ICE President Rick Smilow with Top Chef Judge Gail Simmons, Gramercy Tavern Chef Michael Anthony and Landmarc Chef Marc Murphy.

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The stars of the culinary world were out in full force at Metropolitan Pavilion last night for City Harvest’s annual Bid Against Hunger benefit. Sixty different chefs from around New York came together for an unforgettable evening of bites and bids that raised over a million dollars for a good cause. City Harvest is a food rescue organization which provides meals to hundreds of thousands of hungry New Yorkers every year by distributing leftover food donated by restaurants. ICE President Rick Smilow sits on the Board of Directors.

Among the notable chefs were ICE alumni Missy Robbins of A Voce, Marc Murphy of Landmarc and Ditch Plains, Ivy Stark of Dos Caminos and Scott Campbell of New Leaf Restaurant & Bar, each contributed a signature dish and a desire to help feed those in need. Many of the celebrity chefs were serving these altruistic appetizers themselves, and oftentimes were assisted by none other than our own current ICE students, using their free time to learn from the best chefs while volunteering for a great cause.

Chef François Payard with ICE Student Melissa Hallar

Throughout the evening attendees were able to bid on a wide variety of silent auction items ranging from a package of monthly dinners at 12 of New York’s best restaurants, to dinners prepared in your own home by notable chefs and designer handbags. The event culminated in a rousing live auction, where as the bids on the lots rose, the chefs offering services continued to pile on the extras to up the ante, with some items going for over $100,000.

All-in-all, the event was a huge success, setting a new record for monies raised and assuring City Harvest will be able to continue their efforts to feed all of New York’s hungry.

For more information or to donate to City Harvest, follow them on Twitter or Facebook and check out their website.

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