When you picture cooking competitions, who do you picture cooking up a storm? Seasoned (pun intended) vets in the kitchen, talented chef/owners who own culinary empires, food truck operators, or CIA grads ready to make names for themselves? How about a group of kids? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll get when you head to the Future Chef’s Cook Off on June 8, 2014 from 12 to 3 at The Italian Center in Stamford. Tickets are $35 online or $40 at the door, $10 online or $15 at the door for ages 7-18, and free for kids 6 and under. Tickets get you in the door, get you tastings of all the food, and get you the happiness in knowing that you’ll be helping kids with cancer via Yale-New Haven Hospital.
As we told you back on March 19, this event was organized by Hunter Zampa (the youngest Chopped champion, btw) who wanted to help out his friend and classmate Eli who was diagnosed with Leukemia. Countless young talented chefs applied to be a part of the Future Chef’s Cook Off, but only ten were selected by Aarón Sánchez and Missy Chase Lapine, The Sneaky Chef. Over the past couple of months, these young and talented kitchen mavens were paired with chefs from local restaurants to work on signature dishes.
In addition to all the eating with the talented kids and teens paired with chefs and bakers from Bobby Q’s, Boulevard 18, Cafe Oo La La, Casa Villa, Char, DiMare, Tabouli Grill, Volta, and Westover Pizza, there will also be lots of things to do…and bid on. There will be a visit from the Animal Embassy, a performance from the Locust Performance Arts Center, an arts & crafts center, and face painting. Plus, get some tickets and try to win a 2 night stay at the W Hotel in NYC, tickets to the Rachael Ray Show, a private cooking party, and more.
Hopefully you can come out to support these talented young chefs, their supporting restaurants, and the great work that everybody is putting in to help wipe out childhood cancer. If you can’t make the event and would still like to help out, please click here.