This is $22,000 over last year's proceeds, said Teresa Benden, director of theCSISD Education Foundation. They also had record attendance with 1,600 guests, 131 celebrity chefs, 67 cook helpers, and 179 volunteers - which brings the total to almost 2,000.
"We want to thank our Top Chef Sponsor Commerce National Bank and everyone who sponsored, cooked, volunteered or attended," Benden said.
"It really does take a collective team effort to put on an event of this magnitude," said Education Foundation President James Haverland. "We are humbled and excited at the same time about the possibilities these funds afford our teachers and students."
Funds from the event will go to fund innovative teaching grants, student scholarships and the CSISD learning website Success 24/7.
They already are thinking about next year's 10th Anniversary 50 Men Who Can Cook which will take place on Friday, Feb. 3rd, 2017. "Mark your calendars now because it's sure to be the best community event of the year," Benden said. "We're going to pull out all the stops!"
Our winners voted on by our guests this year include:
- Best Appetizer/Salad/Side: Josh Symank, Rocco Grande, Omar Espitia & Jeff Horak (Oakwood Int., A&M Consolidated HS & Goosehead Insurance)
- Best Soup/Chili: Kyle Whileyman, Ryan Pacher & Jordan Landry (Pebble Creek Elementary)
- Best Entree: Will Patterson & Sean Pruski (CSISD Kid's Klub)
- Best Dessert: Scott McCollum and Billy Couch (CSISD Police Dept.)
- Best Decorated Booth: Ron Fox & Paul Dorsett (Goodbull Pedicab Co. & Potato Shack)
- Most Tickets Sold: John Morgan & Joe Ayala (PepperLawson Construction)