The inaugural All-Star Chef Classic, the newest food and wine event on the block, debuts Friday at Restaurant Stadium in L.A. Live (Los Angeles).
To jazz up the All-Star Chef Classic, which runs from March 21 to 23, organizers Krissy Lefebvre and Alice in Events’ Lucy Lean are introducing a unique venue to L.A. Live’s Event Deck. The Restaurant Stadium will give 250 fans the opportunity to sit “kitchen-side” and watch 28 of their favorite chefs cook in events like the “French Masters Dinner,” featuring Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec, Alain Passard of L’arpege, Pierre Meneau of Crom’Exquis, and Iñaki Aizpitarte of Le Chateaubriand and Le Dauphin. The circular seating arrangement ensures that ticket-holders can be, as the fest states, “as close to the action as possible without being in the heat of the kitchen.” A Chefs’ Tasting Arena will compliment the stadium experience with additional tastings and showcases.
In addition to the French contingent, “all-star” participants will include Los Angeles-based chefs Roy Choi, Michael Cimarusti, Josiah Citrin, David Myers and Nancy Silverton, as well as Wylie Dufresne of WD-50 and Alder in New York, Nancy Oakes of Boulevard in San Francisco and Naomi Pomeroy of Beast in Portland, Oregon. (Side note: Silverton, Dufresne and Pomeroy should be in particularly good spirits this weekend–each was nominated, or had their restaurants nominated, for a 2014 James Beard Award on Monday.)
Event passes are selling out fast but select tickets, which start at $65, are still available from the All-Star Chef Classic website.
Want to boost the foodie experience? The 4th annual Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert runs simultaneously from March 21 to 23 just outside Los Angeles in Palm Desert, California. The Palm Springs Life-hosted event, sponsored by Celebrity Cruises, will also feature the cooking of Kogi Taco Truck expert Choi, who looks to have a busy weekend planned.