Childhelp celebrated 25 Men Who Think They Can Cook on May 12 at Aunt Chilada’s Squaw Peak. The tasty extravaganza netted a record $52,000-plus for Childhelp programs and services in Arizona. More than 200 people attended the event.
The culinary fundraiser, emceed by comedian Jill Kimmel, included flavorful dishes created by local celebrities, business leaders and athletes, from Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone to current Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Boxberger. The evening was filled with lively music, friendly competition, an auction and enticing hors d’oeuvres.
The judges for the event were professional culinary connoisseurs from around Phoenix, including Chef Tiffany Nagel, Aunt Chilada’s; Chef Marcellino Verzino, Marcellino’s Ristorante; Chef Vincent Guerithault, Vincent on Camelback and Vincent’s Market Bistro; Chef Tina Bennett, Vanilla Swirl; Chef Tai Obata, Ra Restaurants; and Scott Mortensen, Roaring Fork.
Winners included Arizona Attorney General Bill Montgomery for the Best Dessert with his tiramisu and the People’s Choice Award. Mike Butcher, pitching coach for the Diamondbacks, and Steve Keim, GM for the Arizona Cardinals, won for their brick oven pizza. Dr. Curtis Dickman won for best salad, Michael Meyer of Visiongate for his Champagne soup and Jarrod Smith for his smoked brisket.
PHOTOS COURTESY CHILDHELP