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"Near-Chef Experience" Giveaway

From March 17- 29, the National Restaurant Association will host a daily giveaway for attendees to win a front-row seat to the World Culinary Showcase stage.

The National Restaurant Association has announced the launch of the brand-new Near-Chef Experience, exclusively for attendees to the 2014 National Restaurant Association Show. From Monday, March 17, through Saturday, March 29, the National Restaurant Association will select two lucky attendees to experience the annual trade show’s World Culinary Showcase from an ultra-exclusive chef’s table right onstage during the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®.

“When we revamped our World Culinary Showcase stage, we wanted to make sure the experience brought attendees closer than ever to our line-up of renowned chefs,” said Sam Facchini, Convention Chair for 2014 National Restaurant Association Show 2014 and co-founder and co-owner of Metro Pizza. “Through the Near-Chef Experience, guests will have a chance to actually be onstage as the show’s line-up of celebrity chefs showcase their culinary expertise and interact with their guests. It’s truly the best seat in the house.”

With a fitting launch of St. Patrick’s Day, attendees can test their luck to secure one of two spots for a different chef each day from Monday, March 17 through Saturday, March 29. In order to win a seat on the Culinary Showcase stage, guests must be owners or employees of a restaurant or food service operation and be registered to attend the 2014 National Restaurant Association Show, which runs May 17-20 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Already registered attendees will be re-entered each day until the end of the sweepstakes – the sooner guests register, the more chances they have to win. Two winners will be chosen each day via a random drawing and notified by a member of the National Restaurant Association. The Near-Chef Experience contest line-up is as follows:

  • Monday, March 17 – Robert Irvine
  • Tuesday, March 18 – Claire Robinson
  • Wednesday, March 19 - David Burke
  • Thursday, March 20 - Barbara Lynch
  • Friday, March 21 – Ming Tsai
  • Saturday, March 22 - Maneet Chauhan/Maxime Bilet/Jahangir Mehta
  • Sunday, March 23 – Art Smith
  • Monday, March 24 – Duff Goldman
  • Tuesday, March 25 – Pat Neely
  • Wednesday, March 26 – Marc Forgione
  • Thursday, March 27 – Graham Elliot
  • Friday, March 28 – Andrew Zimmern
  • Saturday, March 29 – Rick Bayless

The World Culinary Showcase, running all four days of the National Restaurant Association Show, will feature chefs from across the country with a wide range of culinary specialties. Visit here for the full line-up, and see here for a look at last year’s World Culinary Showcase. To register for the National Restaurant Association Show 2014 and be entered in the Near-Chef Experience guests can visit

The annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest annual gathering of restaurant, food service, and lodging professionals in the world. The 2014 National Restaurant Association Show will be held May 17-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, and the 2014 International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event, held in conjunction with National Restaurant Association Show, will take place May 18-19. The events attract 65,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and the event showcases the latest products, services, innovative ideas, up-to-the-minute information about trends and issues, and more growth opportunities than any other industry event. For more information, visit the National Restaurant Association Show and IWSB websites at and, and find the NRA Show on Twitter @NRAShow, Facebook, Instagram @NRAShow, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest and its widely read NRA Show Blog.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 990,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13.5 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 17-20, 2014, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.

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