Chefs have become the new heartthrobs of America. And let’s be honest: It’s a much smarter crush than actors or musicians. We all need to eat, and as much as we might enjoy them, we don’t need movies or music to survive. Just sayin’. On Friday, your chance is here to hang out — and drool — over local and national celebrity chefs. The OBIES, a Taste of South Florida, is bringing top chefs together to raise money for charity. Taking place at the Broward County Convention Center from 7 to 10 p.m., the event will feature amazing food, great drinks, live entertainment, and a chance to give back. Attending chefs include James Beard inductee Norman Van Aken, Top Chef’s Fabio Viviani and Howie “Bulldog” Kleinberg, Hell’s Kitchen contestant Ralph Pagano, Steve Martin of Harry’s Pizzeria, Hedy Goldsmith from Michael’s Genuine, and 1826 Restaurant’s Danny Grant. Several local restaurants will also be attending. As part of the festivities, the evening includes a contest for Best Chef/Restaurant, which will be determined by attendees. Guest judges and members of the media will vote for Best Miami-Dade Restaurant, Best Broward Restaurant, and overall “Flavor South Florida” winner. Paul Castronovo will emcee the event. The cost to attend is $85 per person.
Fri., May 30, 7 p.m., 2014
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