The first Future Chef’s Cook Off on June 8, 2014, hosted by Teen Chopped Champion, Chef Hunter Zampa, raised awareness and over $15,000 to support pediatric cancer patients. The event benefitted from the support of many local restaurants as well as celebrity chefs Aarón Sánchez and Missy Chase Lapine.
The funds will be used to support local child, Eli Schwartz, who is currently battling leukemia, the Go4theGoal Foundation’s patient support and hospital programs at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Kula for Karma’s therapeutic yoga program.
“It was so exciting to be part of this amazing fundraiser. I learned how good it feels to give back to my own community, especially to kids like Eli,” said Chef Hunter Zampa. “It was a lot of work leading up to the event, but seeing everyone having so much fun made all the hard work worthwhile. I look forward to doing it again next year.”
“We’re really excited about how successful the event was. The funds raised will provide electronics to Yale-New Haven’s pediatric oncology waiting room, infusion room, and transplant unit,” said Heather Glass, Go4theGoal team member. “It is our hope that these electronics will help to pass the time for patients and families during their hospital visits and procedures.”
Click here to see It's Relevant's coverage of the event: Future Chef's Cook-Off Fundraiser Doubles as Birthday Party