Competition Stirs the Pot with Top Chef Reconcile

New Orleans chefs are a highly competitive group and paired with a worthy cause, you’ll see the best emerge, lending their time and talents. Harnessing the energy of our chefs and notable community leaders, the concept for the inaugural “Top Chef Reconcile” fundraiser was developed to bring together attendees across various industries.

During the event, Sunday, October 8, 2017, 5-9 p.m., Café Reconcile will host six teams of two cooks and one professional chef. Using a mystery ingredient, the teams will create a unique dish in an effort to not only impress the judges, but also tempt the taste buds of the crowd for the “fan favorite” title. The teams will be judged on presentation, taste, incorporation of the mystery ingredient and most importantly, how much money they raise for Café Reconcile.

“I am honored to play a part in raising funds and awareness for Café Reconcile,” said Michael Gulotta, chef/owner of Maypop and MoPho Restaurants. “I have always supported their mission and do believe it makes a difference. Plus, there is no better way to bring some excitement to fund raising than a little friendly competition and I’m sure having two local cooks on my team will garner us some favor with the judges and attendees.”

Dickie Brennan, owner of Dickie Brennan & Co., will serve as a celebrity judge for the event and has a strong history with Café Reconcile, as he’s hired graduates of their restaurant program.

“Café Reconcile provides an opportunity for at-risk youth to experience the rewards of working in the restaurant and hospitality industry,” said Brennan. “I’m grateful for the chance to participant as a judge and for those competitors who are using their influence to encourage others to give to this worthy cause.”

Café Reconcile transforms the lives of young adults and the community through the ministry of reconciliation. This mission is accomplished by encouraging personal growth, providing workforce development and training, promoting entrepreneurship, working with businesses, nonprofits and people of faith to support this transformation, and building strong communities through community economic development.

“I didn’t hesitate to agree to compete in the first Top Chef Reconcile,” said Wendy Waren, VP of Communications, Louisiana Restaurant Association. “To support young people as they aspire to improve their lives is truly rewarding and the hospitality industry offers so many opportunities for them to succeed.”

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board has generously agreed to sponsor the event.

Tickets for General Admission beginning at 6:30pm are available now at $50 per person. VIP Patron tickets sold at $100 per person will include 5pm premiere admission to the judging and first access to the tastings prepared by the competition teams, as well as all other tastings and features available to General Admission ticket holders. To purchase tickets or make a donation to support your favorite team, visit