Evening with the Chefs

Evening with the Chefs

photographer tampa  On Thursday, May 23, 2013, The Ryan Wells Foundation and the Sheraton Sand Key Resort hosted the 8th annual “Evening with the Chef’s” at the Sheraton Sand Key on Clearwater Beach. Students from the culinary programs of Dixie Hollins, Jacobson Culinary Academy at Tarpon Springs, Northeast, and Osceola High School worked side-by-side with 9 of the top Executive Chefs of Tampa Bay including Chef John Harris of Rusty’s Bistro at Sheraton Sand Key, Chef Chris Pone of Cafe Ponte, Chef Mark Hrycko of Island Way Grill, Chef Tyson Grant of Parkshore Grill, Chef Justin Harry of Palm Court Italian Grill at TradeWinds Resort, Chef Scott Bebell of Guppy’s, Chef Doug Bebell of Mystic Fish, Chef Stephen Jordan of Caretta on the Gulf at Sandpearl Resort, and Chief Chocolate Officer William Brown of William Dean Chocolates. The night was a culinary dream come true when 12 students were awarded scholarships totaling $74,000 to pursue their dreams in culinary arts and hospitality. Johnson & Wales University awarded additional scholarships to several students. Donations of $4,000 were also awarded to each of the four high school culinary programs which will be used to purchase food, equipment and other educational necessities. This year’s event featured Celebrity Chef Johnny Ciao as the emcee, who in the industry is also known as the Culinary Rocker for his past employment by numerous celebrities including Michael Jackson. Live music, student demonstrations, a silent auction and a live auction including private dinners donated by local chefs kept guests entertained all night long. The Ryan Wells Foundation’s mission to Fulfill My Dreams refer to the dreams of the students, also shared by Ryan Wells who passed away in the summer of 2005 after representing Tarpon Springs High School at the FRLA ProStart Invitational event at Johnson & Wales University in Miami. Thank you to all of our supporters and we hope to see you at next year’s event!photographer tampaphotographer tampa






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