As noted in our story, 44 Things You Can Do to Fight Hunger in America, Washington D.C. is set to host the Capital Food Fight this Thursday. Benefitting DC Central Kitchen, the event pits some of the country’s top talents against each other in Iron Chef-style food fights (using special, secret ingredients), and brings together some of the city’s top restaurants to serve their signature dishes to attendees.
What kind of “top talents” are we talking about? Well, the event chair is José Andrés; Anthony Bourdain is the host; Ming Tsai, Ted Allen, and Joan Nathan are judges; and this year’s battling chefs are Todd Gray, Haidar Karoum, Jeff Black, and Brian McBride. Tickets are $200, but when you consider the good it does and all the delicious eats you get, it is well worth it. Participating restaurants from the D.C. area are nothing to shake a stick at, either. Some restaurants on the exhaustive list that will be cooking for the event are BLT Steak, Blue Duck Tavern, J&G Steakhouse, Zengo, and Proof, which will be serving their menus’ best dishes.
Last year, judges Tom Colicchio, José Andrés, Anthony Bourdain, and Eric Ripert teamed up to compete against each other — a competition the latter duo won — in a completely surprise event. So, here’s hoping this year will garner that same kind of wild, food-fight fun.