Keynote and Featured Session

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Keynote '24

Sunday, May 19, 2024 - 2:00 p.m. CST  - Grand Ballroom, S100

Keynote Headliner

José Andrés

Chef, Restaurateur and Humanitarian

KEYNOTE moderator

Michelle Korsmo

President & Chief Executive Officer, National Restaurant Association 

A discussion with acclaimed chef, restaurateur and humanitarian José Andrés

The 2024 Restaurant Show Keynote will feature a captivating discussion with acclaimed chef, restaurateur, and humanitarian, José Andrés. A true visionary in both the culinary and humanitarian realms, José will explore the profound influence food can have on communities and how his own culinary journey has intertwined with his philanthropic efforts. 

Drawing on his extensive experience as a world-renowned chef and the founder of World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that has provided millions of meals to those in need, José will share valuable insights on building sustainable food systems, empowering communities, and the crucial importance of giving back. His passion for using food as a tool for social impact aims to inspire positive change within communities.

The keynote session will begin with an introduction and presentation by Michelle Korsmo, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Show. Following the introduction, Michelle will moderate a discussion with José, delving into his experiences in the restaurant industry and emphasizing the importance of vision, culinary innovation, and the transformative power of food.