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Top Canadian Chefs Join Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri to Raise Funds for Mount Sinai Hospital

Top Canadian Chefs Join Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri to Raise Funds for Mount Sinai Hospital

Chef's Challenge raised $775,000 to support breast and ovarian cancer research at Mount Sinai Hospital

Canada’s hottest all-star line up of Food Network celebrity chefs joined Guy Fieri on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at The Fairmont Royal York for the third annual Chef’s Challenge: The Ultimate Battle for a Cure supporting breast and ovarian cancer research and education at Mount Sinai Hospital. This year’s challenge raised $775,000 for the Hospital, bringing the three-year total to $3.04 million.

Celebrity chefs Lynn Crawford, Chuck Hughes, Mark McEwan, David Rocco and Michael Smith joined Fieri for this premier culinary fundraising event in support of Mount Sinai’s Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute and Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre. This event supports the work of the Institutes’ scientists in hopes of discovering innovative approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat breast and ovarian cancers. 

Close to 450 fundraisers and foodies packed The Fairmont Royal York for a culinary showdown unlike any other. The top 50 fundraisers had their culinary skills put to the test live on stage alongside their team and celebrity chef, while the audience enjoyed a gourmet meal.

Fieri shared his own connection to cancer and his commitment to find a cure with the fundraisers. Fieri’s sister, Morgan, recently passed away from melanoma and he publicly opened up about her battle and the importance of fundraising to find a cure. "This without a doubt is the most off-the-hook crammed in dinner I've ever seen!” said Guy Fieri. On a serious note, he continued, “Of all the events I do, you guys are raising the bar higher than anyone else in the world."

The emcee was Bob Blumer, host of World’s Weirdest Restaurants on Food Network. Judges for the evening included Kris Reyes, News Anchor for Global TV; Antony Robart, Anchor and Host for Global Toronto; Michele Henry, Reporter with the Toronto Star, John Moore, Morning Show Host for Newstalk 1010 and Amy Rosen, Acting Food Editor at Chatelaine magazine.

The top fundraiser for the event was Kate Daniels, who raised an incredible $31,400 and chose Lynn Crawford to lead her through the culinary battle – ultimately paying off as Chef Crawford was victorious as the 2012 Chef’s Challenge winning team chef. Second place honours were awarded to Montreal’s own Chuck Hughes, while East Coast newcomer Michael Smith placed a close third.