By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief
Photo: Travel Channel
Anthony Bourdain – best known for his Emmy Award-winning series No Reservations and new programs The Taste (ABC) and Parts Unknown (CNN) – will take center stage at the 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB) in May in Chicago. He will deliver a talk, sign his latest books, and host Restaurants Rock, the official after-party NRA Show 2013 and IWSB.
As the celebrity host of Restaurants Rock, Bourdain will judge the action-packed IWSB Star of the Bar mixology competition finals – to be held live at the May 19 event at Chicago’s The Castle.
"As the foodservice industry gathers in Chicago, we are thrilled to welcome Anthony Bourdain as the official host of Restaurants Rock and speaker at NRA Show 2013. So plan to attend the greatest foodservice show on the planet to experience food, connections, innovations, ideas, inspiration, opportunity and more," said Jeffery W. Davis, Convention Chair for NRA Show 2013 and CEO of the United States Beef Corporation.
Bourdain has somewhat notoriously established himself as a professional advocate, social critic, and pork enthusiast, recognized for his caustic sense of humor worldwide. The “chef-at-large” at New York’s famed Brasserie Les Halles, Bourdain is the author of the bestselling Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly – as well as the bestselling graphic novel Get Jiro!, Les Halles Cookbook, and others.
talk and book signing will take place Monday, May
20, 2013. NRA Show 2013 happens May 18-21 at Chicago's McCormick Place.
In addition, Bourdain will also be in Chicago as part of his Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert tour Thursday, May 9 at the Auditorium Theatre. To buy tickets or see when he will be in your city, click here.