The All-Star Chef Classic is set to return to downtown Los Angeles for its second year. The March 11-14 culinary event aims to bring together some of the most celebrated names in food, from the U.S. and beyond.
Participating chefs are to include Nancy Silverton (Mozza), Michael Cimarusti (Providence), Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, and chef behind the new LudoBites YouTube channel) and Inaki Aizpitarte (Le Chateaubriand in Paris).
The event, organized by Alice in Events, LLC's Lucy Lean and Krissy Lefebvre, is scheduled to take place at L.A. Live.
Organizers said guests will take part in a series of interactive dining experiences at a custom-built event deck, a 264-seat restaurant stadium and a chefs' tasting arena. There will also be a three-part masters dinner series dedicated to French, British and American talent; an open-flame cooking celebration called the Grill and Chill; and a large-scale cooking class for kids.
The festivities are scheduled to kick off with a French Master Dinner on March 11, featuring a five-course meal and French wine pairings prepared by Lefebvre, Aizpitarte, David Toutain (Restaurant David Toutain in Paris) and Sven Chartier (Saturne in Paris). The dinner is priced at $275 to $425.
An American Masters Dinner is set for March 12, featuring Silverton, Wylie Dufresne (wd-50, Alder, both in New York), Daniel Patterson (Coi in San Francisco), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar in New York) and Cimarusti. Dinner is priced at $275-$425.
On March 13, actress Alison Sweeney is to team up with Billy Harris to host a four-course Cuisine for the Cure lunch by Suzanne Goin (AOC, Lucques, Tavern) and Jenn Louis (Lincoln in Portland, Ore.) to benefit City of Hope. Tickets are $125 to $150.
A British Masters Dinner is to take place later that evening, with a five-course meal prepared by Mark Hix (Hix in London), James Lowe (Lyle's Restaurant in London), Daniel Doherty (Duck and Waffle in London), Skye Gyngell (Spring in London) and Bryne Williams (Odette's,in London). The dinner is priced at $275-$425.
On March 14, kids are to take over the festival with a Kitchen Kids cooking class for children ages 3 to 13, hosted by Waylynn Lucas of Fonuts. To celebrate Pi Day, Lucas plans to conduct a real-time pie-making lesson for 200 participants. Tickets are $75 and include one kid's ticket and one adult ticket. Additional adult tickets are $15.
That evening at Grill and Chill, organizers said, some of the participating chefs will create a curated tasting tour of dishes that celebrate cooking over an open flame. The price for dinner is $125 to $225.
Tickets to the four-day culinary event are now on pre-sale online for American Express card members. Tickets go on sale to the general public online Monday.
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