On Saturday, February 8th 2014, I was apart of a great cause which united two of my biggest passions, my love for cooking and my interest in charity & fundraising. Mt. Sinai Hospital hosted the Chef’s Challenge with multiple celebrity chefs attending, including one of my favourites Giada de Laurentiis. I was thrilled!
I raised enough money to participate in the Chef’s challenge. I competed on stage with the top 50 fundraisers in an “Iron Chef” type setting! Teams were led by celebrity chefs and given a secret ingredient to signal – it’s show time! If you were a TOP fundraiser, you got to choose which celebrity chef you’d like to work with, my goal was to have Giada lead my team! This dream did not come to fruition, however, I was led by another amazing chef David Rocco. We had a blast 😉
Given my medical history, treatment at Mt. Sinai and fantasy to be a leading chef I couldn’t think of a more fitting event to put my energy into! I was really excited to participate and appreciated everyone’s help in getting me on that stage. I look forward to joining again next year!
As a Pre Chef’s Challenge event Narrative Nikki and I spent an evening at Cirillo’s Culinary Academy. About 50 peopled joined the evening in what turned out to be a super fun cooking class. We made chicken cacciatore, mushroom risotto and a dessert fit for a queen! The facility was large, clean, functional and perfect for this type of engagement!