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The Children's Lunchbox: Meet the Chefs of the Gumbo Throwdown


Meet the Chefs of our
Cajun Cook-Off for a Cause!

Join The Children's Lunchbox for a Gumbo Throwdown to remember on Monday, June 9, at 5pm at Cafe Amsterdam! Money raised at this event will go to ensuring Anchorage children will have healthy and nutritious food all year round! Read on to learn more about our three competing chefs, and be sure to purchase your ticket now!
Buy your ticket now, space is limited!

Chris Knight
The Children's Lunchbox's own!

"Growing up in the south food is a replica of comfort, food for your soul."
Chris loved watching his mother in the kitchen  create all types of scrumptious dishes. He has worked in kitchens cooking since he was 13, all over the Florida panhandle, Okaloosa county, Pensacola, and Destin, FL. >From private country clubs to McGuire's Pub to TGIFridays to Waffle House. He learned as many varieties of cooking as he could. After two years in college, he decided he wanted to take his culinary passion to the next level, so he went to the Orlando Culinary Academy, a Le Cordon Bleu school. "I have a passion for culinary and helping healing and reaching people through food." He was particularly fond of the team spirit and fast-paced environment that went along with working in the kitchen. Upon graduating, he interned at for the St. Peteresburg Rays baseball team, while putting on large banquets at the convention centers. Chris eventually came to Alaska when he was offered the "job of a lifetime" in Valdez, and he has been in Alaska sharing his passion for culinary arts and helping others ever since!

Michelangelo Canale
Straight from New Orleans!

Michelangelo Canale is a second generation Sicilian, born in New Orleans, and grew up in New Orleans catching and sucking the heads of crawfish as soon as he was old enough to hold one. He was reared on "red gravy", "barbeque shrimp,", po-boys and Coca-Cola, gumbo, etoufée, stuffed artichokes, among other fabulous weird things. Although considered a chef by many, he is not a chef, nor does he claim to be. He started working in the restaurant industry at the famous Villa D'Este (now Piero's) restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada as a busboy trainee under Chef Joseph Pignatello. That experience landed him a job on Las Vegas Boulevard as a busboy, then prep cook, then line cook. Fast and furious as an eggman, and with the assistance of a great hostess and manager, Michelangelo holds the record for the most eggs and omelet orders pushed through a restaurant by a five man line in an eight-hour shift at the Peppermill Restaurant: 1,400 orders! He eventually landed at the Las Vegas Hilton after meeting and cooking for the Executive Chefs and Sous Chef. He soon became in demand among all of the Las Vegas Hilton restaurants, and other areas of the hotel such as the sports book, pastry shop, butcher shop, room service, garmache, Andiamo, and corps kitchen. Even though the chef of every restaurant in the Hilton recruited him, he remained under the wing of Executive Chef George Ziros. After working in every culinary facet of the Hotel, the Executives refused to let him leave their side, not because he was a good cook, but because they thought he was a lot of fun to have around the kitchen. Michelangelo left the Las Vegas Hilton on great terms to pursue a different career. After almost twenty years, he stepped back into the kitchen and worked under Chef Mick Hug for one summer at Mick's Grill in Anchorage. He learned a great deal under Chef Hug and it was a great experience. Michelangelo still enjoys cooking and making a big mess in the kitchen for his wife, Farah.  

Evan Budd
The Local Wild Card!

Evan Budd is renowned among peers for his culinary innovation and respect for food. Evan started his culinary adventures early in life helping his mother prepare her weekly Filipino Chicken Adobo. Evan refined his cooking techniques on the night shift while serving as Non-Commisioned Officer in Charge, Crew Cuisine, and Mission Crew Commander Technician for the 176th Air Defense Squadron. Born and raised in Anchorage, Evan seeks to incorporate local food into classic Filipino dishes in honor of his culinary origins.

Tickets $40  |  Space is limited!
907.433.8603 | www.thechildrenslunchbox.org

Make a difference in a child's life, & join us June 9, at 5pm, Cafe Amsterdam. Bring your friends, vote for your favorite! 

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