Food Network’s Ted Allen Teams Up with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to Support Future Foodservice Leaders

Food Network’s Ted Allen Teams Up with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to Support Future Foodservice Leaders

Allen to emcee inaugural TREND fashion show at the 23rd Annual Salute to Excellence

(Chicago) Giving back is in fashion at this year’s Salute to Excellence gala benefitting the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) youth development programs. This annual fundraiser showcases some of the restaurant and foodservice industry’s biggest names, and this year will feature specialty fashion show TREND, spotlighting style in foodservice apparel and gear from this year’s National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show exhibitors. Decked out in cooking couture, models will walk the catwalk emceed by Food Network’s star Ted Allen.

“It is thrilling to be a part of such an exciting and original event,” said Allen, host of the culinary competition series Chopped. “The restaurant and foodservice industry is an environment that fosters innovation and creativity, and this fundraiser supports the future leaders of the industry while mixing trends in food and fashion – an inspiring combination.”

The NRAEF’s annual Salute to Excellence draws more than 800 of the industry’s most influential and inspiring individuals together to support NRAEF’s programs, including the ProStart program and the NRAEF Scholarship Program. In addition to the newly installed fashion show, achievement plays a big part in the evening as the NRAEF recognizes outstanding students, educators and a slate of industry legends as its 2010 honorees: S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A; Ferdinand Metz, CMC; Dr. Jerald Chesser, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Alice Elliot, The Elliot Group; and Denise Fugo, Sammy’s.

“It is our privilege to host Salute to Excellence and spotlight our industry’s top stars,” said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association and NRAEF. “Ted Allen’s participation in the TREND fashion show brings a new level of excitement and originality to this year’s event in support of our efforts to strengthen the industry’s prosperity, prominence and community involvement.”

Now in its 23rd year, Salute to Excellence celebrates the current and future leaders of our industry. This event is made possible by the generous contributions of founding partner The Coca-Cola Company, as well as Ecolab, Inc., Rich Products, Sweet Street Desserts, Tim Hortons USA, Georgia-Pacific Professional, Kellogg’s, Procter & Gamble Professional, American Express, Livebookings, and Nation’s Restaurant News. Special thanks to our 2010 TREND sponsors: Chef Revival,, ChefWorks, Crocs Professional Footwear, Dansko, Dickies Occupational Wear, and Shoes for Crews.

Tickets for the Salute to Excellence may be purchased individually or by a table of eight. For more information or to purchase tickets online, please call (312) 715-5384 or visit

The annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals. NRA Show 2010 will be held May 22-25, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event attracts tens of thousands of attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and showcases more products, services, innovative ideas and other growth opportunities than any other industry event. For more information, visit the Show Web site at


As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) enhances the restaurant industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement, and promotion of career opportunities. The restaurant and foodservice industry comprises 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of nearly 13 million employees, making it one of the nation’s largest employers. The NRAEF is focused on working with the Association to lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence and participation by providing the valuable tools and resources needed to educate our current and incoming employees. For more information on the NRAEF, visit

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