May 21, 2006

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Photos by Mark Saunders


Chefs for Humanity Hosts the Art of Food Fundraiser

May 21, 2006
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois


Mannequins clothed in food

Chefs for Humanity hosted the Art of Food fundraising event on May 21, 2006 at the Art Institute of Chicago. The event featured four galleries of artwork using food as a medium, created by celebrated chefs including: Cat Cora, Ming Tsai, Art Smith, Robert St. John, Charlie Ayers, Gale Gand, Joanne Boundy, Todd English and Grant MacPherson. These council chefs were also joined by Martha Foose, Tara Lane, David Leathers, and more.

Pieces created by these chefs, and their supporting artists, included individual works portraying the mission points of Chefs for Humanity. The fundraiser’s activities were promoted in a press conference during the weekend of the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show featuring the organization’s charitable chef projects for the year. The charitable projects include humanitarian aid projects, hunger mission work and nutrition education.

Art of Food Sculpture on StarChefs.com
Art of Food Sculpture

‘Feast and Famine’ was the message portrayed in the performance gallery where the contrast of different countries’ food needs were portrayed by knife work and food displays. There were portraits composed of spun sugar messaging 'hope,' desserts made of grains, and a bed made from rice.

Additionally, mixed media pieces included childrens’ cell phone video footage showing family meal time, mannequins clothed in food, a compilation of Katrina footage, an iron sculpture portraying world needs, and a wall painting of eyes looking out at a piece of grain.

Eyes looking out at a piece of grain

Chefs for Humanity is a coalition of chefs and culinary professionals raising funds for emergency aid. The organization was co-founded by Cat Cora in January 2005. Its culinary council includes Norman Van Aken, Bobby Flay, Elizabeth Faulkner, Rick Bayless, Marcus Samuelsson, and Ming Tsai.

To get involved with Chefs for Humanity, visit www.chefsforhumanity.org for information. The many ways to contribute include creating educational programs on nutrition for disadvantaged children, donating food, and setting up fundraising days in your restaurant.

Bed made from rice on StarChefs.com
Bed made from rice


...Published: July 2006