This year Philly Cooks was held at the Marriott Downtown. It was a great space and very spacious I bet if there wasn’t 1200 hungry souls packed in there. Everyone had a good time, especially because many of their favorite chefs were manning the table. It was a great opportunity for patrons to meet the chef at their favorite restaurants, it’s not something that usually happens during a busy dining experience. On this particular night, everyone was excited to see newly crowned Top Chef winner Nick Elmi, who I noted on twitter had gotten a Hollywood makeover. Oh sure he was a looker before, but now he’s right up there with that Jason guy.
Dayna Leaventon and Alexandra Price
Tucker Bagley and Ed Seiders,
owner/operator at Branded Productions
Tom Heck of Davios
Stacey Lyons, Hostess at Ela and Chip Roman- Blackfish & Mica
Dr. Michael Glauberman, Elaine S. Glauberman, Dana Margolis and Lance D. Margolis, Esq. (Sorry I didn’t end up doing this for PhillyMag, time constraints. Next time you’ll pull me aside and have me shoot you again.)
JonCarl Lachman, Nord and Reny Alfonso, Continental
Thomas Szymanski, John Suley and Steve Van de Merve
Grilled kielbasa sausage, tarbais beans, homemade mustard and chicharron on the Celebrity Cruise.
Chef and Owner Christopher Kearse, Will BYOB and sous–chef Mark Regan South Philly Taproom
Claire Witherel, Continental Old City
Lamb meatballs- Delicious!
Marc Simon, Leigh Simon, Valerie Sings and
Chocolate covered bacon was served in the chef’s hospitality room
The performance team was cooking up a storm in the hospitality room for the chefs
pretty desserts that the chefs got to taste
This local band entertained the crowds and consisted of industry folks
Susan Graeser and Gina Verrastro Chow Noodle Barn- sweet hat (The only women in my photographic history that didn’t make me retake the photo after an arm shot in front of body. Now that’s a women with confidence.)
Corie Moskow, Kimby Kimmel (Benjamin’s Desk – I plan to set up shop there in the spring at least once a week)
A rising chef Star, Leah Crompton with a Top Chef Star, Nick Elmi, Laurel (who tells me he’s taking reservations after May 2014, but by today it’s probably June 2014)
Donal and Jennifer McCoy, Managing Partner Serrano Restaurant/ Partner Sassafras Bar with Marlo and Jason Dilks, Slice Pizza (Or as I like to call them, Kory Aversa will bring his clients across a room to be photographed by me, and that’s why he’s so good. Runner up is Anny Deirmenjian
who will entice me across the room to photograph her client, Davio’s – LOL)
Kristin Conrad, Capital Wine & Spirits, Seth Fink, Caroline Gulpin, Kaitlyn Ambrosone and Pat Henderson