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Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2023
LV Convention Center

The 2023 NHS Celebrity Chef Cook-Off

Presented Alongside BBQ Nation


Chefs appointed by NHS exhibitors will go head-to-head in the Backyard, competing to prepare their best slider and tastiest appetizer for a panel of judges.

What is the NHS Celebrity Chef Cook-Off?


The NHS Celebrity Chef Cook-Off, presented alongside BBQ Nation, is an annual cooking competition that takes place in the NHS Backyard during the Show. NHS exhibitors appoint chefs to compete, each tasked with cooking their best slider and appetizer in just 60 minutes.

When the 60 minutes is up, each competitor must present their dishes to a panel of judges, to be tasted and scored based on three categories: Flavor, Creativity and Presentation. The competitors with the highest rated dishes will walk away with a cash prize and bragging rights – so the stakes are high!

When is the Cook-Off Taking Place?

The 2023 Cook-Off will begin on Day 2 (Wednesday, February 1) at 11:00am in the NHS Backyard, and judging commences at 12pm. The winners will be named directly after judging at approximately 12:30pm.

A Look Back at 2022

Competitors for the 2022 Celebrity Chef Cook-Off represented Blackstone, Traeger, Camp Chef, Duraflame and Blues Hog. The competition was tough, but Blues Hog’s Chef Tim Sheer walked away victorious as the first-place winner.

Click here for a recap of the 2022 Celebrity Chef Cook-Off

Why Should I Attend the Cook-Off?

Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition, right? As an added bonus, the competitors will be providing samples to the audience. Stop by to enjoy bite-sized sliders and watch the competition unfold!

Who’s Competing in the 2023 Cook-Off?

The following chefs representing NHS 2023 exhibitors will be competing in the Cook-Off:

  • Tim Scheer, Representing Blues Hog
  • Renea Caroline, Representing NexGrill
  • Steven O’Neill, Representing CitruSafe
  • Matt Lott, Representing Blackstone
  • Kevin Spenla, Representing Gozney
  • Mark Anderson & Ryan Fey, Representing Shark Ninja (Mark is doing the cooking, Fey will bring the epicness!)

If you’re an exhibitor interested in getting involved with the NHS Celebrity Chef Cook-Off, please reach out directly to your sales representative for more info.

The NHS Celebrity Chef Cook-Off is presented alongside BBQ Nation.