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6th Annual FLIPANY “Chefs Up Front” Fort Lauderdale/Miami

6th Annual FLIPANY “Chefs Up Front” Fort Lauderdale/MiamiFriday, September 9, 6pm-12am – Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables

Friday, August 26, 6pm-12am – South Beach Lady behind Shooters Waterfront, 3033 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale

Chefs Up Front is a unique epicurean experience, where South Florida’s most acclaimed chefs create and prepare a decadent five-course dinner table-side, paired with wine, for individual tables of 10 All proceeds from the decadent sit-down dinner, reception and auction assist FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) to support Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program and its 500 participants.

Cooking Matters is a program that teaches children and their families how to make healthy food choices, cook healthy meals and shop for nutritious foods on a budget. All funds raised from the event support Cooking Matters for a total of 500 participants: schoolchildren and their families in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

Chefs Up Front Miami, hosted at the Biltmore Hotel presented 18 of South Florida’s top chefs preparing a five-course table-side dinner paired with wine. The “Chefs Up Front” Miami chef lineup included:
David Hackett, Executive Chef at The Biltmore
Aaron Dreilinger, Executive Chef at Chef David Schwadron Cuisine & Event Design
Adrianne Calvo, Executive Chef/Owner at Chef Adrianne’s
Brian Nasajon, Executive Chef/Owner at Beaker and Gray
Craig Wallen, Executive Chef at Le Zoo
Cristian Cuevas, Executive Chef at Burger Taco Whiskey (50 Eggs)
Dustin Ward, Executive Chef at BLT Prime
Eric Baker, Executive Chef at Max’s Harvest
Gabriel Medici, COO & Corporate Chef at Novecento
Jeremy Ford, Executive Chef at Matador Room at The Edition Hotel
Jose Mendin, Founding Partner/Executive Chef at Pubbelly
Jun Hee Lee, Executive Chef at StripSteak by Michael Mina
Masamoto Hamaya, Executive Chef at Dragonfly
Mike Fischetti, Executive Chef at Zest & Ortanique on the Mile
Nuno Grullo, Executive Chef at Cafe Roval
Phil Bryant, Executive Chef at The Local Craft Food & Drink
Pedro Lopez, Executive Chef at Soyka
Ryan Martin with Collaboration from Chef Mike Shikany, Chef/Owner of 180 Degrees


At the 6th annual “Chefs Up Front” Fort Lauderdale dinner, reception and auction more than 100 guests experienced an unforgettable gastronomical evening, presented by Holman Automotive, raising nearly $40,000 for Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program. Parties of 10 reveled in delightful meals prepared table-side by the renowned chefs, as well as exquisite wine pairings, aboard the South Beach Lady Yacht, which cruised down the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, and was emceed by Kimmy B, morning show co-host of Miami radio station HITS 97.3. The “Chefs Up Front” Fort Lauderdale chef lineup included:
Jason Smith – Chef Liaison, Executive Chef at W Fort Lauderdale
Aaron Dreilinger, Executive Chef at Chef David Schwadron Cuisine & Event Design
Adrienne Grenier, Executive Chef at 3030 Ocean
Eric Baker, Executive Chef at Max’s Harvest
Michael Bloise, Executive Chef at OCEAN2000
Michael White, Executive Chef at Tsukuro
Ned Jaouhar, Executive Chef at The Rusty Hook Tavern
Rolando Centonzio, Executive Chef at Shooters Waterfront
Robyn Almodovar, Chef/Owner of The Palate Party Owner (not present)
Steve Zobel, Executive Chef at Big City Tavern