Takeout and Give Back Cook-A-Thon Goes Virtual to Benefit World Central Food Bank on October 17, 2020

If the quarantine has left you flying solo in the kitchen or ordering takeout for longer than any social distancing creature can bear, get ready because company is coming.   And since this is very special company, you may wish to primp a little.

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Jose Andres

The Los Angeles Times food team along with guest hosts Ludo Lefebvre and Evan Kleinman will invade your home with cooking demonstrations from international gastronomic luminary and humanitarian José Andrés.  The two-hour event virtual workshop and event will include exclusive appearances from actor and restauranteur Danny Trejo, actors Jack Black, Eric Wareheim, and Jamie Lee Curtis, and implacable Netflix foodie Phil Rosenthal.

In collaboration with World Central Kitchen to support hunger relief efforts, the online fundraiser includes demonstrations from top chefs, kitchen tours, invaluable recipe tips, and conversations with globally recognized culinary talent.

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Danny Trejo

They treated invited media and influencers to a pre-taste via Zoom steak dinner demo with Chef Lamar Moore.  Winner of the Food Network Vegas Chef Prizefight, Moore is now executive chef at Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse at the Flamingo Las Vegas.  Moore demonstrated Bugsy & Meyer’s signature Steak with Red Wine Butter and Yukon Potato Au gratin paired with a specially chosen cabernet.  The participating influencers were to a gourmet box of the recipe ingredients to recreate at home.  Check out #cook-a-thon to see it turned out!

What’s on the Menu

  • José Andrés will present a special cooking demonstration, fried chicken secrets from Chef Greg Dulan, and Australian seafood specialist Josh Niland will show viewers how to clean a whole fish in case you are dying to know.
  • Next up, master your knife skills and get some laughs with help Eric Jack Black will divulge his gastronomic guilty pleasures, followed by celebrity turned celebrity chef Danny Trejo to discuss his spice obsession.  More disclosures with actress Jamie Lee Curtis who will reveal her favorite LA restaurants for takeout and delivery.
  • Viewers will get an inside look at the cooking spaces of acclaimed chefs with virtual kitchen tours from Daniele Uditi (Pizzana), Lamar Moore (Bugsy Meyer), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill) and Zaiyu Hasegawa (Den).
  • Join a live discussion about the current global food crisis World Central Kitchen chef-partner Ludo Lefebvre and L.A. Times Senior Food Writer Jenn Harris
  • A. Times Deputy Entertainment and Arts Editor Laurie Ochoa will present the fourth annual Gold Award to the 2020 award recipient, Post & Beam, followed by a discussion with the restaurant’s chef-owner, John Cleveland.

Continuing Food Bowl’s mission to highlight issues of food access, sustainability, and waste reduction, the Takeout and Give Back campaign will launch virtual charity collaborations to support World Central Kitchen and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to raise awareness and funds for communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis. The LA Times Foundation Fund will grant up to $100,000 to various charity partners in 2020, including $25,000 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and $25,000 to World Central Kitchen to help launch a virtual food drive and the Cook-A-Thon initiative.

The Takeout and Give Back Cook-A-Thon is sponsored by Food Bowl’s founding partner, Citi. To RSVP for the event and for additional information on how to donate, visit Connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @LAfoodbowl (#LAfoodbowl).

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You can tune in for the live stream on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. PT via the Los Angeles Times YouTube Channel and Facebook page. The event also will air on Spectrum News 1 and the Spectrum News App on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. PT.

Additional participating chefs: Alice Waters (Oakland), Ferran Adrià (Spain), Ana Roš (Slovenia), Dominique Crenn (San Francisco), Éric Ripert (New York), Josh Niland (Australia), Nick Montgomery (Konbi), Dave Beran (Dialogue and Pasjoli), Greg Dulan (Dulan’s), Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo  (Jon & Vinny’s), Keith Corbin (Alva Adams), Kim Prince (Hotville Chicken), Jonathan Whitener (All Day Baby and Here’s Looking at You), Susan Feniger (Border Grill), Nyesha Arrington, Steve Samson (Rossoblu) and Vartan Abgaryan (Yours Truly).