In the lead-up to the US Open, chefs and tennis players came together for “Taste of Tennis,” an evening that celebrates local famous chefs and restaurants, and gets everyone excited for the upcoming tennis matches the following week.
This year’s 15th annual Taste of Tennis at the W New York Hotel featured Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto as the chef of honor, along with Chopped judge Marc Murphy, chef Bill Telepan, Top Chef Masters finalist Kerry Heffernan, Jonathan Waxman, and Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
There were also several athletes in attendance including Serena and Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, Victoria Azarenka, and the Bryan brothers.
Along with dozens of food and drink samples from restaurants like Telepan, Davio’s, and Bagatelle, one of the highlights of the evening was the VIP cooking demo during which chef Morimoto taught Serena Williams how to make sushi. After Morimoto expertly rolled the sticky rice and seaweed with fresh tuna, the star tennis player was tasked with cutting the sushi roll into bite-sized chunks.
All of the evening’s proceeds went to the City Harvest charity. The US Open officially starts on August 25.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi