Vaughn, host of Food Network’s “Health Inspectors,” will guide event attendees through the four-day culinary showdown, scheduled for Nov. 7-10, as roughly 400 food champions compete for their portion of the $300,000 prize purse. The 2013 World Food Championships brings together competitors from the biggest and best food competitions around the world to showdown in seven supreme food categories. Winners from each category will then compete in a Final Table round, where a panel of judges will have the last word on who will be crowned World Food Champion. “I tasted some of the best, most creative and perfectly executed dishes while sitting on the Final Table judge’s panel in Vegas last year, so I gladly accepted the invitation to host the World Food Championships this year” said Ben Vaughn, host and emcee of the event. “I’m looking forward to making food memories and am excited to see what surprises the competitors have up their sleeves.” This year’s official World Food Championships competition categories include BBQ, chili, burger, sandwich, recipe (with a pasta focus), dessert and bacon. The road to the Final Table brings together chefs and foodies alike to compete to claim their share of more than $300,000 in cash and prizes. “We are thrilled to have Ben Vaughn as the voice of the World Food Championships this year,” said Mike McCloud, CEO and president of Trybe Targeting, the producers of the World Food Championships. “Ben’s unparalleled energy, his culinary expertise and his dynamic wit will help us deliver an exciting array of food, fun and sport for all ages. While in town, Vaughn will also be participating in BAR Magazine’s kick-off celebration featuring three events Nov. 7-9. The World Food Championship host will discuss trends in food, cooking and life, for the “Slice of Life” event concluding with a live Q+A session Thursday, Nov. 7, at Pizza Rock on the newly developed 3rd Street Promenade in downtown Las Vegas. The following morning, Vaughn will be volunteering his time (and his recipes) at “The Gourmet Soup Kitchen” event at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission on West Bonanza Road where he’ll be making and serving gourmet soup directly for the homeless. Lastly, Vaughn will be the guest of honor at the magazine’s launch party in conjunction with the “Back of the House Brawl” at Tommy Rocker’s Saturday, Nov. 9, starting at 10 p.m.
As a publicly-known chef and restaurateur, Im in a unique position to help educate fellow seafood retailers and consumers on how their choices can help transform the fishing industry for the better, said Bobby. As a personal commitment to the cause, Bobby introduced a responsible seafood menu at his restaurant using responsibly-sourced products from seafood companies that comply with best management practices in seafood production, some of which have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). Dwindling fish stocks Unsustainable fishing practices are causing tremendous stress on the regions marine resources, brought about by increasing seafood demand from around the world. Destructive fishing methods are still rampant in some parts of Asia Pacific and are rapidly destroying critical coral reef ecosystems. Without urgent transformative measures from fishing companies, seafood retailers, and consumers, fish stocks will continue to decline and we may not have enough fish resources left in the near future to secure our food and livelihood, said Ngo Tien Chuong, WWF-Vietnams Aquaculture Coordinator. Improving fisheries WWF has been working closely with the private and public sectors to help improve fishing practices through fisheries and aquaculture improvement projects that help fisheries adopt better management practices, and assisting them to eventually attain MSC and ASC certification. In Vietnam, for example, WWF helped the clam fishery in Ben Tre to be the first in Southeast Asia to get MSC certification in 2009, increasing its export price by as much as 50 per cent. In line with the governments goal to attain responsible pangasius production, WWF has also been working with pangasius exporting companies and has helped the industry achieve its first target of having 10 per cent of its total production ASC certified in 2012. An additional 15 per cent is expected by the end of 2013. These two sustainably certified seafood products are on Bobby Chins menu. This is a new model of cooperation and we hope that it will multiply and be applied to other industries in Vietnam. The success of this model will help Vietnamese industries, especially fisheries and aquaculture, to achieve its target toward sustainable development, said Ms. Tran Thu Nga, Chairwoman of Ben Tre Fishery Association.
Superstar Celebrity Events Shine Global Spotlight on Cotai Strip Resorts Macao
Over 80 international celebrities of cinema, television, theatre and music attended, including Quentin Tarantino, Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Perry, Sam Worthington, Avril Lavigne, Jackie Chan, Anthony Wong, Joey Yung, Nick Cheung, Jessica Jung of Girls Generation, Chinese opera singer Chang Dong, and Ono Lisa. Recent superstar concerts have included multiple performances by contestants of China’s hit reality TV series, “The Voice of China,” and two sold-out shows by global sensation Rihanna, who performed to her legion of fans in September. Justin Bieber takes the stage Oct. 12 to thrill his Asian ‘Beliebers,’ and Alicia Keys is bringing her powerful voice to the Venetian Theatre in November. Other exciting performances from the likes of Eason Chan, Ekin Cheng, Grasshopper and many more have rocked the arena. And as it did last year, The Venetian Macao is title sponsoring the prestigious Venetian Macau Open, which brings again to Macao some of the world’s best golfers, like multiple major winner Ernie Els, as they try to topple last year’s reigning champion Gaganjeet Bhullar. These and other star-studded events have been achieving great success for Cotai Strip Resorts Macao’s parent company, Sands China Ltd., in implementing its multi-tiered entertainment strategy, bringing a wide variety of superstar entertainment to the city, hosting the biggest names in film, television, music and sport at its Cotai Arena and Venetian Theatre. The benefits to Macao have been numerous and profound. Visitors continue to flock in droves, resulting in sold-out shows and full house audiences. The events themselves are often broadcast to reach an even wider audience: in China, throughout Asia, the United States, and online. In addition, increased press coverage by both traditional and online media outlets means more people around the world are being introducing to Macao, which has positioned itself as a world centre of tourism and leisure. The result is that global awareness of Macao and the Cotai Strip Resorts Macao brand are being raised to a new level. Iconic properties like The Venetian Macao are increasingly becoming the choice of film and television producers, providing an attractive venue for on-location shoots while offering the benefits and conveniences of an integrated resort setup. Recent examples include Zhang Ziyi’s latest romantic comedy, “My Lucky Star,” which features the Italian-themed resort prominently in its storyline, and the Star Plus telefilm series “Teri Meri Love Stories.” Sands China Ltd.