Italians living "La Dolce Vita": Giada de Laurentiis and David Rocco

It was an absolute pleasure photographing Chef’s Challenge for Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary once again. This time it was held at the Toronto Congress Centre and everything was bigger, better and just an absolute blast.

The previous Chef’s Challenge with Guy Fieri was incredible as the energy he brought to the culinary fundraising challenge was amazing. This year with Giada de Laurentiis was just as electric with a supporting cast of fabulous food personalities including Vikram Vij, Bal Arneson, John Catucci, Mark McEwan, David Rocco, Derek Dammann (Montreal’s Maison Publique) and the only self-admitted non-food character, Scott McGillivray. Congrats to Derek Dammann’s team Fistful of Food for taking top honours at Chef’s Challenge 2014.

Chef’s Challenge has raised over $3.7 million to date in support of research and care in women’s cancers at Mount Sinai Hospital.

I’ll share more details and photos later but I just wanted to share with you some of my favourites for now. In the meantime visit www.chefschallengeforacure.com for more info.

Thanks to View the Vibe and Post City for using my photos. It’s an honour. And thanks very much to Adam Mazerall, JT Stevenson and Michelle Levy for being wonderful to work with. I’m forever grateful.

David Rocco at the crostini pre-battle

David Rocco at the crostini pre-battle

 

Scott McGillivray in food contemplation

Scott McGillivray in contemplation

 

Donut challenge happiness at the table with Giada de Laurentiis, Grant van Gameren, Maggie McKeown

Donut challenge happiness at the table with Giada de Laurentiis, Grant van Gameren, Maggie McKeown

 

John Catucci, Giada de Laurentiis, David Rocco

John Catucci, Giada de Laurentiis, David Rocco

 

David Rocco, Vikram Vij

David Rocco, Vikram Vij

 

Check out that smile on Scott McGillivray

Check out that smile on Scott McGillivray

 

Handsome boys: John Catucci, Scott McGillivray, Grant van Gameren, David Rocco

Handsome boys: John Catucci, Scott McGillivray, Grant van Gameren, David Rocco

 

Having a laugh: Scott McGillivray, Vikram Vij, John Catucci, Giada de Laurentiis, Maggie McKeown, Grant van Gameren

Having a laugh: Scott McGillivray, Vikram Vij, John Catucci, Giada de Laurentiis, Maggie McKeown, Grant van Gameren

 

Chef Derek Dammann's team (Fistful of Food) wins Chef's Challenge 2014!

Chef Derek Dammann’s team (Fistful of Food) wins Chef’s Challenge 2014!

 

Stay tuned as we share more about Chef’s Challenge 2014!


SEE ALSO
Check out our coverage from the last Chef’s Challenge with Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri with the Chefs Challenge awards

Guy Fieri with the Chefs Challenge awards

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