Celebrating its valued relationship with the James Beard Foundation, Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., will host its third annual Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner on Friday, March 2, 2018. This event welcomes national culinary talent and comes on the heels of Kuro’s recent sold-out dinner at the distinguished James Beard House in New York City. The collaboration dinner kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a five-course dinner prepared by Seminole Hard Rock and Kuro’s Creative Culinary Director Chef Alex Q. Becker and James Beard Award winner Chef Stephanie Izard of Chicago’s Girl & the Goat; Little Goat; and Duck Duck Goat. Emceeing the evening is guest of honor, multiple James Beard Award winner, cookbook author and Emmy Award-winning host of Food Network’s “Chopped” and “Chopped Junior,” Ted Allen. Following the dinner, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Chefs Becker and Izard on the evening’s culinary offerings, moderated by Allen.
Izard was the 2013 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef: Great Lakes.” She is the executive chef/partner of three critically acclaimed restaurants in Chicago. Most recently, Izard competed in the Food Network’s “Iron Chef Gauntlet,” where she defeated Chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Masaharu Morimoto for the title of Iron Chef.
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the James Beard Foundation’s National Scholars program. Launched in 2016, the program provides high-impact scholarships of $20,000 to culinary-focused candidates of exceptional talent. Candidates are selected based on academic merit, as well as personal and professional references. Ten candidates are selected each year from across the country.
Tickets are priced at $175 per person and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com. Space is limited. For more information on the event, please visit: www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com/jbf.