Kulp, 37, was aboard Amtrak Train 188 when it crashed on May 12. Eight people died and more than 200 were injured — including Kulp, who is now paralyzed.
The benefit was organized by Fork co-owner Ellen Yin, who gathered chefs from over 25 top restaurants in the area to cook for guests. Other funds were raised through tickets sold. Both business community and private donors have raised more than $85,000 for Kulp’s care, according to 6ABC.
Marisa Kulp, the chef’s wife, expressed her appreciation at the event, saying: "The words thank you can't begin to express the amount of gratitude my family has tonight. It's bittersweet that Eli can't be here with us tonight to feel the love in this room.”
Kulp, who has sued Amtrak, is recovering at an inpatient rehabilitation facility in New York City. “We expect Amtrak to take full responsibility for the damage that they have caused to the Kulp family,” his lawyer said at the benefit.
The award-winning chef is also the co-owner of a.kitchen + bar and High Street, which is supposed to open a location in Manhattan this fall. New York City’s Del Posto is hosting a benefit for Kulp on July 20.