There are hardly two more energetic food celebrities than the boisterous Spanish chef José Andrés and The Chew’s vibrant host Carla Hall, and this fall they are joining their considerable forces in over-the-top enthusiasm at the Capital Food Fight in Washington, D.C.
One of the city’s very best food events, the Capital Food Fight is a fundraiser for the DC Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that simultaneously fights hunger and trains unemployed adults for careers in food service. The annual event — which Andrés himself actually founded — is one of the most popular (and food celebrity studded) tickets in town. And they’re on sale as of this week.
At the November 12 event, Andrés and Hall will preside over an Iron Chef-style competition among four local D.C. chefs. As in past years, the two hosts are mostly just responsible for the witty banter during the competition. To actually judge it, they’ll be joined by a few fellow famous chefs: the Food Network’s Anne Burrell, Top Chef’s Spike Mendelsohn, and global restaurateur Richard Sandoval.
While the competition is underway, some of the most popular restaurants from across the city will be offering tastings. Hall will most likely put her amazing auctioneering skills to use once again to madly raffle off some of the big food-related prize packages that have in past years considered the likes of a trip to the Aspen Food & Wine Festival. Meanwhile, Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman and local TV news reporter Scott Thuman will host a cake battle between four teams of pastry chefs.
Though Anthony Bourdain usually emcees the Capital Food Fight, he unfortunately had to bow out this year due to a Parts Unknown scheduling conflict. But Andrés, his substitute, is no slouch either when it comes to witty banter so expect to be wildly entertained. Tickets have gone on sale this week at capitalfoodfight.org; at $250, they’re a bit steep, but the cause is still as good as ever.