Daniel Alumni Returning To The Restaurant For Annual Charity Feast

In the 20 years since chef Daniel Boulud opened his eponymous restaurant on New York's Upper East Side, a lot of great chefs have walked in and out of that kitchen door. On April 7, more than 20 of them will be returning to the restaurant for a star-studded multicourse dinner to benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels.

Boulud's annual Sunday Dinner raised a whopping $578,000 last year for the organization, which delivers meals to the homebound elderly. They're hoping that this year's meal will top even that, through a silent auction of wine, specialty food, and travel and dining experiences, as well as a dinner that costs $1,250 to attend.

Returning to the kitchen will be some of the country's leading chefs, all of whom worked for Boulud at some point in their career. The list reads like a who's who in the culinary industry: Dominique Ansel Bakery's Dominique Ansel, Gramercy Tavern's Michael Anthony, Lincoln's Jonathan Benno, The Darby's Alex Guarnaschelli, Minetta Tavern's Lee Hanson, pastry chefs Johnny Iuzzini and François Payard, and 10 other notable chefs will be on hand along with hosts Al Roker and Gail Simmons.

After a silent auction and cocktail hour, Boulud and his guest chefs will treat the 150 guests in attendance to a lavish feast. All of the proceeds from the auction and admission price will go to the charity; tickets can be purchased by calling the restaurant.