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New England Food Show

So…I went to the New England Food Show again this year. I attend every year. As with all the other years, my biggest complaint is not enough food.The main reason I go is to see new and exciting food ideas and trends. I attend to get inspiration. I don’t go to stuff myself into a food coma. Samples are nice but I am looking to try something new to stir my taste buds. I’m a Chef; I don’t want to just sample ice cream and fried stuff. Get me excited!

The majority of the floor space is taken by kitchen equipment and services. I have no issue with these exhibitors being there. I’m sure many restaurant peeps are looking for these. However, the name of the show is the New England Food Show. Maybe they should change it to New England Restaurant Show? If you go to the car show, you want to see cool and new cars. If you go to the home show, you hope to see new stuff for your house. So why not new and exciting foods at the food show?

I did find a few new ideas. I’ve been looking for more gluten free options. Bob’s Red Mill was at the show. They gave me a sample of a new gluten free flour to try. If this works, I can make our own gluten free desserts. The produce company I use was also at the show. They have partnered with Moody’s of Waltham MA. Moody’s makes the best in-house charcuterie in MA! We offer charcuterie on the banquet menu and want to add it to the regular menu. Now I can get it delivered with my produce.

I was impressed with this year’s push on technology and social media. This is very crucial to marketing in the 21st Century.


The main stage was for speakers and cooking demos. I went on Sunday and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian was the keynote speaker. He was interesting to listen about cooking and he has real personality. This can’t be said about every Chef. The show has local Chef’s doing demos. Just because you make amazing food doesn’t mean you can entertain on the stage. Let’s face it, some Chef’s like to stay in the kitchen for a reason. To get on the stage, you need great personality. This needs to be equal with the food. It’s all about the total experience! I sent the food show a tweet offering to do a cooking demo next year. Anyone who knows me, knows I can put on a show!

The show moved to February this year and that’s the plan for next year. In previous years it was held in March and shared the convention center with the New England Seafood Show. That worked well for me because the seafood show had tons of seafood and ideas for seafood. This is why it’s called the New England Seafood Show.

You want more attendees? Bring more food to the food show. More attendees will bring more exhibitors. It will be a win-win!

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Passion

When you love something enough to classify it as passion, then you want the whole world to know about it. With this in mind, I am using this post as a re-launch of the Mad Good Food blog.

Webster’s defines passion as “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something”. The word passion also comes from the Latin verb patī meaning to suffer.

I knew in high school that I had a passion for cooking. I did apply and was accepted to Johnson & Wales. Back in those days, Chefs were not “cool”. My parents rolled their eyes and said “you don’t want to be a cook when you grow up”. So I went with another passion and spent 25 years in the live entertainment business. During those 25 years my passion for cooking never left, it actually grew! To the point where it sent me to culinary school and a new career in culinary.

Working in the restaurant industry is a test of ones cooking passion every day. Ask any Chef! While the Chef may have the passion, it does not mean all his/her employees do. To most kitchen staff in the industry, it’s just a job. They come to work, do their labor, get paid, and go home.

Cooking for me is truly an art. Like an entertainer, I want people to try my food. I want them to love it. Knowing they enjoy my food is a rush to my brain and fuels the passion. Get paid for the passion and you got the perfect dish.

No matter what business you are currently in, it’s never too late to follow your passion. If your passion is what you do now, take it to the next level. Don’t let anyone stop you. If you have a passion you want to follow, do it! You want to love what you get paid for. Don’t make your career a “job”.