After a four-year hiatus, the Alzheimer’s Association Rochester Finger Lakes Region Chapter will bring back the Top Chef Challenge at its annual gala, An Affair to Remember, on June 5.
This year’s Gala will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. Funds raised at the chapter’s gala will support the full mission of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Executive chefs from seven senior living communities, Rochester Institute of Technology, two BOCES locations and Custom Culinary will team with culinary arts students from Foodlink, Batavia BOCES and Spencerport BOCES to create a fine dining experience with the thrill of a reality-TV chef showdown.
The chef-student teams will go head-to-head in an intense competition to win the Top Chef Award from a panel of celebrity judges.
Members of the audience will have the opportunity to taste all the culinary creations, vote for their favorite dish and decide who will win the People’s Choice award.
“For years I have participated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual spring gala but this year it will be different,” said Stewart Putnam, celebrity judge and former national board chair. “It will be the first time that we will come together to celebrate the encouraging news of three new Alzheimer’s treatments and that the era of treatment has finally arrived.”
In 2019, Executive Chef Mark Alberghini from the Highlands at Pittsford and his apprentices walked away with the Top Chef award. Executive chef Debbi Maruke from Jewish Senior Life took home the People’s Choice award. Some $110,000 was raised at the 2019 Culinary Clash gala.
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