COVINGTON, La (press release) – Fourteen celebrity + restaurant teams will go head to head in a competitive cook-off to raise money for Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House at the 10th annual event. Every dollar raised will help Hope House provide hope, healing and justice for local child abuse and trafficking victims, and the need has never been more critical. In just the first three quarters of 2022, Hope House has already served more children than in any previous year in the organization’s history.

Men Who Cook will take place from 4-7 p.m. on the rooftop of the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center Parking Garage in Downtown Covington.

Each participating team, comprised of a local government or business leader paired with a top local restaurant, will prepare tastings of a favorite dish for attendees to sample. Teams will compete for the title of Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice and Most Money Raised for Hope House. This year’s teams include:

·         Chevron CTO Brad Middleton with Kazoku Asian Fusion

·         Mandeville Councilman at Large Rick Danielson with Times Grill

·         Covington Police Chief Michael Ferrell with Gallagher’s Grill

·         Daniel Munn with Tchefuncte’s 

·         D.A. Warren Montgomery with El Mercado

·         Louisiana State Senator Patrick McMath with Tavi

·         Frank Richerand with Giddy Up Folsom

·         Nick LaRocca with Leonardo’s Trattoria & Pizzeria

·         St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith with Dicristina’s

·         Abita Springs Mayor Dan Curtis with Brazilian Bites

·         Shane Mutter with Pyre

·         Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer with Restaurant Cote and Nathan’s

·         Mandeville Mayor Clay Madden with Creole Tomateaux

·         Jim Yancey, John Gutierrez and Vernon Shagnard with Walk-On’s