Compete at the expo


2022 Competition Information 

Registration is NOW OPEN for all competitions at the 2022 Mid America Restaurant Expo & Conference. 

Participants must be at least 16 years old, and  work as an industry professional or be enrolled in a culinary program in order to be eligible. All Mixed Up contestants must be at least 21 years of age.


Mixed Up Cocktail Competition

The Mixed Up Cocktail Competition encourages participants to create a modern interpretation of a classic cocktail using five ingredients or less. Have a great bar program? Show it off at the first annual Mixed Up! Winners will receive a cash prize! For a full list of rules, CLICK HERE



Creative Cakes Competition

Creative Cakes now in person! Hosted at the Mid-America Restaurant Expo, Monday, September 26th, 2022.  Food Network competitor Nacho Aguirre will serve as a celebrity guest judge. Thousands of Expo attendees will view these entries and vote on People's Choice. Cash prizes and trophies will be available for top three teams. 


Be a Judge! 

For questions about becoming a judge,  contact Shoshanna Gross by email or at 917.628.3198

2020 Winners

2020 "Best of the Midwest" Pizza Pizzazz Winners 

1st place: Antonio’s Italian Ristorante, Carmela Cataldo

2nd place: DeFelice Brothers Pizza, Dominic DeFelice

3rd place: Sloopy’s Sports Café, Jeremy Corbin


2020 Burger Battle Winner: 

1st place: Hudson 29 Upper Arlington, Kelby Muehfeld

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