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O’Neale to visit HMRA Trade Expo

‘MasterChef’ winner slated to give cooking demo, sign cookbooks during OC show
Feb 15, 2018
Shaun O’Neale

(Feb. 16, 2018) Winner of FOX’s “MasterChef” season 7, Shaun O’Neale, will make his way to the East Coast to appear on the Culinary Stage during the 44th annual Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association’s Spring Trade Expo, held March 4-5 at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street.

O’Neale has been orchestrating dance floors from the DJ booth for almost 20 years and refining his culinary skills in home kitchens for just as long.

In the late 90’s, O’Neale found his love for electronic music and quickly climbed the DJ ranks in the underground rave scene, performing regularly with some of the pioneers of the dance music industry.

In Tampa Florida, in 2003, he would begin to move out of the underground scene and into the mainstream taking residency at some of South Florida’s most legendary nightclubs and performing at some of the biggest music festivals of the time.

O’Neale relocated to Las Vegas in 2008 and quickly became a staple in the Vegas pool and nightclub scene holding residencies at major venues like Liquid Pool, Bare Pool, Haze Nightclub, Light Nightclub and Daylight Pool. O’Neale was also in high demand for major corporate events such as Michael Jordan’s Celebrity Golf Tournament, Justin Timberlake’s Shriners Open and annual events for Playboy Magazine.

In 2010, O’Neale became the first DJ to ever perform on Las Vegas Boulevard for a New Year’s Eve celebration in front of over 100,000 people.

One thing has remained constant for O’Neale through the crazy years in the DJ booth was his absolute obsession with all things food.

Spending years developing and fine tuning his culinary skills, O’Neale came out of the home kitchen and into the spotlight in 2016 on season 7 of the hit FOX show “MasterChef.” With his elevated plating and big bold flavors, O’Neale quickly became a front runner and soon began to dominate the competition.

He had eight individual wins starting with the coveted white apron and ending with the MasterChef trophy. He was victorious in three Mystery Box Challenges, as well as, three elimination challenges setting a record for individual wins with his incredible flavors and unique eye for creating stunning plates.

Having the honor to cook for and learn from true masters in the culinary world like Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, Richard Blais, Aaron Sanchez, Edward Lee and Kevin Sbraga has only intensified his passion in the kitchen as he now moves on to the next phase as a chef, DJ and author of “My Modern American Table.”

Since his win, he has made several appearances on the Hallmark Channel and FOX, performed at MLB games and demoed, sampled, judged and hosted multiple culinary events all over the world.

Some of his past events include Gilroy Garlic Festival, Bite of Seattle, Cavendish Beach Music Festival (PEI Canada) and Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

O’Neale will entertain the crowd at the Ocean City Trade Expo on Sunday, March 4 at 11:30 a.m. Following his cooking demo, he will do a meet and greet and cookbook signing. For complete details, visit oceancitytradeexpo.com.

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