknowledged for their superb achievements and dedication to the Southeast restaurant industry all through the conference having spot on Sunday, September 19, and Monday, September 20, 2021 at the Orange County Conference Center in Orlando, Florida. Every single chef will present a culinary demonstration pursuing the presentation of their award. For extra details about the Florida Cafe & Lodging Present, pay a visit to https://www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/

“The prestigious Torch Award was made to honor a chef and/or restaurateur who embodies excellent awareness and management, philanthropic and local community attempts, extraordinary talent and creative imagination, innovation and inspiration. We are thrilled to be capable to current this award to Jim Shirley who is an achieved chef and cafe operator and also the Chairman of the Florida Cafe and Lodging Affiliation (FRLA),” said Rita Ugianskis, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food items & Beverage Group. “We also appear forward to presenting The Beacon Award to Chef Michelle Bernstein. This  award acknowledges a girl leader who has certainly served as a Beacon for the industry by way of her leadership, contributions, and inspiration. The word Beacon symbolizes several items including a individual that illuminates or conjures up, which certainly defines Chef Bernstein.”

The Torch Award will be introduced to Jim Shirley on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 12:45 pm on Center Stage by The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and The Florida Cafe & Lodging Association. Jim is a chef and restaurateur in South Walton, Florida, proudly owning Fantastic Southern Café, 45 Central Wine and Sushi Bar, and b.f.f. in Seaside, Florida, as very well as The Bay Restaurant and Farm & Fireplace Southern Pizzeria in South Walton. He is also co-proprietor of Meltdown on 30A in Seaside.

Jim was beforehand the president of the Northwest Florida FRLA chapter and president of the Escambia County chapter. He is at present the treasurer of FRLA’s Educational Foundation. Jim sits on the board of the Children’s House Society and was previously on the Seaside Neighborhood School board for a few yrs. Jim represented Florida in the 2015 Great American Seafood Cook-Off. In addition, Jim has been invited to cook dinner at the James Beard Residence in New York Metropolis 4 periods. He is the writer of the cookbook, “Good Grits! Southern Boy Cooks,” a compilation of his finest recipes together with entertaining stories. Jim is the 2020 Van Ness Butler Jr. Award receiver. In 2020, For additional data on previous Torch Award Winners, go to https://www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/torch-award-recipients

Chef Michelle Bernstein will be presented with the Beacon Award on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 12:45 pm on Heart Phase. Chef Bernstein, a Miami indigenous of Jewish and Latin descent, who has dazzled diners and critics alike with her sublime cuisine and a personality as bright and vivid as the Florida sunshine. A James Beard Award winner (Most effective Chef South 2008) and creator of Delicacies a Latina (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008), Bernstein and her spouse/business enterprise associate David Martinez) personal/work MBC Michelle Bernstein Catering Company in addition to their most recent endeavor, Café La Trova, a Cuban-influenced bar and café positioned in Minor Havana combining progressive and regular Cuban-fashion and technique.

Bernstein dedicates time to Widespread Threads, an immediately after-college program for underprivileged little ones, and on a regular basis seems on an array of countrywide Television set shows, from Best Chef to Good Early morning America. Bernstein proceeds to host the Emmy award-winning PBS weekly tv collection, Test, Please! South Florida. Now in its fifth 12 months, Bernstein also hosts the Emmy award-winning weekly Television set series on Channel 10, SoFlo Style that celebrates the food stuff of South Florida. Bernstein has also labored with Memorial Cancer Institute (MCI), a part of Memorial Health care Process, to deliver oncology clients with a variety of foodstuff choices to support simplicity their way as a result of remedy. For a lot more details about the Beacon Award, and previous recipients, go to https://www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/beacon-award-recipients.

Equally awards will be introduced on Middle Stage on the present flooring which will also attribute Culinary Demonstrations, the Quick Fireplace and Hip Sip Competitions with neighborhood chefs and bartenders and other panel discussions. The exhibit hall will present the American Culinary Federation Culinary Competitions, Foods Trends Knowledge, Bar Innovation Pavilion, TechBytes, Coffee Fest Market and the Healthy Foods Expo and new products and solutions and innovations from 350 exhibiting firms. Registration is now open for the 2021 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Present and Balanced Foodstuff Expo. Both events are created and managed by Clarion Gatherings, and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Affiliation. For additional information pay a visit to https://www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/.

Clarion Functions generates 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and purchaser activities. The Foodstuff & Beverage Team incorporates the Worldwide Restaurant & Foodservice Present of New York, The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo, the Florida Cafe & Lodging Display, Nutritious Foods Expo, CoffeeFest and The NGA Exhibit. Clarion Gatherings, backed by The Blackstone Team, has come to be a single of the swiftest escalating party corporations in the U.S. with intense growth as a result of both equally acquisition and start. Clarion obtained PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 functions into the U.S. portfolio and tremendous-charging the now fast growth. Clarion Gatherings has workplaces in Trumbull, CT Kennesaw, GA Boca Raton, FL Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ.

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