Third Annual Chefs for Kids’ Cancer Benefit Brings Together Great Food for a Good Cause

Top NYC chefs, pastry chefs, and mixologists gathered to help create a memorable evening

Chef Bobby Flay preparing his four-course meal for the dinner program at the gala.

The third annual Chefs for Kids’ Cancer benefit, hosted last night at Metropolitan West, brought together some of the top talents of the NYC culinary world for an unforgettable night benefitting a great cause.

Proceeds from the event will go to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, an organization dedicated to funding research for pediatric cancer patients. This year’s event has already passed last year’s grand total of $1.1 million, and donations are still pouring in.

Chefs Dan Kluger, James Kent, Marc Murphy, and Marc Forgione served as culinary co-chairs for the event, and Christina Tosi served as the dessert chair. The night began with a cocktail reception featuring beverages from top NYC mixologists such as Julie Reiner (Flatiron Lounge, Clover Club) and Michael Neff (Ward III, The Rum House) alongside hors d’oeuvres from chefs Ivan Orkin (Ivan Ramen), Josh Capon (Lure Fishbar, Bowery Meat Co), and others.

Guests then proceeded to an intimate dinner at tables flanking a cooking area where chefs prepared multi-course meals for individual tables of guests. Notable participating chefs included Eli Kaimeh of Per Se, James Kent of The NoMad, Bobby Flay, and Marc Forgione. A dessert after-party featured sweets from Dominique Ansel and Eleven Madison Park, and guests went home with a cookie jar filled with special cookies from select dessert chefs around NYC.


Other notable guests included actor Paul Rudd, chef Mario Batali, Princess Beatrice, radio host Elvis Duran, and actress and musician Jill Hennessy, who made a special performance during the dessert after-party.