Celebrity chefs strut their (food) stuff for worthy cause

Rosie Harper and Michele Downey [Photo: Kaila Jones]

A brigade of local celebrity chefs served up some sizzling fare during the second annual Berkshire Hathaway Celebrity Chef Sunshine Kids fundraiser last Monday evening at the Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse.

The event had sold out quickly, filling the tables to capacity, as the celebs cooked their way – under the watchful eye of professional chefs – into the hearts and stomachs of guests during an evening of gastronomic delight.

Agents and friends flawlessly filled their toque blanche roles as guest chefs, serving up shrimp, chicken, beef and salmon amid good-natured taunts from the crowds gathered around the teppanyaki tables. Folks cheered on their favorite chefs as flames burst from grill tops, food was tossed and, for the more adventurous, shots of sake were squirted across the table.

Ooohs and aahs, yums and sighs of delight were heard around the room, as the chefs dazzled their audience in a mesmerizing show of skill akin to dinner theater.

“Berkshire Hathaway national supports the Sunshine Kids; we found out about the organization through their involvement,” said Carol K Prezioso, managing broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “Finding out how critical it is and that there is no support on a local level really prompted us to get involved.”

Proceeds from the evening will help fund the mission of Sunshine Kids, which since 1982 has provided emotional support and access to activities, programs, trips and events to children receiving cancer treatments, all at no cost.

“Everybody brought their enthusiasm and had so much fun. So being able to have a fun, enjoyable evening that benefits a great cause is a total win-win,” said Prezioso.

Berkshire Hathaway has raised more than $3.5 million since 2001 through fundraising efforts all across Florida to support the nonprofit’s goal of helping children get back to what they are meant to do – have fun and celebrate life.

 

Photos by: Kaila Jones
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