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Chef Amy Brandwein of Centrolina Wins DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight

Chef Amy Brandwein of Centrolina Wins DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight

(Washington, DC)Amy Brandwein, executive chef and owner of Centrolina, took home the top honor tonight at DC Central Kitchen’s signature fundraising event, the Capital Food Fight.

Chefs Amy Brandwein, Harper McClure of BRABO, Nick Stefanelli of Masseria, and K.N. Vinod of Indique created dishes judged by some of the biggest names in the culinary world like; Food Network’s Anne Burrell, Richard Sandoval, and Spike Mendelsohn. Event founder José Andrés and The Chew’s Carla Hall co-hosted the annual event.

Presented by Tyson, the Capital Food Fight brought together over 1,200 guests, 75 tasting restaurants, as well as cocktail mixologists and live on-stage entertainment. Battling chefs were asked to create dishes using secret ingredients ranging from an entire pig, presented by Tyson, to brown sugar & mustard ham glaze, presented by Whole Foods. Chef Amy Brandwein won the final battle over Chef K.N. Vinod for her use of pig shoulder in the final battle.

Ace of Cake’s Duff Goldman hosted the High Stakes Cakes competition where Pastry Chef Erin Schwartz won the top prize for her cake design representing the power of volunteerism.

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The event raised over $550,000 for DC Central Kitchen, which earns 60 percent of its $13 million annual budget through social enterprise ventures that employ at-risk adults to serve healthy food in DC. The remaining 40 percent is secured through charitable fundraising like the Capital Food Fight. The Washington, DC nonprofit is committed to addressing hunger and poverty by preparing and delivering healthy meals to 90 DC homeless shelters, schools, and partner charities annually.

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