Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine Predicts Specialty Food Products to Become the New Mainstream Market

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine Predicts Specialty Food Products to Become the New Mainstream Market
  • Millennials, Gen Z, and social media play a big role in the rise of specialty food products.

  • Chef Robert Irvine discusses how specialty foods are no longer on the sidelines in the food service industry.

Consumers today have higher expectations for the foodservice industry. Millennials and Gen Z specifically are looking for specialty foods that offer more options for a healthier diet.

Whether it’s creating new chef-inspired meals and products, or chefs using specialty food products in their menus, the specialty food industry is on the rise. Earning in $140.3 billion within the last year, there is a convergence between chefs and specialty food makers to meet these expectations.

At the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, Foodable’s Paul Barron sat down with Robert Irvine, celebrity chef, and owner of Robert Irvine Foods, as they discussed the role of specialty food in foodservice and the latest dining trends.


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Award Winning Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth Return to Miami with Stiltsville Fish Bar

Award Winning Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth Return to Miami with Stiltsville Fish Bar
  • Check out Stiltsville Fish Bar and Other Great Restaurants on Miami’s Top 25.

  • Focused on Everything Local, Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth bring a Neighborhood Feel to South Beach with Stiltsville Fish Bar.

In this episode of Table 42, we visit Stiltsville Fish Bar and meet Chefs Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis. The chef couple met on the line at Gigi’s in Midtown Miami before opening up the critically acclaimed Root and Bone in NYC. Their newest venture, Stiltsville Fish Bar, opened in 2018 and has quickly become one of the most talked about new concepts in South Florida, ranking in Foodable's Top 25 just a few weeks after opening. Inspired by Chef Jeff McInnis’s childhood, growing up fishing in Niceville Florida, Stiltsville Fish Bar is a neighborhood restaurant focusing on bringing locals a hometown feel complete with great food and Key West inspired cocktails.

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Small Kingdoms: James Beard Award Winning Chef Maria Hines on her Culinary Empire

Small Kingdoms: James Beard Award Winning Chef Maria Hines on her Culinary Empire

By Kerri Adams, Editor-at-Large

Our top 100 Social Chef list features an array of culinary masterminds, many of which that have been awarded other prestigious awards. The list is not editorially selected, but rather it has been curated from social data. 

Since our list demonstrates that men are still the majority heading up restaurant kitchens, there are just over 15 out of the 100 chefs that are women, we are featuring the leading ladies on the list who are conquering this male-dominated realm. 

“High-end kitchens have long been regarded as a male domain, with culinary students worshiping brutal but allegedly brilliant men, best exemplified by the “bad boy” chef Marco Pierre White and made popular by the ludicrous character portrayed by Gordon Ramsay,” writes Jen Agg for “The New York Times.”

Fortunately, there are badass ladies obliterating this male chef stereotype. 

One of these chefs is Maria Hines, a 2009 James Beard Award winning chef whose renowned skills in the kitchen have led her to start a culinary empire. 

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Celebrity Chefs Get Ready For Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

It's a good weekend for Liverpool, England.  Celebrity chefs are getting ready to showcase their culinary creations at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:30am.   

More than 70 chefs from the cities most popular restaurants and bars will be there.  Being held in Sefton Park, the event will also include live demos, a champagne bar, music, an edible bugs' zone and other awesome features. Read More

Photo Credit: Liverpool Daily Post

Photo Credit: Liverpool Daily Post

How Much Pull Do Celebrity Chefs Have on a Restaurant?

Cheflebrities, Cheftestapants.  

Japonais  Photo Credit: Chicago Reader

Japonais

Photo Credit: Chicago Reader

We've all heard the ridiculous descriptors of the most recognized reality TV chefs in the game. With the rise and popularity of shows that showcase the food industry (or, at least, Hollywood's portrayal of the food industry), fame has added a new dimension to the role of a chef - an element that has the ability to make or break one's reputation. But how much do reality chefs really matter to their restaurants? Is it a touristy ploy, assuming the celeb chef will probably never actually be there getting their hands greasy?

Chicago Reader recently featured a well-written piece on celebrity chefs in alignment to how successful their restaurants are. While there is no guarantee of success or failure, the question was raised after the announcement of Iron Chef Morimoto coming in to help refuel Japonais. Read More