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MARCH OF DIMES CELEBRITY CHEFS AUCTION GOES DOWN!

Updated: Dec 10, 2021

UPDATE: $175,000 RAISED!!


by Andrew Chalk


VenueForty|50 in Addison was busy Thursday as the March of Dimes conducted its Signature Chef’s Auction, an annual event to raise money for the organization’s cause to fight birth defects. Every year thousands of lives are saved through programs of the March of Dimes.


Luke Rogers, Lead Chef
Luke Rogers, Lead Chef

Such work takes money. The Signature Chefs Auction is a major event in the organization’s fundraising. Lead Chef this year was Luke Rogers. He is the 2019 Texas Chef of the Year and won the 2020 Iron Fork Chef Competition, presented by US Foods and the World Food Championships. He made his first appearance as a Celebrity Chef at the 2021 Kentucky Derby, Western & Southern Open and U.S. Tennis Open. Plus, he has made several appearances on the Food Network and is currently working on his new restaurant, Cathedral Italian Bistro, which is targeting Spring for an opening in Plano.


All this while being a full-time Dad of two young children!


Ashley Henderson Guess what makes her buns 'Tipsy'
Ashley Henderson Guess what makes her buns 'Tipsy'

The Lead Chef’s job is to beg and cajole his professional colleagues to be a fellow star at the event. A time for calling in chits. For the chefs it is no small potatoes since they have to assemble their crew, choose the item to present, and handle all the logistics of presenting the restaurant in its best light. The hope is auction goers become customers. Luke Rogers assembled an impressive bunch. But pictures tell it better than words.


Joshua Gianni Farrell (Will Call). Weight without tattoos157 LB. With tatoos 195LB.
Joshua Gianni Farrell (Will Call). Weight without tattoos157 LB. With tatoos 195LB.


Michael Conrad Tavarez, Picadera (right) and sous, Jason.
Michael Conrad Tavarez, Picadera (right) and sous, Jason.



Fried Plantain Cups (see menu above)
Fried Plantain Cups (see menu above)

Jeff Becavac's Meatball's
Jeff Becavac's (Cane Rosso) Meatball's

Sharon has a new gig -- Beckley 1115
Sharon has a new gig -- Beckley 1115

Sharon Van Meter's Spanish Meatballs
Sharon Van Meter's Spanish Meatballs

Luke Rogers' Sea Bass
Luke Rogers' Sea Bass

Brownie Dessert at Cathedral Bistro
Brownie Dessert at Cathedral Bistro

Pork Belly at Nick Dean (Furlough Kitchen, Haywire, The Heritage Table)
Pork Belly at Nick Dean (Furlough Kitchen, Haywire, The Heritage Table)


More Desserts from Cathedral Bistro
More Desserts from Cathedral Bistro

Biscuits from The Biscuit Bar

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