Valley food entrepreneurs take ease. Just because the contest is called “Pressure Cooker” doesn’t mean you will be competing against Col. Sanders.
The Pressure Cooker Competition is the showcase event of the Made Central California food expo. Just like in “Shark Tank,” finalists will present their products to a panel of experts and a live audience.
The event will be televised locally by KSEE-24. The winner receives $10,000, with second- and third-place cash awards, as well.
Made Central California picks up where the California Food Expo (and Fresno Food Expo) left off. The last trade show event was in 2019.
“Like most industries right now, the food industry is being challenged to be more sustainable, to reduce and/or eliminate waste, and to integrate smarter technologies into everyday practices,” said Richard Caglia, president and CEO of the competition’s sponsor, Caglia Environmental.
Submission Deadline Next Month
“Audiences will be able to follow the top five to six finalists in the days and weeks leading up to the event and will hear their stories and learn about their journey in the food industry,” the event says.
Organizers say entries can include food products or food technology.
Return of the Food Event
The two-day event, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, is similar to the prior Fresno Food Expo and California Food Expo. The first day will be geared toward industry professionals seeking to network with each other.
Day 2 features the trade show during the day, and public exhibits starting at 5 p.m. The events include Taste Central California, Foodie Favorite Awards, and the restaurant competition.
The original Fresno Food Expo started in 2011 and expanded in 2018 as the California Food Expo. The organization dissolved after the 2019 event, before the start of the pandemic, citing economic hardships.
Made Central California is organized by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce.