Angelo Sosa, Michael Symon and Jonathan Waxman!
Last week, I had the great honor of covering the Autism Speaks 6th Annual Celebrity Chef Gala. While the majority of events I cover usually all about the food, this event combined both spectacular cuisine with a great cause; I felt absolutely privileged to attend!
The event, hosted by Michael Symon of “The Chew,” and featuring celebrity chefs such as Tom Colicchio, Angelo Sosa, Mike Isabella, Masaharu Morimoto and so many more, it is no wonder that Autism Speaks raised over $1.6 million with this event alone, funding research and advocacy initiatives for individuals with autism.
The event took place at Cipriani Wall Street, an absolutely gorgeous venue:
More than 90 top chefs – one chef per sponsor table – prepared and served a four-course meal table side exclusively for their guests. It was so fascinating and surreal to see full ovens and ranges interspersed between every table – the set-up was quite elaborate!
I had a lot of fun attending the cocktail hour preceding the dinner, where several chefs presented hors d’oeuvres that were seriously amazing. I’d like to believe they *meant* for me to try 6 of each, and I was just being compliant.
Some amazing highlights included this fois gras custard – call me uncouth but I would eat a big tub of this. So addictive..
This Wellington crostini with charred strip steak, foie gras and marrow mustard was an exquisite combination of numerous flavors and textures:
I love anything with beets (and hello, goat cheese!), so this Ohio honey infused goat cheese mousse, beet gelee, ganache and pistachio dacquoise was a sweet and tangy fave:
My eating buddy especially favored the Ohio maple caramelized lobster with brown butter miso vinaigrette, and I’d have to agree:
And how about a runny quail egg? Yes please! This beef tartare with chef-grown pickled ramps on shiso with quail egg was delicate yet intensely flavorful:
I took a break from stuffing my face to catch Morimoto mugging for the camera:
And posing with Michael Symon – they seemed to be having such a great time!
Here Chefs Symon and Morimoto pose with Autism Speaks co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright:
Why hello, Angelo Sosa!
And much more mingling, snacking, and watching the experts do their thing!
The Autism Speaks 6th Annual Celebrity Chef Gala was, once again, a huge success in raising money for autism research and advocacy, and a truly spectacular event. It was heartwarming to see so many chefs come together for one evening, sharing the mastery of their skill for a great cause and having fun in the process!
2012 PARTICIPATING CHEFS
Julian Alonzo, Brasserie 8 ½
Nate Appleman, Chipotle
Tyler Atwell, Mandarin Oriental
Wolfgang Ban, Seasonal
Aaron Bashy, The Water Club
Franklin Becker, Executive Chef and Event Co-Chair
Jonathan Benno, Lincoln Ristorante
Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa and Toro
Wayne Brachman, Porterhouse New York
Terrance Brennan, Picholine and Artisanal
Ed Brown, Ed’s Chowder House
Ryan Butler, Whitehall
Joey Campanaro, The Little Owl, Village Belle and Market Table
Marco Canora, Terroir and Hearth
Richard Capizzi, Lincoln Ristorante
Floyd Cardoz, North End Grill
David Carmichael, New York Palace Hotel
Cesare Casella, Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto
Jansen Chan, Oceana
Tom Colicchio, Colicchio & Sons
Stephen Collucci, Colicchio & Sons
Kate Cowan, Delicatessen
Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière
Jennifer Domanski, Crosby Street Hotel
Shaun Doty, Bantam + Biddy
Brian Doyle, SOW Food Catering and Prepared CSA
Brad Farmerie, PUBLIC and Saxon + Parole
Michael Ferraro, Delicatessen
Neal Fraser, The Rectory at Vibiana
Katsuya Fukushima, Daikaya Restaurant
Michael Gabriel, The Sea Grill
Michael Ginor, Hudson Valley Foie Gras and LOLA
Marcus Gleadow-Ware, Aureole
Laurant Gras, Executive Chef
Lee Hanson, Minetta Tavern
Rusty Hamlin, Zac Brown Band
Amon Hayon, LOLA
Brooks Headley, Del Posto
Kerry Heffernan, South Gate
Manabu Inoue, MORIMOTO
Mike Isabella, Graffiato
Johnny Iuzzini, Sugar Fueled INC
Tommy Juliano Jr., ON20
Romuald Jung, Bagatelle
Mark Ladner, Del Posto
Chris Leahy, Lexington Brass
John Lee, Marseille and Nice Matin
Christina Lee, Recette
Which of the above chefs would you love to have cook dinner for you?