Originally formed in 1985 to celebrate James Beard’s 82nd birthday, Monday night marked the 27th annual Chef’s Tribute to Citymeals-on-Wheels. This annual al fresco event kicks off the summer season in New York City and is held at Rockefeller Center. While James passed away a few months prior to the first event, the gala now salutes America’s harvest and American talent as a tribute to him.

Monday night’s event was a celebration of food and film as renowned chefs gathered and served dishes inspired by their favorite movies. Over 40 students from ICE volunteered at the event and worked with some of the greatest chefs in the nation. We are so proud of their hard work – see below for highlights from the evening. Hats off!

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ICE Student Volunteers with Chef Bill Telepan

Last night, the Institute of Culinary Education celebrated at Rockefeller Center at Citymeals-on-Wheels’ A Taste of Home benefit. The yearly culinary event brings together many of the country’s most acclaimed chefs to celebrate the heritage and legacy of James Beard and food in America.

The event dates back to 1985 when twelve devotees of James Beard came together to celebrate his life and love of cooking, all while giving to Citymeals-on-Wheels. Beard co-founded Citymeals-on-Wheels along with Gael Greene to feed homebound elderly New Yorkers.

With a long history of bringing together the country’s greatest chefs for one amazing evening, the event did not disappoint this year. The roster of chefs included Daniel Boulud, Dominique Ansel, Larry Forgione, Marc Forgione, Bryan Forgione, Nobu Matsuhisa, Bill Telepan, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Aaron Sanchez, Charlie Palmer, David Burke and Alfred Portale, among many others. More…