Events with Award-Winning and Celebrity Chefs

Whether you’re watching old episodes of Cutthroat Kitchen on Netflix or binging the latest season of The Great British Bake-Off, we can all admit that it’s fun (and enlightening!) to learn about how food is made. If you’re looking to add a little oomph to your next dining event, you might consider one of the following events with a celebrity or award-winning chef at the helm of it. The skill and palate these chefs bring to your event is sure to wow everyone in attendance.

Jason Cichonski, Ela, Philadelphia

Former Top Chef competitor Jason Cichonski helms Ela, an eatery situated in Philly’s hip Queen Village. While inside the space’s chic industrial interior (complete with mood-setting Edison Bulbs), your guests will be treated to a five course dinner paired with complimentary cocktails—everything from an alliterative tuna tataki tartare to a diver scalloped noodle dish—sure to set the mood perfectly and impress your guests. In addition, Cichonski himself will be on-hand to demo how to prepare one of the night’s dishes to your group.

Lidia Bastianich/Fortunado Nicotra, Felidia, New York City

New York is known for going big, so it’s no surprise that it’s there that you’ll find a restaurant with a double dose of celebrity chef at Felidia. Renowned restaurateur and TV personality Lidia Bastianich runs this James Beard Award-nominated Manhattan East Side staple, and award-winning executive chef Fortunado Nicotra presides over a menu of innovative classic and contemporary Italian food. In addition to passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne to start, guests will enjoy a four-course tasting menu with perfectly paired wines as well.

Rick Moonen, rm seafood, Las Vegas

Former Top Chef competitor and James Beard Award semifinalist Rick Moonen helms rm seafood in Las Vegas, which is sure to impress your guests. Moonen’s all-American menu is enhanced by his reputation for sustainable food advocacy, and guests will have the opportunity to speak to Moonen during a sumptuous four-course meal prepared in a private space with a top shelf call bar.

Katsuya Uechi, Katsuya, Los Angeles

L.A.’s Katsuya has the distinction of being the L.A. Times’s Reader’s Choice for “Best Sushi Restaurant in Southern California,” and with celebrity chef Katsuya Uechi in the kitchen, it’s little surprise. At this event, guests will arrive at a sectioned off area of the expertly designed Phillippe Starck space and enjoy specialty cocktails, innovative rolls and impeccable sushi courtesy of Chef Uechi, who will greet each table to seal in the VIP vibe.

Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye, Austin

Emmer & Rye’s focus on seasonally-inspired and local cuisine is enhanced by the presence of its chef, Kevin Fink. After being shown to a reserved space within the restaurant’s lively dining room, your guests will delight as Fink (the 2016 winner for “Best New Chef” by Food & Wine) talks about the food and wine pairings he’s selected. Attendees will end the night educated with a complimentary piece of Emmer & Rye’s homemade honeycomb.


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