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Iron Chef Morimoto and Top Chef’s Joe Flamm to feature in inaugural Orlando Wine Festival and Auction

by Seth Kubersky

The Orlando Magic recently announced the first chefs to be featured at the team’s inaugural Orlando Wine Festival and Auction on March 15-17, including Iron Chef Morimoto, Top Chef Season 15 Winner Joe Flamm, Disney’s Scott Hunnel and several James Beard Award-winners.

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Top Chef season 15 champion Joe Flamm joins Morimoto and Art Smith at the Orlando Magic’s first Orlando Wine Festival and Auction fundraiser on March 15-17, 2019.

The inaugural Orlando Wine Festival and Auction on March 15-17, 2019 at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes will benefit the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF), and feature a large cast of award-winning chefs, according to Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins.

The first chefs confirmed to take part in the fundraising weekend include Chef Akshay Bhardwaj – Executive Chef at Michelin star Junoon; Chef Joe Flamm – winner of Bravo TV’s Top Chef Season 15 and Executive Chef at Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia; Chef Kevin Fonzo – formerly of K Restaurant/now private chef; Chef Scott Hunnel –Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; Chef Tony Mantuano – James Beard Award winner and chef-partner at Michelin star restaurant Spiaggia in Chicago along with Café Spiaggia, River Roast and Terralina Crafted Italian located in Disney Springs; Chef Brandon McGlamery – Chef/Partner Luma on Park, Prato, Luke’s Kitchen and Bar; Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto; Chefs James and Julie Petrakis – The Ravenous Pig; Chef Justin Plank – Executive Chef at Terralina Crafted Italian; Chef Steve Richard – Executive Chef at Paddlefish; and Chef Art Smith – James Beard Award Winner.

Chef Morimoto

Chef Morimoto

Each of the chefs will prepare signature dishes at the exclusive vintner dinners around Central Florida on Fri., March 15 and craft culinary creations for guests at the festival on Sat., March 16.

“The Orlando Magic are thrilled to announce these initial 12 award-winning chefs as the first commitments to participate in our Inaugural Orlando Wine Festival and Auction,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “We are so excited that they will be sharing their culinary talents with all of our guests while helping a very worthy cause, at-risk youth in Central Florida. The weekend promises to be one not soon forgotten.”

Chef Art Smith

Chef Art Smith

The debut of the Magic’s signature fundraiser for the OMYF will include a wine festival, live and e-auctions and culminate with an Orlando Magic game. The weekend of events is set to feature exclusive vintner dinners, an outdoor festival featuring live music, live auction displays, local and celebrity chefs, wineries, and food pavilions, along with Magic players and coaches. Each guest will also receive an invitation to the OMYF grant ceremony, where all funds from the Orlando Wine Festival and Auction will be distributed to local nonprofit organizations.

Chef Scott Hunnel

Chef Scott Hunnel

For more information on the Orlando Magic’s Orlando Wine Festival and Auction or to purchase packages, please visit www.wineauctionorlando.com.

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