New York's Bravest Spice Up Competition

New York's Bravest Spice up Competition
with New York's Top Chef's

NEW YORK, NY September 22, 2004 - For the third year in a row, New York City's top firefighters will set out to prove that fighting fires is not the only thing that makes New York's Bravest winners. The September Space Third Annual Iron Skillet Celebrity Cook Off will take place on Monday, October 4th from 6-9 p.m. and will pit five New York firefighters against five of the top New York chefs in a blazing competition.

The goal of this event is to raise money for healing programs and services to all those affected by the events of 9/11/01 at September Space, a non-profit community center. This years event will take place at the ultra hip Strata restaurant in Manhattan's Flat Iron District and will help raise funds for September Space to continue its successful community support, wellness programs, career services, disaster preparedness, as well as new initiatives to address the city's changing needs.

"It is amazing to see how much creativity each chef puts into their dish to distinguish themselves from their competition," said Lisa Orloff, Founder and Executive Director, September Space. "The dedication that the professional chefs and the firefighters show to this competition is the same dedication we saw in all New Yorkers that helped out in the days following September 11th."

This year Goumba Johnny from KTU-FM and Elvis Durran from Z100-FM will co-host, with corporate sponsor Clear Channel helping to promote the event. September Space has recruited celebrity judges to help decide who is the top chef including, Steve Schirripa (better known as Bobby Bacala from the Sopranos) actor Michael Duvall, cop turned singer Daniel Rodriguez, and 1969 NY Met Ed Kranepool. Additionally, the dynamic blues band French Cookin' Blues will help spice up the night with its own style of classic blues.

For more information or to purchase tickets please log onto or call 212-563-7570.

September Space is a community center founded on the volunteer spirit that swept New York City during the World Trade Center relief efforts, and represents a continuation of that grassroots effort and fortitude. Located at 520 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, its mission is to provide support services and programming for volunteers, rescue and relief workers, survivors and victim's families in a safe, non-threatening atmosphere. September Space, a recognized 501 (c) (3) organization, is open Tuesday through Sundays from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and alternating Saturdays and Sundays. For more information about September Space log onto


Corey Cutler or Eric Rayvid