Pantry to Plate – A Chef’s Challenge


On September 18, 2014, JFS Orlando presented Pantry to Plate – A Chef’s Challenge, showcasing four Orlando chefs. Each chef was challenged to create a recipe for the event using ingredients found in the JFS food pantry.


On the evening of the event, B.B. King’s staff prepared the recipes for the guests and judges. The event was hosted by world-renowned Chef Cat Cora, the first female Iron Chef. Chef Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon designed a recipe for Black Bean Burgers for the first course, followed by a second course of Peach-Glazed Grilled Chicken designed by Chef John Rivers of 4 Rivers Smokehouse and The Coop. The third course was Contemporary West Indian Chicken designed by Chef Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant.


The event culminated with cupcakes by Hollis Wilder of Sweet! and an award presentation. After careful consideration, the judges awarded first place to Chef John Rivers. The People’s Choice Award was also presented to Chef John Rivers. Everyone had a fun evening, sampling creative recipes, while supporting JFS Orlando. Many thanks to the staff of B.B. King’s for preparing dinner and for outstanding service.logo

Established in 1978 as a non-profit human service agency, JFS Orlando provides social programs and services to struggling children and families of all faiths in the Central Florida community. JFS particularly supports the efforts to prevent hunger and provide counseling to those in need. For more information on JFS and its programs, please visit

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