Celebrity Chef, Digital Food Influencer and JCPenney Buyer to Judge Dallas Gourmet Gold Housewares Awards

DALLAS – December 18, 2018 – Dallas Market Center announces a notable panel of culinary experts and influencers for its Gourmet Gold Housewares Awards, to be presented during January Total Home & Gift Market, January 16-22, 2019.

The Gourmet Gold Housewares Awards is an esteemed awards program that recognizes exceptional manufacturers in the housewares industry exhibiting at Dallas Market Center. Connecting buyers with abundant opportunities for product discovery, Dallas Market Center’s housewares resources have expanded and improved in recent years. The category now totals nearly 300 product lines featured throughout a dedicated neighborhood in the Trade Mart and across the marketplace.

Gourmet Gold Judges:

· Ingrid Hoffmann, celebrity chef and NBC, Telemundo and Cooking Channel star. In addition to judging the Gourmet Gold Housewares Awards, Ingrid will also hold a book signing on January 17 at 10 a.m. inside Gourmet Market, featuring her newest release, Latin Comfort Foods Made Healthy.

· Rachel Pinn, popular food blogger, media writer, influencer and restaurant reporter for Dallas Market Center’s new Spark magazine. Rachel is a notable contributor to The Dallas Observer, Where Traveler, Eater Dallas and many others.

· Steven Fritchen, housewares buyer for JCPenney will serve as the retailer’s voice on this expert panel of judges.

The Gourmet Gold Housewares Awards will present awards in eight categories: Cookware & Bakeware, Kitchen Electronics, Kitchen Tools & Gadgets, Tabletop & Serveware, Cutlery, Barware & Beverageware, Outdoor Kitchen & Accessories and Hydration & Thermal Drinkware. A special Best in Class award selected from among the category winners. Entries will be judged based on innovation, user-friendliness and visual appeal.

For more information visit Gourmet Gold Awards and to stay connected make sure to use #GourmetGold on social media. For a complete list of events and to make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the DMC Daily Dose blog.

About Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at www.dallasmarketcenter.com.