Blazing Kitchen, an ongoing interactive culinary event will blaze a trail of culinary demonstrations, seminars, tastings, and a Battle of High School chefs cook-off  at The 2nd Annual Miami Wine & Spirits Expo to be held  Friday, February 24 through Monday, February 27 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Blazing Kitchen Miami showcases the talents of chefs and sommeliers from renowned local restaurants and hotels to enable Miamians to discover and enjoy exquisite food, wines, beers, and spirits.  "You can learn about chocolate sculpting from master pastry chef Michel Chiche (Qzina);  taste paella, sushi, grass-fed beef from Uruguay from the best restaurants in town; compare the best domestic and international craft beers; learn about of tasting wine and how to identify the different aromas and components from one of the best sommeliers in town, Sebastien Verrier (St. Regis Hotel), and find out all about Bordeaux and its crus from Court of Master Sommelier Pascal Legrand," explains Culinary and Special Events Director Victor Passalacqua.

One of the highlights of Blazing Kitchen:  Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Mrs. Raquel Regalado will preside over the award ceremony at the High School Mystery Basket Culinary Competition on Sunday, February 26, at 5 p.m. pitting two of Miami-Dade’s best: Mast Academy vs. Braddock High.

Another treat: Cooking with and for kids.  Junior Chef Alexandre (11) will demonstrate how fast, easy and safe it is for kids to prepare their own meal  on Sunday, February 26, at 6 p.m.

The timing with the SoBe Wine and Food Festival is not serendipitous:  "This Expo is for food and wine lovers at all levels and all budgets," says Passalacqua.

Tickets are $75 (or $120 for two days). Admission is complimentary for accredited trade and press  who can register online or bring a business card; service industry associates can bring a copy of their liquor license for entry.   Miami Beach Convention Center 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL

For additional information, schedule, tickets and registration, please visit www.miamiwineexpo.com. Or contact Victor Passalacqua, vapisa100@aol.com

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