Franklin Becker, executive chef at Brasserie in New York City, walked away the big winner at the Foxwoods Celebrity Chef Charity Poker Tournament, which took place during the Second Annual Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival, on September 16. Becker's first place purse of $15,000 will be donated to Autism Speaks.
Ming Tsai, chef and co-owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass., came in second place, winning $10,000 for the Cam Neely Foundation in Boston and David Rabin, owner of NYC's club Lotus, won third place, donating $5,000 to New York Cares and The Innocence Project.
Brasserie Head Chef Franklin Becker
There was no stopping Becker, who knocked off Chefs David Burke (New York-based davidburke & donatella), Harold Dieterle (Top Chef, Season 2) and Michael Schlow (Boston-based Radius) early in the game with his straight flush to the jack. “I knew I was in good shape when I was dealt that straight flush,” said Becker. “It was great to be a part of this year's Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival and even better to be able to participate in this poker tournament for charity. I will have to come back and defend my title as the reigning champ next year!”
Becker is also the executive co-chair fortaking place on October 24 at Capitale in New York's Chinatown. He will be one of over 60 renowned chefs taking part in this inaugural event where celebrated chefs will cook four-course tasting menus tableside for the evening's lucky guests, each of whom will be seated, in essence, at “the chef's table.” Other culinary luminaries include Andrew Carmellini, Wylie Dufresne, Eric Ripert, David Waltuck and Geoffrey Zakarian. View a complete list of participating chefs .
For more information, please contact Cindy Brown at (914) 935-1462 ext. 11 or via email at CBrown@AutismSpeaks.org.