Keynote and Featured Session

Be inspired and awed by industry icons, celebrated figures, and innovative thinkers we’re bringing to the Show. 

Keynote '24

Monday, May 20, 2024 - 1:15 p.m. CDT  - Grand Ballroom, S100

Keynote Headliner

José Andrés

Chef, Restaurateur and Humanitarian


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 Association. 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. 

Presented By:

National Restaurant Show

Featured Session with Technomic:

Journey to 2030 - Forecasting the Future of Foodservice

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

Voyage into the future of the restaurant industry and explore what lies ahead in this vast ever-changing landscape. Robots? We’d bet on it. Drone delivery? Most likely. Plant-based proteins? Here to stay. But what will be new in 2030? Take a deep dive with Technomic and industry experts as they navigate us through projected opportunities, obstacles and the unknown (because what’s a good voyage without the thrill of not knowing what’s around the corner), to guide your long-term strategy and set you up for future success. 


Joe Pawlak

Managing Principal, Technomic


Liz Moskow

Food Futurist