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Kids Who Care Heats up the Night with the 18th Annual Cookin’ For Kids!

Kids Who Care Heats up the Night with the 18th Annual Cookin’ For Kids!

What do you get when you fill a room with Fort Worth’s top chefs for a live, cook-off showdown? A benefit party full of hilarious, delicious fun! Join us this Sunday, March 1st at 5pm at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth for the 18th Annual Cookin’ for Kids. All proceeds benefit Kids Who Care, making arts education and production available to all families

Cookin’ For Kids is a unique and fun evening that showcases both Amateur and Celebrity chefs as the entertainment centerpiece. Seasoned chefs test their culinary skills in a fast paced cook-off while guests enjoy samples from area restaurants, wineries, breweries and bakeries and bid on the chef plate of their choice. Amazing items are up for Silent and Live Auctions throughout the night, with Dillard’s as the exclusive sponsor of the Big Board. The Dillard’s Big Board will feature “Dream Aprons” that will include high end themed items up for bid. The evening benefits Kids Who Care; a non-profit organization that produces great kids through leadership, musical theatre training and performance.

Cook-off Specifics
Each participating chef receives a cooler of “secret” ingredients which will not be opened until the Cook-Off begins
The ingredients include spices, condiments, vegetables, fruit and a nice cut of meat that has been selected and prepared by a professional Chef.
All participants receive the same ingredients and have the same amount of time to prepare their presentation.
Each Chef is asked to prepare two identical plates; one to be tasted and evaluated by a panel of Judges one to be auctioned and eaten immediately by event guests .
Awards are given for:
Top Professional Chef
Top Amateur Chef
Best Presentation
Most Delicious
Amateur chefs may bring their own “sous chef” to help in the competition.
Professional Chefs will be paired with a Notable Texans during the competition

Featured Chefs:
Deb Cantrell – Savor Culinary Services
Terry Chandler – Fred’s Texas Cafe
Andrew Dilda – Barter Restaurant and Bar
Mark Hitri – Billy Bob’s Texas
Jerrett Joslin – The Wild Mushroom
Colin Kelly – Silver Fox Steakhouse
Vance Martin – Lili’s Bistro
Kevin Martinez – Tokyo Cafe
Christof Syre – Executive Chef, Four Seasons
Ke’o Velasquez – Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Jen Williams – Sera Dining & Wine

Notable Texans:
Hal Brown – Publisher Owner, Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
Daniel Black – Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor
Fernando Costa – Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Worth
Mary Louise Garcia – Tarrant County Clerk
Melissa & Jimmy Ice – Executive Director, The Net Green River Ordinance
J.R. Labbe – Vice President, Communications, JPS Health Network
Sharon Leite – EVP Sales & Customer Experience, Pier 1 Imports
MaryAnn Means-Dulfrene – Executive Director, Susan G. Komen of Greater Tarrant County
Cheryl Mobley – President, Texas Health Specialty Hospital
Gary Randle – Executive Director, HOPE Farm
Councilwoman Ann Zadeh – Disctrict 9, City of Fort Worth
Tera Beall – 92.1 HANK FM / 95.9 The Ranch Special Events and Retail Marketing Director

Event Details:
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Cendera Center
3600 Benbrook Highway
Fort Worth, TX 76116
5:00 Event Kick-Off