I am totally pumped to have been invited to be a Chef’s Challenge social media reporter for this Saturday’s event.
If you haven’t heard about it, the Chef’s Challenge is an amazing fundraiser for Mt. Sinai Hospital focusing on women’s health and raising money for breast and ovarian cancer research.
Picture a kitchen stadium where celebrity chefs Lynn Crawford, Chuck Hughes, Mark McEwan, David Rocco and Michael Smith work with foodie fundraisers to battle it out during a three-course meal service under the eagle eye of Guy Fieri who will be commenting through the event (hopefully there will be some yelling and mockery even). Each course must be delivered to a set of celebrity judges that will score the plates on taste, presentation and the crew’s work style and skill. There will be cameras, there will be commotion.
To attend the event you have to qualify by raising a minimum $2500 each. The Top 50 fundraisers get to test their kitchen skills on stage with one of the above Chef’s as team leaders.
Personally this sounds beyond stressful and I’ve worked in a kitchen, so I am eager to see how everyone fares under pressure. It was a love/hate deal for me. Maybe more hate.
There were several pre-events leading up to this Saturday, one was hosted by reigning champion Chef McEwan. Click here for more deets.
Then there was the cookie battle judged by Chuck Hughes (cookies! Chuck Hughes! can this be a monthly thing? Or even daily?)
And the very first event was at Chef John Cirillo’s Culinary Academy where some aspiring chefs got a few lessons in the kitchen.
Hopefully I have peaked your interest and you can follow my tweets Saturday night (@sueriedl) and also sign up to follow @chefschallenge for daily updates. The radiant Ivy Knight ( I was torn between radiant and luminescent) is part of the team organizing this event and you can follow her @ivyknight or at @Swallow_Food
For more information on the event please go to:
Huge thanks to Nick Lee for letting me use his photos of the events.