Oklahoma’s top chefs joined forces to raise money for tornado relief efforts with a two-day OK Chefs Relief pop-up restaurant featuring a ‘spontaneous cuisine’ (a constantly evolving menu using donated ingredients from local producers), Mission Chinese and live painting for tornado relief efforts. Chefs participating included: Danny Bowien (recently named The James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year for 2013 after his Mission Chinese in New York City made Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurant list in 2011), Kurt Fleischfresser (The Coach House), Jonathon Stranger & Russ Johnson (Ludivine), Joshua Valentine (Divine Swine and first Oklahoma chef to compete on Bravo’s “Top Chef”), Tabb Singleton (Emeril’s NOLA, New Orleans, and a recent contestant on Food Network’s “Chopped”), Michel and Alain Buthion (La Baguette Bistro and Bellini’s Ristorante), Chris Becker (Della Terra Fine Pasta), and Marc Dunham (Francis Tuttle Culinary School). Live painting demonstration by local artists included: Desmond Mason, Jack Fowler, Jerrod Smith, Dylan Bradway, Sean Vali and Phil Danner. Attendees had the opportunity to purchase original art during a silent auction.
An estimated $75,000 was raised with 100% of proceeds going to Red Cross OKC.
Special thanks to everyone who donated time, talent and support.