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By Culturekiosque Staff

NEW YORK, 9 September 2005 — Chefs for Humanity, a new nonprofit organization founded by Cat Cora, the first female Iron Chef on the American television cable Food Network's Iron Chef America, will presents its inaugural event with the Jackets off our Backs eBay auction from 12 - 21 September 2005.

Nearly two dozen world-famous chefs, including 10 celebrity chefs from the Food Network, have donated autographed jackets for the auction. The jackets will be auctioned on eBay for 10 days, with the proceeds benefiting UNICEF, the world's leading children's relief organization.

"So many children and families in this world are hungry every day," Cora said in a statement to the press. "They don't have proper food, adequate nutrition, and in many instances the infrastructure in place to make their lives better. We have to help. As someone who has made a living with food, I had to help. That is why I founded Chefs for Humanity."

Auction participants include: Food Network's Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Gale Gand, Emeril Lagasse, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Sara Moulton, Rachael Ray, and Ming Tsai.

Other chefs include: Charlie Ayers, former chef for the Grateful Dead and current chef for Google; Rick Bayless, owner of Frontera Grill and Topolobampa in Chicago and host of PBS' Mexico -- One Plate at a Time; David Burke, executive chef at New York's The River Cafe and Park Avenue Cafe; Todd English, who stars on the PBS reality show Cooking Under Fire; Elizabeth Faulkner, executive pastry chef and managing partner of San Francisco's Citizen Cake patisserie restaurant bar; Mark Franz, executive chef and co- owner of San Francisco's Farallon Restaurant; Thomas Keller, owner of Napa Valley's French Laundry, Las Vegas' Bouchon and New York's Per Se; Emily Luchetti, pastry chef at Farallon Restaurant; Nancy Oaks, owner of San Francisco's Boulevard; Jacques Pepin, one of America's best-known TV chefs who has hosted the acclaimed PBS series Today's Gourmet; Art Smith, Oprah's personal chef; Rick Tramonto, executive chef at Chicago's TRU Restaurant; and Norman Van Aken, owner of Norman's in Miami, Orlando and Los Angeles.

Chefs for Humanity is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives impacted by hunger and tragedy. Founded in 2004 by chefs Cat Cora and Patrick McDonnell, Chefs for Humanity's coalition of leading culinary professionals responds when disaster aid and hunger relief are needed around the world. For more information, visit


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