Philly Chef Conference features industry insider panels, live podcasts

Mike Traud, founder of the Philly Chef Conference
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The seventh annual Philly Chef Conference kicks off this weekend with a few new standout panels.

The event, hosted by Drexel University's Food and Hospitality Management Department, helps students engage with leaders in the restaurant and hospitality industry through panels, demonstrations and educational discussions. It delves not only into the Philadelphia food scene, but the industry nationwide.

Conference founder Mike Traud said there’s a full lineup of interesting presentations planned.

“You can see everything between amazing demos with some of the top pastry chefs in the U.S., but also see panels where they're talking about current issues in the restaurant industry,” he said. “You know everything from public relations to how food and beverage is changing the whole real estate market.”

New this year: The conference allotted time dedicated to restaurant podcasting.

“We have live podcast interviews being conducted on Sunday, March 1, and highlight what's going on nationally, the top issues, but also have Philadelphia as a backdrop in our thriving food and beverage scene,” Traud explained.

The tickets for Day 2 of the Philly Chef Conference may be sold out but we are excited to announce another event to the conference agenda. On Sunday March 1st at 10am, we will be partnering with @heritage_radio to host live podcasts featuring conference participants. Here is the lineup: @allindustry with @chefkatiebutton “A Hungry Society” with @korshawilson interviewing @cheferickwilliams and “Opening Soon” with @tilitnyc interviewing @enriquelimardo $25 ticket price includes breakfast by @c.b.daniels Only 40 seats available! Ticket link:

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He’s also looking forward to one of the conference’s standout panels, called “Restaurant Roundup.”

“We have some of the top food critics nationally coming in to talk about their work and what they see that's standing out throughout the United States,” he said. “These are professionals from Food & Wine magazine, GQ, Eater. Their job is to travel the United States and find the best restaurants, so to have all these people sitting on one panel and kind of giving their insight to what's working is an amazing opportunity.”

Special guests also include executive chefs and restaurant owners from around the world, plus a few local names like Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink, and Jean-George Vongerichten, who most recently opened his Comcast Technology Center restaurant 60 stories above the city.

For more on what to expect at the conference and to hear Traud's take on what's important in the food scene these days, listen to the KYW Newsradio original podcast What's Cooking on the RADIO.COM app.