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Event Chairs

  • Michael and Shari Goldberg

Event Committee

  • Katie Blackmur
  • Kian Blackmur
  • Brian Doyle
  • Pamela Gertz
  • Ami Heap
  • Francine Loveman
  • Kash Morgan
  • Sam Pines
  • GeorgeAnn Pinter
  • Kellie Rossi
  • John Selick

Autism Speaks’ 2018 Cleveland Chef Gala will be held on Saturday, July 28th at The Cleveland Museum of Art located at 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Hosted by Celebrity Iron Chef Michael Symon, this unique, culinary extravaganza features over twenty of Cleveland’s finest chefs creating their signature “small plate” tasting for guests before the live presentation begins. The evening will feature special guest and fellow Iron Chef, Alex Guarnaschelli, who will join Michael Symon on-stage for an interactive three course dinner preparation. The evening will also include exclusive packages offered in silent and live auctions. Chef Gala has become a premier culinary event, featuring the region’s most acclaimed chefs. The Cleveland Museum of Art will become an open-kitchen with the best of Cleveland’s culinary community coming together to raise funds and awareness for people with autism.

2018 Honorees

Michael Symon
Jim and Jen Sammon


The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106
  1. 6:30PM  - VIP Meet and Greet with Michael Symon and Alex Guarnaschelli
  2. 7:00PM  - Cocktail Reception and Cleveland Chef Tasting
  3. Silent Auction Opens
  4. 8:30 PM - Interactive Dinner Preparation by Michael Symon and Alex Guarnaschelli
  5. Live Auction
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  • Hosts: Michael Symon and Alex Guarnaschelli
  • Derek Clayton and Summer Genetti - Michael Symon Restaurants
  • Tim Bando - Grove Hill
  • Joseph Lang - Moxie the Restaurant, Red the Steakhouse
  • Britt-Marie Culey  Cleveland Convention Center
  • Brian Doyle - Café Avalaun, Sow Food
  • Brandt Evans - Pura Vida, Blue Canyon
  • Anna Harouvis - Anna in the Raw, Good to Go Cafes
  • Jeff Jarrett  - US Foods
  • Douglas Katz - fire food and drink, Provenance
  • Matt Mytro & Paul Minnillo - Flour
  • Brian Okin  -  Graffiti: A Social Kitchen, Cork & Cleaver
  • Carl Qualiata & Zach Ladner -  Giovanni's Ristorante
  • Fabio Salerno -  Lago, Salerno Group
  • Jonathon Sawyer - Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, Trentina
  • John Selick  - Sodexo, University Hospitals
  • Anthony Scolaro - 111 Bistro, Trio
  • Mark Shary - J. Pistone
  • Karen Small - Flying Fig
  • Vishwatji Nath - Urban Farmer
  • Jill Vedaa -  Salt
  • Eric Wells - Skye LaRae's
  • Rocco Whalen -  Fahrenheit, Rocco 
  • Eric Williams - Momocho, El Carnicero
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For more information, please contact:
(216) 524-2842

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