What You Missed at Last Night's Great Chefs Event Benefiting Alex's Lemonade Stand
Last night Iron Chefs mixed it up with Top Chefs and just about every other type of culinary celebrity imaginable at Urban Outfitters global HQ during Marc Vetri’s Seventh Annual Great Chefs Event. The sold-out affair, which brought upwards of 1,200 guests and more than 50 of the world’s premier restaurateurs and chefs to Philadelphia Navy Yard, met its goal of raising $1 million for childhood cancer research by way of the Alex’s Lemonade Foundation and the Vetri Foundation For Children. While a 21-course private dinner with Michael Solomonov, Jeff Michaud, Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin, which Solomonov sweetened with the promise of the chefs working in nothing but their undies, fetched $38,000 in an auction, Abe & Arthur’s chef Franklin Becker raked in $200,000 in donations solicited on the spot.
Meanwhile, Frédéric Morin, from Montreal’s Joe Beef, was super stoked to be on the scene of where the Philadelphia Experiment supposedly took place. Folks who got to try his foie gras double down were just as blown away. Chefs as diverse as Masaharu Morimoto, Alfred Portale, Jonathan Sawyer, Rocco Whalen and April Bloomfield turned out tasty plates all for a good cause. Grub Street was in the house and snapped some pictures of the chefs and their dishes. Click through, check them out, and drop us a comment about which ones look the most amazing.