@RippleWDC @roofersuniondc Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley is preparing her winning dish during the competition at the @DCCK #CapitalFoodFight event at Ronald Reagan Building on November 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for DC Central Kitchen) #winner #chef #awesome #food #dc #travel #competition
Washington, DC (November 20, 2014) – On the evening of November 11th, Ripple and Roofers Union Executive Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley took home the top honor at DC Central Kitchen’s premiere signature fundraising event, the Capital Food Fight. The event brought together over 1,200 guests, 75 tasting restaurants, nine cocktail mixologists, and live on-stage entertainment.
Chefs Frederik De Pue (Table), Tim Ma (Maple Ave Restaurant, Water & Wall), Marjorie Meek-Bradley (Ripple and Roofers Union) and Javier Romero (Taberna Del Alabardero) created dishes judged by some of the biggest names in the culinary world: Daniel Boulud (DANIEL), Ted Allen (Food Network’s “Chopped”), David Guas (Travel Channel’s “American Grilled”), and Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar). Anthony Bourdain (CNN’s “Parts Unknown”) and Carla Hall (ABC’s “The Chew”) emceed the 11th annual occasion.
WHY DID SHE WIN?
Her fried green tomatoes using the secret ingredient chow-chow, a sweet pickled relish made by DC Central Kitchen.
Ace of Cakes’ Duff Goldman and Emmy-winning ABC7’s Scott Thuman hosted the 2nd annual High Stakes Cakes competition where Pastry Chef Melissa Payne (Couture Cake Creations) won the top prize for her three-tier cake design.
@charmcitycakeswest Duff Goldman examines the winner cake prepared by Melissa Payne of Couture Cake Creations during the @DCCK #CapitalFoodFight event at Ronald Reagan Building on November 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for DC Central Kitchen) #dcevents #hospitality #restaurants
The event raised over $700,000 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 reducing hunger and poverty by training unemployed adults for culinary careers while preparing nearly 12,000 meals per day for area shelters, halfway houses, schools, and 70 other agencies serving low-income clients.
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