Before the holidays, we told you about the Philly Chef Conference coming to Drexel on January 13 and 14. For those of you who missed it, this is an industry-only conference that’s aiming at bringing together all the cooks and chefs in town for a two-day event where they can hang out, learn, teach, drink and just generally get together in a way that chefs rarely do to talk about issues relating to the restaurant scene in Philly.
When this thing started, Mike Traud from Drexel’s hospitality school already had the schedule larded with big names (Justin Bogle, Michael Solomonov, Joey Baldino, Chris Kearse, Nick Elmi, Joncarl Lachman, Greg Vernick, Josh Lawler–and that’s just by lunch time on Day One), but now he has even more as chefs and suppliers jump on board.
Some of the recently added highlights:
- A breakfast provided by Rival Bros. Coffee and Federal Donuts
- Tom Kehoe of Yards, Gene Muellar of Flying Fish, and Doug Hager of Brauhaus will be joining the beer discussion
- Shola Olunloyo doing a demo on the "Introduction to Tools of The Modernist Kitchen"
- A new food trends panel called "Food Trends: the food, the bad, and the things food writers call food trends" with Scott Schroeder, Ben Puchowitz, Jason Cichonski, and Drew Lazor
- A food truck lunch from Pituco Pizza, Spot Burger, Street Food Philly, The Cow and the Curd
Tickets are still available and, yes, it's still industry-only. But if you're a cook, a supplier, a sous chef with dreams of opening your own restaurant someday, this is where you ought to be on January 13 and 14. Tickets are $195 for full access on both days and a full schedule for the event can be found at the Philly Chef Conference website.
Philly Chef Conference [Official]
Schedule of events [Philly Chef Conference]