World renowned celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Massimo Capra, Mark McEwan and others participated in the Chef's Challenge: The Ultimate Battle for a Cure at Toronto's Carlu to benefit breast and ovarian cancer research.
Proceeds from the event will go directly to education and research for breast and ovarian cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital’s the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute and Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre of Mount Sinai.
Celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Massimo Capra, Lynn Crawford, Jamie Kennedy, Mark McEwan and David Rocco participated in the event.
The Toronto Star’s food editor, Jennifer Bain; news anchor Leslie Roberts; Hell’s Kitchen season 5 winner, Paula DaSilva; Entertainment Tonight Canada’s Roz Weston and host of Top Chef Canada, Thea Andrews, judged the event.
“I am proud to host Chef’s Challenge: The Ultimate Battle for a Cur. Think you have what it takes to show off your culinary skills in my kitchen arena? I will be the judge,” said Chef Ramsay. “I dare you to rise to the challenge and take a stand to help me raise awareness and much needed funds for Mount Sinai Hospital’s viral research and care of women and their daily battle against breast and ovarian cancer.”
In order to be a part of the event, each participant must raise a minimum of $2,500. The 50 highest fundraisers will have the opportunity to cook with one of the five celebrity chefs.
“Every gift in support of vital research brings new hope in the battle against breast and ovarian cancer,” said president and CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital, Joseph Mapa. “Community support from events like Chef’s Challenge helps patients and their families, who rely on Mount Sinai Hospital, to continue to have access to the best resources and treatment.
Each chef, excluding Ramsay, provided interviews for the media. Ramsay, preparing for the event, gave the media about 30 seconds on the red carpet.
Celebrity chefs (from left to right): Massimo Capra, Jamie Kennedy and Lynn Crawford of Toronto Four Seasons.
Gordon Ramsay: Does this man need any introduction? The Scottish-born chef is the star of “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Kitchen Nightmares” and “The F-Word,” is the owner of multiple five-star restaurants around the world and author of numerous best-selling cookbooks.
Massimo Capra: Capra is mostly known for his appearances on “City Line” and “Restaurant Makeover.” This Italian-born Toronto-based restaurateur is the owner of Mistura Restaurant and Sopra Upper Lounge; A-list restaurants in the city of Toronto.
Lynn Crawford: She is a Canadian chef who has been the executive chef at the Four Seasons in Toronto and New York. Crawford has appeared on the Food Network’s “Restaurant Makeover” and “Iron Chef America.”
Jamie Kennedy: Kennedy is the owner and operator of Jamie Kennedy Kitchens based in Toronto. In 2010, Kennedy was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Celebration of the Nation’s Table. He opened another restaurant in 2006 named the Jamie Kennedy Gardiner.
Mark McEwan: McEwan is known for his hosting duties on “The Heat with Mark McEwan” and the judge on “Superstar Chef.” He is also the owner of McEwan Foods and executive chef and proprietor of top Toronto restaurant, North 44. McEwan opened his first grocery store at the new mall Shops at Don Mills called McEwan.
David Rocco: Best-selling author of “David Rocco’s Dolce Vita Lifestyle Cookbook” is the host of “David Rocco’s Dolce Vita” and “Avventura.” He separates his time between Toronto and Florence.
The event continues on Sunday as the top 25 fundraisers will have the rare privilege of attending a VIP brunch in a private residence. The participating celebrity chefs, including Ramsay, will be in attendance.
Breast and ovarian cancer statistics
According to the Canadian Cancer Society’s statistics, there are more than 23,000 cases of breast cancer so far this year, 5,300 women have died to the cancer, 445 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every week and 100 Canadian women will die of it every week.
When it comes to ovarian cancer, it is estimated that 2,600 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed this year, 1,750 people will die due to the cancer and the probability of developing ovarian cancer is 1 in 71.