Famous chef cooks up tornado relief event

OKLAHOMA CITY – Top Chef season 1 winner Rick Bayless said he felt moved to help after witnessing the devastation left by May’s tornadoes.

He lives in Chicago now but was born and raised in Oklahoma and said he knows horrible storms can be.

In the last few weeks, he and a few friends tossed together a chef’s relief event, a triple culinary feast.

Monday kicked off downtown where local chefs will man the grills to make Bayless’ signature street food.

Then the Tasting Room will host another signature Bayless cooking fest.

The capstone event is happening Monday night at Will Rogers Theatre.

All events are raising money to help tornado victims recover.

So far 280 tickets have been sold for the finale with all proceeds going to the Regional Food Bank for Oklahoma’s tornado relief efforts.

It is sold out.

Chef Rick Bayless said, “You know, we’re part of the hospitality industry and I think you can always count on chefs to, you know, be reaching out and saying, ‘What can we do?’ Our goal in life is to take good care of people.”

If you want to get involved, head downtown from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the taco lunch event.