Sapphire Preferred®, a premier travel rewards card from Chase, in
partnership with FOOD & WINE hosted the first-ever Chase
Sapphire Preferred Chef Challenge, Thursday, August 21, at the
fourth annual Los
Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE.
Four chef superstars participated in a live competition to showcase
their spin on street tacos and a cocktail, during the Ultimate Bites of
L.A. walk-around tasting event, presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred.
Chef Ray Garcia, left, Lauren Furgione, Vice President of Chase Sapphire, Michael Flood, President and CEO of Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and Chef Fabio Viviani are awarded a $20,000 donation for Los Angeles Regional Food Bank at the Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef Challenge during the Ultimate Bites of L.A. at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE, on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Chase Sapphire Preferred/AP Images)
Chefs Fabio Viviani and Ray Garcia were awarded the grand prize after
impressing judges with mango chicharron chile relleno tacos. The team's
designated charity, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, received a $20,000
donation, courtesy of Chase Sapphire Preferred. Graham Elliot and Ben
Ford were awarded $5,000 for their designated charity, Careers through
Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP).
Culinary host, Billy Harris, emceed the event, while Christina Grdovic,
senior vice president and publisher at FOOD & WINE, David
Bernahl, CEO at Coastal Luxury Management and co-founder of Los Angeles
Food & Wine Festival, and Justin Chapple, test kitchen senior editor at FOOD
& WINE served on the judging panel.
"I am thrilled to be involved in the Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef
Challenge to raise money in support of Los Angeles Regional Food
Bank," said chef Fabio Viviani. "I had a great time working alongside
chef Ray Garcia to create a classic L.A. dish against chefs Graham
Elliot and Ben Ford."
The event was part of the annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, a
four-day festival that showcases the finest in food and drink culture
throughout Los Angeles and culinary personalities from around the
country. The festival includes food and wine tastings, culinary
demonstrations, live entertanment and more.
"Chase Sapphire Preferred is proud to partner with the Los Angeles Food
& Wine Festival and host the Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef
Challenge," said Lisa Walker, general manager, Chase Sapphire. "It's
inspiring to see four talented chefs come together and bring their
professional experience and fierce competition to put on an amazing show
for our cardmembers and raise money for the culinary community in Los
As a presenting sponsor of Ultimate Bites of L.A., Chase Sapphire
cardmembers were first to purchase tickets before the general public and
enjoyed VIP lounges, event speed lines and access to an exclusive
luncheon and intimate meet-and-greets with chefs during the festival.
About Careers through Culinary Arts Program- Los Angeles
"Celebrating 25 years of transforming lives through culinary arts,"
Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) works with public high
schools across the country to prepare at-risk students for college and
career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. C-CAP
manages the largest independent culinary scholarship program in the
United States and since inception has awarded high school students
nationwide more than $43 million in scholarships and donated more than
$3.1 million worth of supplies and equipment to classrooms. C-CAP Los
Angeles partners with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
and surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.ccapinc.org.
About Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
For 41 years, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has worked to mobilize
resources in the community to alleviate hunger. With a vision that no
one goes hungry in Los Angeles County, the Food Bank has distributed 1
billion pounds of food since its inception. It provides food to 1
million people and in 2013 distributed 60 million pounds of food. The
Food Bank collects food from hundreds of resources, which - with the
help of 33,000 volunteers annually - it distributes through a network of
more than 670 partner agencies at more than 1,000 distribution and
program sites. In addition, 97 percent of monies raised and in-kind
donations go directly to programs. Our efficiency and effectiveness led
to the LA Business Journal to name the Food Bank as the "Nonprofit
Organization of the Year" among large local organizations in 2013. For
more information or to get involved, visit: www.lafoodbank.org.
About Chase Sapphire Preferred
Chase Sapphire Preferred is a premier rewards credit card for people who
are passionate about travel and dining. With Sapphire Preferred you
enjoy premium travel rewards and benefits with no travel restrictions or
blackout dates on airfare booked through Ultimate Rewards, double points
for every dollar spent on dining and travel, Chip and Signature for
international travel and no foreign transaction fees, 1:1 point transfer
to leading frequent travel programs, 24/7 live customer service, access
to exclusive cardmember experiences and more. More information is
available at www.chasesapphire.com/preferred.
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Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with
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About Los Angeles Food & Wine:
Now in its fourth year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented
with generous support from founding partners FOOD & WINE, Lexus, The
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, JENN-AIR, Delta Airlines, is a four-day
epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture
throughout Los Angeles and culinary personalities from throughout the
country. Set amid one of the country's foremost cultural destinations
along Grand Avenue, the event spans the city and offers guests the
chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most
prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of
the entertainment industry's brightest talents. The star-studded lineup
has included celebrated chefs such as Curtis Stone, Michael Chiarello,
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Thomas Keller, Guy Fieri, and local
favorites such as Rory Herrmann, Michael Voltaggio, Matsuhisa Nobu and
Sang Yoon. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.lafw.com
or call 855.433.LAFW.
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