'Chefs to the Rescue' raises $50,000 for Alabama tornado relief

By Katie Horn, Office of Communications and Marketing


More than 20 chefs from Auburn and across the United States, in partnership with Auburn University, joined together recently at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center for "Chefs to the Rescue," a night of delicious culinary creations for a great cause. Approximately $50,000 was raised, with 100 percent of proceeds going to help Alabama victims of the April 27 tornadoes.

"The concept of 'Chefs to the Rescue' came naturally after seeing the devastation the tornadoes had left across the state," said Hans van der Reijden, managing director of The Hotel at Auburn University. "The culinary talents of this town and from around the country decided to do what we do best gather a group of friends and colleagues together to cook amazing food and provide support and comfort to those in need. We can do so much more working collectively than working separately."

More than 400 people turned out for the event, which featured a meet and taste with the chefs whose creations were paired with beer and wine donated from breweries and wineries from all over the United States. Individuals who purchased tickets for the VIP "Meet the Chefs Reception" enjoyed one-on-one time with some of the top culinary talents in the country after the event concluded.

Among the chefs who participated was Kevin Sbraga, the 2010 "Top Chef: D.C." winner, who said he was on board as soon as he heard the cause.

"Anytime there's a chance to give back to the community, and help people that need help, I'm there for that," said Sbraga.

Maestro 2300's executive chef and co-owner, John Hamme, said he was also excited to participate.
"Being a restaurant owner and chef, you don't have a whole lot of spare time to go physically help," said Hamme. "So the only way we can really jump in there and help is to donate water and clothes and things at local drop off centers. It's really nice to be a part of an event where we could bring a lot of chefs together and do something that's a little more impactful."

The money raised will go directly to the Auburn Family All-In Relief Fund that provides financial support to the victims of the April 27 tornadoes. For more information on the All-In Relief Fund, visit this link.

Last Updated: Jun. 3, 2011

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