Chef’s Challenge Raises $1.2M


TORONTO — The 2011 Chef’s Challenge was a success, raising $1.3 million to benefit Toronto’s Mount Sinai hospital.

Hosted by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, teams comprised of professional chefs and regular citizens raised funds to compete in the culinary showdown.

Mark McEwan’s team took the top spot, followed by Lynn Crawford of Ruby Watch Co., just a point behind in second place. Chuck Hughes — the first Canadian chef to beat Flay on Iron Chef America — rounded out the top three. The top celebrity fundraisers were David Rocco and Chuck Hughes, both raising more than $9,000, while the top fundraising citizen raised $40,000.

“It’s the best event we work on,” said Lorraine Quartaro, director of Communications, for Solutions with Impact, public relations for the event. “The chefs are incredible, and they’re all so giving. Bobby Flay was an amazing host; hardworking and passionate. And Mark McEwan was so focused and so determined to win.”

Photo courtesy of Lisa Koo

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