Taste of Travel Theater

Get A Taste of World Cuisine on the Taste of Travel Theater

Wake up your senses on this one of a kind, stadium seating styled theater located right on the show floor! Nothing connects a traveler to a destination more than food. At the Taste of Travel Theater, you’ll transport your taste buds to a different area of the world and discover the unique cultural flavors of local, regional and worldwide cuisines.

Hosted By:
Matt Hensler
Director of Integrated Marketing, Blast! Marketing & PR

Schedule and performances subject to change without prior notice, please check back often for updates.

Event MC:

Anthony Martorina, Culinary Fight Club

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10:30 am – 11:15 am


Chef Marco Lim, Executive Chef, Marco Padang Peranakan Restaurant
Wanda Mahardi, Food and Beverage Manager & Mixiologist, Marco Culinary Concepts – Marco Padang Peranakan Restaurant

Recipe: Beef Rendang
Beef shank stewed in coconut milk mixed with herbs and spices and West Sumatran grounded red chili. Cooked for 8 hours with traditional techniques using wood burning stove.

Recipe: Jahe Lemon / Lemon Ginger
Refreshing drink blended with ginger served with lemongrass and lemon juice.

Recipe: Ice Coffee Padang

Travel Indonesia - Travel and Adventure Show     logo_marcopadang

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

JAPANESE “UDON” Experience

Chef Lisako Horimoto

Recipe: Kake Udon and Udon Salad
Description: Discover the beauty of Japanese cuisine. Lisako Horimoto creates Japanese meals with simple ingredients. “Udon” is Japan’s traditional noodle. Lisako uses the famous “Sanuki Udon” noodle to take you on a culinary tour of Japan. We’ll introduce you to traditional & healthy recipes from Japan while showcasing our outstanding Japanese hospitality. Begin with a sample of traditional Japanese food here, then finish your journey by going to Japan to experience more great cuisine.

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1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Culinary Fight Club Food Demo with Special Guest Appearance by Andrew Zimmern

Anthony Martorina, Culinary Fight Club
Andrew Zimmern, Three-Time James Beard Award-Winning TV Personality, Chef, Writer and Teacher


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2:15 pm – 3:00 pm


Chef Gabe Kennedy, aka Green Gabe   

Recipe: Taiwan Night Market Style Dishes
Description: Gabe recently traveled to Taiwan for a food and culture adventure. He will demonstrate night market style Taiwanese dishes that can be recreate at your own home with local ingredients!

Tour Taiwan - Travel Shows

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

L&E Oyster Bar

Spencer Bezaire, Chef, Oyster Director, and Co-Owner, L&E Oyster Bar


Event MC:

Anthony Martorina, Culinary Fight Club

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10:30 am – 11:45 am

Culinary Fight Club

MC: Chef Jernard Wells
Cheferee: Anthony Martorina

About Culinary Fight Club
If you’re into cooking, eating, drinking, networking with like minds and passion with interest in a little competition – then this is the monthly event for you!

WHAT’ IS CULINARY FIGHT CLUB?  SEE FOR YOURSELF… https://youtu.be/86Zvg_-pgR4   

Contestants have (60) minutes to impress (2) judges, using (1) 10k BTU Burner and (15) supplied & (3) surprise ingredients, all to be judged on that one perfect bite!

Home Chefs, Culinary Students, Moms, Caterers, Executive Chefs….If you can cook, you can play! Interested? Email us a few sentences why you should compete and a picture to cook@culinaryfightclub.com. (Space fills up fast!). We also ask that you help build the buzz!

Attend an upcoming #CulinaryFightClub and talk to us! You must attend at least (1) event before being considered. At each event we try to have a variety of Judges: Food Blogger, Hospitality Expert, Restaurateur, and a Wild Card! Questions, email us at cook@culinaryfightclub.com

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12:15 pm – 1:00 pm


Chef Bruce Yim, Executive Chef at the Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in Tucson, Arizona
Marcos Seville, Executive Chef, Omni Resorts, Montelucia, Scottsdale

Recipe: Compressed Watermelon, Fiore di Capra Goat Cheese, Sonoran Wheat Berries, Dos Manos Honey Citrus Vinaigrette
Recipe: Avocado and Sweet Crab Bisque Coconut, Lime, Prickly Pear Glaze, Micro Cilantro

Arizona - Travel and Tourist Expo   logo_haciendadelsol

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Amazing Thailand

Vanda and Cathy Asapahu, Chef and Owner – Ayara Thai Cuisine

Recipe: Massamun Oxtail Curry
Recipe: Los Angeleno Papaya Salad

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2:45 pm – 3:30 pm


Leonie McDonald, Owner of Strictly Vegan Jamaican Cuisine, Inc. Catering, Rancho Cucamonga, California

Recipe: Vegan Reggae Wrap (Has Gluten & Soy)
Recipe: Jerk Chicken Reggae Wrap (Has Gluten, No Soy)
Caribbean Salsa is Gluten & Soy FREE

We aim to provide healthy and nutritious Jamaican inspired vegan dishes and fresh organic juices that will feed your mind, body, and soul.