Westport Pride's Chef Cook Off FUNdraiser

Cheer on Fairfield County's LGBTQ+ community as they team up with local Connecticut chefs and allies for the title of Culinary Champion. The "Chopped" style competition is made up of three teams. Each team is led by a chef and four team members. Each team will be assigned to one of Aitoro's live kitchens to prepare two dishes: an appetizer and one entree during an one hour competition. One secret ingredient will be presented at the beginning of the competition and must be used in the dishes.

After each round, the teams will present their dishes to a panel of judges who will taste and score each dish, based on specific criteria. During the competition, guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer & non-alcoholic beverages while they cheer on the teams. Tickets are $50 for adults. $30 of each ticket will benefit Westport Pride.

Purchase tickets here

Chef Team Leaders are:

Chef Bill Taibe, Chef/Owner Don Memo, Kawa Ni & The Whelk

Chef Jes Bengtson, Executive Chef, Terrain Cafe & Amis Trattoria

Chef Arik Bensimon, Executive Chef, Monogram Design Center


Tony Aitoro, CEO Aitoro Appliance

Brian McGunagle, Founder Westport Pride

Dan Woog, Founder/Editor-In-Chief 06880

Matt Storch, Chef/Owner Match Restaurant and Match Burger Lobster

A special thank you to the following sponsors:

Aitoro Appliance

Copps Island Oysters

Dave & Charlie's Hometown Deli

Fisher & Paykel

Longford's Ice Cream

MC Hewlett

Monogram Appliances

Munson's Chocolates

Nordstrom at the SONO Collection

Organic Krush

Sport Hill Farm

The Katchen

Tribus Beer


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