Aarón Sánchez to Judge Future Chefs Cook Off Hosted by Hunter Zampa to Benefit Friend with Leukemia

19 Mar
Chef Hunter Zampa who competed on Rachael vs. Guy discusses the finer points of his killer venison chili

Hunter Zampa is the youngest Chopped Champion and competed in the show Rachael vs. Guy!

“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.
Even longer,’ Pooh answered.”
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

Friends.  They gladly give of themselves to help you, support you, and get you through the hardest moments of your life.  That’s just what Hunter Zampa of Stamford (13) is doing with a fundraiser that he’s organized.  He wanted to help his schoolmate, Eli Schwartz, who was diagnosed with Leukemia.  So, using his skills in the kitchen and bringing together a team of culinary hopefuls, he created an event called Future Chefs Cook Off, being held at The Italian Center of Stamford.  While it’s still far away (6/8/14 from 12-3), Hunter’s on the lookout for some talented future chefs, high school age or younger.  Entries are due by midnight of April 8 and the Top 10 contestants will be posted on Hunter’s FB page on April 21.

On the day of the event, the Top 10 kids will compete against each other, seeing who has the culinary chops.  Each future chef will be paired with a local restaurant and will produce a recipe that will be featured and served on June 8.  The winner won’t be hard to choose, either, but Hunter has some help in that area.  That’s because he’ll have some guest judges to help out:  The Sneaky Chef, Aarón Sánchez of Chopped/Heat Seekers/Restaurateur (will be opening a Stamford restaurant soon), and more to be announced later. 

All proceeds from this event will be given to the Schwartz Family, Kula for Karma‘s therapeutic yoga, and Go4theGoal‘s programs at Yale’s pediatric oncology division.

So, make sure to sign up if you’re a kid who loves cooking and also make sure to come on down.  We’ll have more details as we get closer to the event.

One Response to “Aarón Sánchez to Judge Future Chefs Cook Off Hosted by Hunter Zampa to Benefit Friend with Leukemia”


  1. Top 10 Local Kids Compete @ Future Chef’s Cook Off w/ Tastings, Activities, and Raffles | OmNomCT - May 27, 2014

    […] we told you back on March 19, this event was organized by Hunter Zampa (the youngest Chopped champion, btw) who wanted to help […]


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