Up to one out of every five children in the U. S. is overweight or obese. That’s more than 23 million children and teenagers. Those extra pounds put kids at a greater risk of developing a host of debilitating diseases, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
As a child, I myself could’ve well been considered obese. And even today at the age of forty three I am fighting those extra pounds I picked up along the way. Thankfully, our children have the support and resources from health organizations such as Florida Hospital who have partnered with WebMD and Sanford Health to get local families involved in their FIT initiative. An educational and health promotion initiative focused on promoting health, wellness, and preventing childhood obesity among kids ages 2-18. Additionally providing resources for parents, children and healthcare professionals.
Florida Hospital initiated a unique interactive dining experience Gourmet Soiree featuring a reception, live/silent auctions, and a healthy meal prepared by local chefs with the assistance of guests at each table. Hosted by none other than Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible show’s Chef Robert Irvine, It’s an exciting evening filled with camaraderie, love, and fabulous food. Chef Irvine is also actively involved with the Robert Irvine Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that honors men and women defending our country. He also founded Robert Irvine Foods, a new line of “better for you” products and is the author of three books; Mission Cook, Impossible to Easy and his newest book, Fit Fuel.
The 2016 Gourmet Soiree, held on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Rosen Shingle Creek raised “over $250,000” to benefit Florida Hospital for Children’s Mission fit Possible program. Drum Roll please!!
Top Central Florida chefs were invited to participate and compete for the Gourmet Soiree Silver Fork award. Each chef was tasked to provide an original healthy recipe and then lead a table of 10 guests in the preparation of the meal in 30 minutes. Proteins were provided courtesy of Sysco and nearly 150 ingredients donated by Whole Food Market® pantries.
Here are a few delightful dishes created by a group of uber talented chefs who consider Orlando home.
Judging the Silver Fork Awards were Celebrity Chef Emily Ellyn, Rosen Executive Chef Jorge Oliveira, Food Critic Scott Joseph, Chef Ash Nickell, and our host Robert Irvine.
Top 5 chefs out of 60+ were selected and one was awarded the Silver Fork Award:
- Chef Laurent Hollaender- The Boheme at Grand Bohemian Orlando (Winner of Silver Fork Award)
- Chef Gary Appelsies- YMCA of Central Florida
- Chef Phillip Fisher- MOOR at Gaylord Palms Resort
- MasterChef Zac Kara– MasterChef kids
- Corwin Cowart- Corwin’s Personal Chef and Catering Services
Our team sponsored by Whole Foods Dr. Philips Crossing was lead by the talented Master Chef Junior Zac Kara. Chef Kara’s wining dish Sauteed Chicken with Cauliflower Puree, Mushrooms, Faro, Pomgernate Reduction, and Basil-Yogurt Aioli earned the top 5 spot. Yeah, he is that good!!!
Check out his impeccable plating skills!!
Bookmark next year and join us for an evening of fun with friends, interactive cooking and fabulous food while providing opportunities for the children and families in our community to live a healthy life.
2016 Participating Chefs
|4Rivers Smokehouse — Andrea Zelen||Aggressive Appliances — Cheryl Jaskot|
|An Appealing Plan — Krayl Funch||Brio Tuscan Grille — Kirk Wright|
|Canvas Restaurant & Market — Bryan Thoman||Capa- Four Seasons Resort — Tim Dacey|
|Caribe Royal — Dameon Brown||Chuck Wagon Home Cooking – Ed Hollingsworth|
|Corwin’s Personal Chef & Catering — Corwin Cowart||Cuba Libre — Jose Gonzalez|
|East End Market — Jessica Tantalo||Edible Education Experience — Sarah Cahill|
|Ellie Lou’s BBQ — Dennis Cheplick||Ferguson — Byron Boquet|
|Foodie Catering — Raul Bosch||Fresh From Florida — Paula Kendrick|
|Fueling Performance Athletes — Andy Williams||Harry’s Poolside Grill Rosen Centre — Tello Luna|
|Houndstooth Sauce Company — David Bressler||Hyatt Regency Orlando — Jared Gross|
|Innisbrook Golf Resort — Sean Copeland||JHM Hotel Delta Marriott — Michael Monaghan|
|John & Shirley’s Catering — Shirley Stamper||K Restaurant — Kevin Fonzo|
|La Femme Du Fromage — Tonda Corrente||Maddey’s Craft & Cru — Jimmy Johnston|
|MasterChef Contestant — Zac Kara||MOOR at Gaylord Palms Resort — Phillip Fisher|
|NOVA — Val Domingo||Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms -George Yiu|
|Pizza BRUNO — Bruno Zacchini||Puff ‘n Stuff Catering — Jason Pepin|
|Ravello- Four Seasons Resort — Fabrizio Schenardi||Ribs Within — Doug Keiles|
|Ricciardi’s Italian Table — Giacomo Guagliardo||Rosen College of Hospitality Management — Kate Wilson|
|Sabor Aruba Festival — Antonio Albertsz||Schofield Restaurant Group, LLC. — Jason Schofield|
|Se7enbites — Trina Gregory-Propst||Sus Hi Eatstation — Robert Quintana|
|Sysco Central Florida — Nora Galdiano||Sysco Central Florida — Luis Reyes|
|The Black Rooster Taqueria — John Calloway||Boheme Restaurant at Grand Bohemian Orlando — Laurent Hollaender|
|The Oceanaire Seafood Room — Daniel Juarez||The Rusty Spoon — Reanna McNamara|
|The Sanctum Café — Emily Congdon||This Honest Food — Dawn Viola|
|The Whiskey — Hugh Holland||Two Chicks and a pot Catering — Beth Hazley|
|UNO Pizzeria Grill — Daniel Son||Welli Desserts — Kristine Thomas|
|Yak & Yeti — Faithy Harris-Dowdell||YMCA of Central Florida — Gary Appelsies|
Photo Credits: Gary West, Krystle Nguyen, and Fotobox Live.
Until next time, have a delicious day and stay fit!!