first_imgIncludes James Beard Award and Top Chef Winners to Kick Off Derby Weekend with Flavors from Across the NationLOUISVILLE, Ky., May 2, 2018 – The ninth annual Taste of Derby presented by Angry Orchard will kick off the 144th Derby weekend with delicious culinary experiences from award-winning chefs from across the U.S. The event takes place on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the KFC Yum! Center and includes James Beard award-winners, Top Chef Alumni and chefs from the top-rated restaurants in the country.Each year, a selection of renowned chefs from America’s horse racing regions come together to delight Taste of Derby guests with regional specialties, exquisite wine and live music. The evening also features the Sullivan University Future Chef Showdown, during which local culinary students compete for a scholarship. For a full list of participating chefs, tickets or to learn more about the event, visit Taste of Derby raises funds and awareness for hunger relief organizations. To date, more than $820,000 has been contributed to hunger relief locally and around the country in regions where participating chefs are located.Dare to Care Food Bank will return again as the beneficiary of this year’s event.Featured chefs include:Top Chef All Star Dale Talde of Talde Brooklyn & West Palm BeachChurchill Downs Executive Chef David DanielsonYoungest Pastry Chef in the U.S. with a Michelin Star, Ian Gresik of The Arbour PasadenaFrench Master Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel of jr’s table in CincinnatiRising Star Chef Josh Thomsen of The Grove Park InnTop Chef Season 12 Alum Joy Crump of Foode in Fredricksburg, VAJames Beard award-wining chef Justin Devilllier of Petite Grocery NOLATop Chef Alum Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow in AtlantaLevon Wallace of Gray & Dudley at the 21c in NashvilleCurrent James Beard Semifinalist Matt McClure of 21c BentonvilleFredo Nogueira of Cane & Table in New Orleans, LA, one of Esquire Magazines Best Restaurants 20162017 James Beard Finalist Tiffani Faison Walsh of Tiger Mama in BostonCurrently a contender on Iron Chef Gauntlet, Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Miami, Vegas and BrooklynBest Restaurant in the US Commander’s Palace Chef, Tory McPhaillRising Star Chef Victor Scargle of Atelier by JCB, Napalast_img

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