Top chefs take a bite out of childhood obesity

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Big chefs and little chefs take a bite out of childhood obesity with the fifth annual Piggly Wiggly Little Chef, Big Chef event set for Thursday. PHOTO PROVIDED

It’s the perfect recipe. Take 13 of the best and brightest chefs in a foodie-town and pair them up with Louie’s Kids children from various programs, who are either battling obesity or just trying to get or stay in shape. Then sit back with a glass of wine and watch the healthy (and delicious) food fly.

That’s exactly what to expect from the fifth annual Piggly Wiggly Little Chef, Big Chef event on Thursday, June 13 at the South Carolina Aquarium. The culinary competition raises funds for Louie’s Kids, a national nonprofit that helps treat childhood obesity as well as helps kids live a healthier more productive life in programs like RunBuddies. Event guests will have a chance to taste all 13 collaborative creations and vote for their favorite Big Chef, Little Chef duo.

Louis Yuhasz, founder of Louie’s Kids, looks forward to Little Chef, Big Chef each year. “These kids desperately need to learn how to make food that is both nutritious and affordable,” said Yuhasz. “This event does just that in a fun and memorable way.”

This year’s scrumptious affair, presented by SYSCO and IKON Financial Group, features an all-star chef line up sure to leave your mouth-watering, including last year’s winner: Nico Romo of FISH.

2013 Piggly Wiggly Little Chef, Big Chef participants:

Nico Romo, FISH

Marc Collins, Circa 1886

Cary Zapatka, Square Onion

Craig Deihl, Cypress

John Zucker, Cru Café

Ben Berryhill, Red Drum

John Ondo, Lana Restaurant

Michelle Weaver, Charleston Grill

Ken Vedrinski, Trattoria

Lucca Jeremiah Bacon, The Macintosh

Forest Parker, Old Village Post House

Kevin Johnson, The Grocery

Nate Whiting, Tristan

Little Chef, Big Chef not only benefits the participants from Louie’s Kids, but also the chefs, who are able to make a difference in the life of a child they may have otherwise never had the opportunity to meet. Mike Lata of Fig, who cooked in last year’s competition, told Yuhasz Big Chef, Little Chef was one of the best events Fig participated in all year.

Chef Forest Parker of Old Village Post House in Mount Pleasant said, “I’m excited to represent Maverick Southern Kitchens and our relationship with Louie’s Kids. It’s easy to make poor food choices when constantly surrounded by all the temptations of the Lowcountry. My hope is that my Little Chef, Ashlyn, and I can offer each other some inspiration in our partnership. It’s a real win-win!”

Tickets are available for $65 in advance, or $75 day of, and include beer provided by Southern Eagle and Palmetto Brewery and wine. Advance tickets can be purchased at all Charleston area Piggly Wiggly stores or online at Louieskids.org. Purchasing tickets early is strongly encouraged, as space is limited and this event sells out.

For more information on Louie’s Kids Little Chef, Big Chef visit LouiesKids.org or get live updates on Twitter with #LITTLECHEFBIGCHEF.

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