Fired Up Food Concept Competition – Winner Announced!

South Florida is booming with incredible culinary talent and Society 8 Hospitality wants to give one lucky Chef the tools they need to launch their concept and succeed in the fast-paced food & hospitality industry. One lucky winner will receive critical one-on-one mentorship from thought leaders in the food and hospitality industry as well as assistance with all startup costs and a Kiosk at Fort Lauderdale’s hottest dining destination; Sistrunk Marketplace.

Chefs will have two weeks to register to enter the competition via the Fired-Up Competition website: 

A review committee will select individual concept submissions by May 3rd. 

The first phase is our Online Fan Vote, contestants information is posted and they are given a link to have their biggest fans and our public spectators vote for their favorite food concepts. Online voting ends May 13th when 20 finalists will be announced.

The next phase will consist of 4 in-person elimination rounds. Each round will take place in front of an esteemed panel of judges featuring local notables and South Florida food journalists from local media outlets.

The inperson rounds are as follows:

TASTE: 20 Contestants bring prepared dish for each judge & present concept (Tuesday 5/17)

PRESENTATION: 8 remaining contestants- Evaluation of freshly prepared dishes & plating- (Tuesday, 5/24)

SALES:  4 remaining contestants – Evaluation of freshly prepared dishes & plating ((Tuesday, 5/31)

FINAL REVIEW : 3 final contestants judged on Overall Performance to declare the winner (Thursday, 6/2)

4 semi-finalists who will be featuring their concepts and signature menu item for all to enjoy. (Updated)

  • Green Fit
  • Island Made
  • Arepa Me Papi
  • Nola Creations

This round we are offering our local ticket holders the opportunity to try a sampling from each of the four contestants and cast a vote for who you would like to see as our next food kiosk at Sistrunk Marketplace Brewery & Food Hall.

Each ticket includes:

  • 4 – food samplings from our contestants
  • 1- Cocktail from Center Bar
  • 1- Vote for your favorite contestant.

Get your tickets now and be part of the action by voting for your favorite kiosk contestant.

For tickets, visit:

More Information

Photos by Weekend Broward during final competition on June 2nd, 2022:

And the winner is….

Thank you all  for being part of the “Fired Up Food Concept Competition” and helping select what you would like to be our next addition to Sistrunk Marketplace. All the competitors brought their “A” game and did an amazing job (tasty too) in showing off their concepts. However, there can only be one winner. We are happy to announce that “ISLAND MADE” will be the next addiion to the Sistrunk Family.
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