The 30th annual “Chefs’ Charity for Children,” a benefit for St. Michael’s Special School on Feb. 13, was sold out. And it’s no wonder—participating chefs included John Besh, Frank Brigtsen, Leah Chase, John Folse, Goffredo Fraccaro, Emeril Lagasse, Gunter Preuss, the Wong Brothers (James, Joe, Tommy, Frank and John), David Woodward, Andrea Apuzzo and Greg Sonnier, all of whom generously donated their time and culinary skills for the fundraiser. Held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, the event featured cooking demonstrations by these all-star chefs, followed by an amazing buffet lunch for 1,500 partygoers. In addition to the food, guests received a 2007 Chefs’ Charity cookbook.

The event raised more than $90,000, which benefits St. Michael’s,
a school that serves students and young adults who have major learning disabilities.

Cooking Up DreamsChef Frank Wong, chef Frank Brigtsen, chef James Wong, Max Zander, chef Emeril Lagasse and chef Tommy Wong

Cooking Up DreamsAshley Levis, chef Goffredo Fraccaro, Robyn Davis and Jan Alario

Cooking Up DreamsMaggie Rousselle, chef Gunter Preuss and Molly Mix

Cooking Up DreamsJane Mix with Bob Breck and event co-chair Brenda Breck

Cooking Up DreamsChef John Besh and Susan Cohoon

Cooking Up DreamsChef Joey Najolia, Jane Silva and chef David Woodward