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Celebrity Chef Supporters

Through our four signature culinary events—L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, Lemon: NYC, The Great Chefs Event and Lemon: Chicago, the culinary community has provided tremen-dous support to ALSF. These amazing chefs have cooked, shared recipes, hosted lemonade stands, organized culinary events and lent their incredible talents to our fight to cure childhood cancer. Most recently, our amazing team of chef supporters con-tributed their recipes to Alex’s Table, the first ever ALSF cookbook.

Meet our dynamic group of chef supporters!

Northeast

Jimmy Bradley 
Joey Campanaro
Marc Forgione 
Jose Garces
Alex Guarnaschelli
Jeff Michaud
Marc Murphy
Adam Perry Lang
Barbara Lynch
Marcus Samuelsson
Kevin Sbraga
Michael Solomonov
Hillary Sterling
Bill Telepan
Sue Torres
Miro Uskokovic
Marc Vetri
Jonathan Waxman

Chef Jimmy Bradley is the chef/owner of The Red Cat in New York City, as well as the author of The Red Cat Cookbook. His recipes have been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appetite and Esquire. Chef Bradley has participated in The Great Chefs Event and has never missed a Lemon: NYC.

Chef Joey Campanaro opened The Little Owl, one of New York’s most exciting restaurants, in 2006. He is also co-owner of New York’s Market Table and The Clam, as well as a catering consultant for Martha Stewart, NBC and Conde Nast. Chef Campanaro always goes the extra mile to champion ALSF and has participated in The Great Chefs Event and Lemon: NYC.

Chef Marc Forgione is the chef/owner of the restaurant Marc Forgione, American Cut and Lobster Press and the co-owner/partner of Khe-Yo in New York. In 2010, he was crowned the winner of “The Next Iron-Chef.”

Philadelphia-based Chef Jose Garces operates more than 15 restaurants across the country through his hospitality group, Garces. Chef Garces is an avid supporter of ALSF and has participated in The Great Chefs Event, since the inaugural event in 2006.

Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, Food Network star and chef of Butter Restaurant, has supported Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for a number of years including participating in their signature culinary events, donating her prizes from Food Network competitions and hosting Lemon: NYC. Read more about Alex and ALSF.

Boston-native Chef Barbara Lynch is a restaurateur and James Beard Foundation Award winner. She has been supporting ALSF since 2014 by participating in L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade and The Great Chefs Event.

A nationally recognized chef and author, Chef Jeff Michaud has participated in The Great Chefs Event since its inception. Chef Michaud worked as sous chef at Vetri and then opened Osteria for the Vetri Restaurant Group. The James Beard Foundation nominated Osteria for “Best New Restaurant” and in 2010, Michaud won the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic.”

Chef Emilio Mignucci is one of three, third-generation family business owners who currently leads Di Bruno Brothers, a leading specialty food retailer that originated in Philadelphia’s Italian Market. Emilio has participated in several Great Chefs Events and donated several auction items to ALSF.

Chef Marc Murphy is an executive chef, restauranteur and Food Network personality. His group of New York and Tampa-based restaurants fall under the Benchmarc Restaurants by Marc Murphy name, where he acts as executive chef and owner. He is a regular judge on The Food Network’s “Chopped” and “Chopped Junior.” Chef Murphy has supported ALSF through The Great Chefs Event and Lemon: NYC.

Chef Adam Perry Lang’s experience and expertise extends to barbecue and grilling in both professional and homes kitchens. His first restaurant, Daisy May’s BBQ USA is a classic rib shack in the heart of New York City. He also has restaurants in London and Las Vegas. Chef Lang is a participant in L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade and The Great Chef’s Event.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, Streetbird Rotisserie and Marcus National Harbor. He has been a supporter of ALSF since 2011, participating at the annual Lemon: NYC event.

Chef Kevin Sbraga is the chef/owner of Sbraga Dining, which includes The Fat Ham in King of Prussia. He’s a regular participant in The Great Chefs Event.

Chef Michael Solomonov is the executive chef of Zahav, Philadelphia’s renowned modern Israeli restaurant. He is also a partner at Federal Donuts in the city. He was a finalist for “Outstanding Chef” at the James Beard Foundation Awards. Chef Solomonov has participated in Lemon: Chicago and The Great Chefs Event.

Chef Hillary Sterling is the chef at Vic’s, a neighborhood Italian-Mediterranean restaurant in New York City. She has participated in Lemon: NYC and Lemon: Chicago.

Chef Bill Telepan is the executive chef of Wellness in the Schools (WITS) and is the executive chef of Oceana and Telepan on the Upper West Side in New York City. He has received many accolades and has been a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: New York City.” He has supported ALSF through several culinary events.

Chef Sue Torres is the Executive Chef at The Hunt Club in Fairfield, CT, a consultant for Leyenda in Brooklyn, NY and previous owner of Suenos in New York City. She has also been featured on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.” She is a regular participant in The Great Chefs Event.

Chef Miro Uskokovic is the pastry chef of Untitled and Gramercy Tavern in New York. He has participated in several Lemon: NYC events for ALSF.

Chef Marc Vetri, the chef/founder of Philadelphia’s critically acclaimed Vetri Family Restaurants, is a co-founder of The Great Chefs Event in Philadelphia which brings together scores of the country’s greatest chefs to raise money and awareness for ALSF. In 1998, together with his business partner Jeff Benjamin, Vetri opened his restaurant “Vetri” in Philadelphia. Within two years of the restaurant’s debut, he was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs” and received the Philadelphia Inquirer’s highest restaurant rating. In 2005, he was given the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic.”

Chef Jonathon Waxman is a successful chef, restauranteur and author. He is chef and owner of Barbuto in Manhattan’s West Village. He participated in two seasons of "Top Chef Masters” on Bravo. Giving back is important to Chef Waxman—he founded Lemon: NYC, gathering culinary greats together for this ALSF culinary event. He’s also participated in The Great Chefs Event and L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade. 

Southeast

John Besh
Jennifer Carroll
Donald Link
Michael Schwartz

In his 12 restaurants, event space, entrepreneurial pursuits and public activities, Chef John Besh aims to preserve ingredients, technique and the heritage of his native Lou-isiana. He won the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Southeast” in 2006. Chef Besh has supported ALSF through Lemon: Chicago, The Great Chefs Event and L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade.

Chef Jennifer Carroll is executive chef and partner at Requin in Fairfax, Virginia. She was also a finalist on Bravo's “Top Chef.” She led the kitchen at 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge when it opened inside the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia in 2008.Her time in Phila-delphia introduced her to ALSF and Chef Carroll has been a longtime supporter and fundraiser. She has participated in The Great Chefs Event since 2010, as well as Lem-on: NYC.

Recognized as one of New Orleans’ preeminent chefs, Chef Donald Link has pep-pered the streets of the Warehouse District of New Orleans with several restaurants since 2002. His flagship restaurant, Herbsaint, earned him a James Beard Foundation Award in 2007 for “Best Chef: South.” He is the author of several cookbooks, including Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link’s Louisiana which earned the James Beard Award for “Best American Cookbook.”

Chef Michael Schwartz is the owner of The Genuine Hospitality Group, a James Beard Foundation Award winner, the face of the South Florida restaurant industry and a nationally recognized celebrity chef. He is a regular at many ALSF culinary events.

Midwest

Paul Kahan
Donnie Madia
Tony Mantuano
Jonathon Sawyer
Rocco Whalen

Chef Paul Kahn is a strong supporter of ALSF and the nationally recognizable face of Chicago chefs. Passionately seasonal, unconventionally creative and dedicated to the inspiration of classical cuisine, Kahan has received international acclaim for Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Nico Osteria, Dove’s Luncheon-ette and most recently Publican Quality Bread. Awarded "Outstanding Chef" by the James Beard Foundation in 2013 and "Best Chef: Midwest" in 2004, Kahan earned the praise of many who claim him to be one of America’s most influential working chefs. Chef Kahan is one of the organizers behind Lemon: Chicago.

Chicago-born Donnie Madia is one of the city’s most acclaimed restauranteurs. His restaurants include Blackbird, avec, The Publican, The Violet Hour, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats and Nico Osteria. His gift for connecting talented chefs and business acumen was recognized by the James Beard Foundation in 2015 when he was awarded “Outstanding Restaurateur.” Madia is a key organizer of Lemon: Chicago.

Chef Tony Mantuano is the chef/partner at Spiaggia, the only four-star Italian restau-rant in Chicago. He was awarded the 2005 James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Midwest” and worked in several Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy before open-ing Spiaggia in 1984 to critical acclaim. He is the driving force behind Lemon: Chicago.

Chef Jonathon Sawyer is both a lifelong Clevelander and an awarding-winning Chef. His six restaurants, Trentina, The Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, Sawyler’s Street Frites, Sausage & Peppers, and SeeSaw Pretzel Shoppe, have each won honors and awards. In 2010, Chef Sawyer was named “Best New Chef” by Food & Wine magazine and in 2015 he won the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Great Lakes.”

Chef Rocco Whalen has emerged as one of the best chefs in Cleveland and in the Midwest. In 2002, he opened his remarkable restaurant Fahrenheit in historic Tremont, near downtown Cleveland. In 2014, Rocco opened Fahrenheit Charlotte in South Car-olina. He has also started in the Food Network Show “The Fat Show” and is a frequent-ly featured chef at several ALSF culinary events.

West Coast

Chris Bianco
Melissa D’Arabian
Giada De Laurentiis
Suzanne Goin
David Lentz
Tyler Florence
Hedy Goldsmith
Jenn Louis
Mary Sue Milliken
Nancy Oakes
Jon Shook
Vinnie Dotolo
Michael Voltaggio

Chef Chris Bianco is the chef/owner of Pizzeria Bianco and Pane Bianco, both in Phoenix, Arizona. He has supported ALSF for several years as a participating chef at L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade and The Great Chefs Event.

Celebrity chef, television host, best-selling author and mom of four, Melissa D’Arabian is a go-to expert on affordable and healthy family home cooking. Melissa won season five of “Food Network Star,” and shortly thereafter became known for her show Ten Dollar Dinners.

Emmy award-winning television personality Giada De Laurentiis is a fierce supporter in the fight against childhood cancer, supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation since 2011 as an advisory board member for L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade. Read more about Giada and ALSF.

Chef David Lentz and his wife Chef Suzanne Goin were incredibly touched by the story of Alexandra Scott and her lemonade stand. Every summer, Goin and Lentz use their culinary muscle to gather chefs nationwide for their fundraising event L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade. Since 2010, they have raised millions of dollars to fund childhood cancer research. In 2016, Chef Goin won the coveted James Beard Foundation Award for "Outstanding Chef of the Year.” Born and raised on the Chesapeake, Chef David Lentz is the founder and chef of California’s premiere seafood restaurant, The Hungry Cat in Hollywood. Chef Lentz can also be seen on Esquire Network’s "Knife Fight."

Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence has been a Food Network star for over 20 years on a va-riety of shows including “Tyler’s Ultimate,” “The Great Food Truck Race,” “How To Boil Water” and “Food 911.” He is also a best-selling author. Chef Florence has participated in the Lemon: NYC event and is featured in Alex’s Table.

Chef Hedy Goldsmith is based in Los Angeles where she is launching three product lines under her Sweet Hedy baked goods line. She is a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and “Iron Chef America” winner. She has participated in L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade since 2010 and also in Lemon: NYC.

Chef Jenn Louis is a Portland, Oregon based chef and cookbook author. She compet-ed on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs,”  and earned two nominations for the James Beard Foundation Award of “Best Chef: Northwest.” She has participated in several ALSF events including The Great Chefs Event, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade and Lemon: NYC.

Chef Mary Sue Milliken is most notably recognized as a preeminent ambassador of modern Mexican cuisine with her Border Grill Restaurants and Trucks in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. She has co-authored five cookbooks, co-starred in the Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales” and co-hosted a food-centered radio show for over a decade in Los Angeles. She also won season 3 of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.”

San Franciso Bay area-based Chef Nancy Oakes is the chef/owner at Boulevard and Prospect. She has participated in the L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade event since 2012.

Los Angeles Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are the owners of animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Jon & Vinny’s and Trois Familia. The duo received numer-ous nominations and awards from Food & Wine and the James Beard Foundation. The chefs are supporters of ALSF’s The Great Chef Event, Lemon: Chicago and L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade.

Chef Michael Voltaggio began working at restaurants at the age of 15 and hasn't worked outside the industry since. He is the owner/chef of Ink. and Sack Sandwiches in Los Angeles. He was also the winner of season 6 of Bravo's "Top Chef." Chef Volt-aggio is a frequent participant in L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade.