Top Fund-Raisers Cook Alongside Bobby Flay at Chef's Challenge for a Cure
Noting an increased interest this year, Solutions With Impact expanded the local celebrity chef roster to six and invited the top 60 (up from 50) fund-raisers to cook onstage. With more people on stage this year, the event required a venue change from the Carlu to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which offered more backstage space. The competing amateur chefs were placed on teams of 10, each led by a local chef. The six teams cooked three courses onstage, while the 500 additional fund-raisers looked on and dined on a five-course meal designed by Flay.
New this year: an audience throwdown—a surprise tableside competition that had three tables competing to make the best Caesar salad. Hock said he added the event “so that we get all the people attending participating.”
The gala began with a cocktail reception and silent action and was followed by dinner and the onstage competition. The event raised $1.2 million for breast and ovarian cancer research and education initiatives at Mount Sinai.
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