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Less than two weeks until Bobby Flay touches down for the second annual Chef’s Challenge cancer fundraiser

Bobby Flay, the Iron Chef star famous for his devotion to the grill, will be heading north this November to host the second annual Chef’s Challenge: The Ultimate Battle for a Cure next week. Last year, under the supervision of the infamously potty-mouthed Gordon Ramsay, the event raised a whopping $1.1 million for Mount Sinai Hospital’s ovarian and breast cancer research. This year, their goal is simple: surpass last year’s total (with less swearing, presumably).

The challenge itself is on November 26, but the fundraisers have been on the job since the summer to raise the minimum of $2,500 required to attend the event, which will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The 60 people who raise the most money will be broken up into six groups, each led by a celebrity chef, and will get to help make a five-course meal that will be judged by a panel led by Flay. As the top 60 fundraisers cook their hearts out, the rest of the fundraisers in attendance will get to enjoy watching the culinary battle while dining on a five-course meal conceived of by Flay.

This year’s celebrity chefs include Mark McEwan, Chuck Hughes (who actually bested Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America earlier this year), Massimo Capra (of Mistura), Bitchin’ Kitchen’s Nadia Giosia and Lynn Crawford, who was last year’s Chef’s Challenge winner. With less than two weeks left until the event (the fundraising deadline is November 24), it’s still not too late to throw your apron in the ring, although new entrants are unlikely to best the top fundraiser, Karen Fonn, who has nearly achieved her goal of raising $30,000.


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