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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 90 minutes.

When the 90 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 Cook-Off will begin on Day 2 (Wednesday, February 1) at 10:30am in the NHS Backyard, and judging commences at 12pm. The winners will be named during the NHS & NHPA Awards Ceremony, beginning at 5:15pm in the Backyard on February 1.

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!

I’m an Exhibitor. Why Should I Participate in the Cook-Off?

NHS exhibitors in the grilling space can appoint a chef to compete in the Cook-Off at no cost. Exhibitors are responsible for bringing their own grills, smokers, food and supplies, and are welcome to adorn their participating chefs in branded apparel. Attendees will flock to watch the competition and enjoy samples, and parts of the Cook-Off will be filmed and promoted post-show to the NHS community, creating great brand exposure for your products and company.

Did we mention that the winners will walk away with a cash prize?

How Can Exhibitors Sign Up for the Cook-Off?

If you’re interested in learning about how you can participate in the Celebrity Chef Cook-Off, please reach out directly to your sales representative for more info.