Photos by Jo Dickins, text by Malcolm Jolley
Last year a loose association of young, fine dining chefs and their restaurants raised $40,000 for The Stop Community Food Centre. So, what did Crosstown Kitchens decide to do when it was time to present their cheque? They organized another fundraiser to kick-start another year of fundraising and invited industry legend Chef Jamie Kennedy to cook off against Chef Teddy Corrado on his home turf: the Royal Ontario Museum’s C5 restaurant. The Crosstown Kitchens chefs split between the two team leaders and presented an all appetizer selection of food cooked exclusively from the shelves of independent grocer Fiesta Farms. The rub? The chef teams had exactly $500 and not a second more than 30 minutes to gather the food and plan their menus earlier that morning. Crosstown Kitchens continues to do its good work this month with an all new Stop for Food program: participating restaurants (click here for a complete list) will feature a $50 or $35 prix fixe from March 1 to 31 and $10 or $5, respectively, will go directly to The Stop’s innovative food programs which feed thousands.
Photographer Jo Dickins captured the mood on February 22, as Iron Chef America’s Kevin Brauch led the evening’s competition on behalf of a to-capacity crowd and a panel of notbale judges including journalists Sasha Chapman, James Chatto and Ivy Knight, activist, organizer and culinary scene maker Arlene Stein and your humble correspondent. Refreshments were supplied by Niagara’s Chateau des Charmes winery and Toronto’s Mill Street Brewery. Revelry abounded. Here’s how it looked seen through Dickins’ lens.
Jo Dickins is a Toronto-based professional photographer. Find out more about Jo Dickins at jodickins.com.
[Photo: John Gundy.]