Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021
Changing lives one chef at a time
This year is more than a battle between top chefs. It’s a fight for our students’ future, and your support is needed.
Top chefs are returning to the ring to help keep Metropolitan Ministries’ culinary arts program in existence.
Will Team St. Pete defend its reigning title? More importantly, will the culinary program stay alive to create jobs and change more lives? Follow us for updates from the chefs, exclusive live auction announcements, and insider deals to your favorite restaurants.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Offensive Guard
Professional Chef and Blogger
Battle of the Bay Judges
Norman Van Aken
Norman Van Aken is best known for introducing “fusion” into the lexicon of global cookery. He is also known as “the founding father of New World Cuisine” – a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, American, and African flavors thus pioneering a new, visionary way of cooking in America.
A veteran of the yachting industry, chief stewardess Adrienne Gang lives by the philosophy “work hard, play hard” on Bravo TV's Below Deck. Adrienne is a professional chef for celebrities, dignitaries, and rockstars. She has an uncanny intuition for knowing her clients' desires before they ask.
Coming from a long line of talented chefs, it's no wonder Joe Isidori was awarded a Michelin star in 2009 after launching dining concepts for the Trump Organization. Chef Joe opened JOTORO Kitchen + Tequila Bar last fall at Tampa's Sparkman Wharf.
Lee Ann Whippen
Lee Ann is a 25-year BBQ Competitor, KCBS Certified Judge, celebrity pitmaster and restaurateur. Recent accolades include being named Food Network’s “Master of Que” after ousting seven barbecue greats on the premier season of the Food Network’s “BBQ Brawl.” She is a nominee for the “BBQ Hall of Fame” in 2019 and 2020, winner of Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay.