Haute Event: The Emperor’s Banquet

(Chef's for the Emperor's Banquet)

In September 25th, The Emperor’s Banquet was held at  Chelsea Pier 60 as the culmination of a global competition of the finest chefs of Chinese Cuisine from around the world.

A lavish Ten course feast was served including a combination of the finest of Imperial China and the delicious delectables of 21st century America.

Over forty top chefs, from numerous countries competed for two days in the heart of Times Square and   the winning chefs, in five distinctive regional cuisines, prepared the banquet’s extraordinary meal.

(Art Benvenuto, Anne Akers, Kerry Kennedy, Gail Rachlin, Dr. Jingduan Yang, Kean Wong)

Hosted by Food Networks star Marc Summers, the banquet also featured a Han Couture fashion show where beautiful Chinese models in 500 year old exquisite dresses wowed the crowd. A performance by violinist Corin Lee earned a standing ovation from the audience while swordplay master Long Fei, had a few fluttering hearts as he demonstrated some might sword slashing A special presentation during the evening was made to Kerry Kennedy, President of The RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights with the mission of advancing human rights.

Han Couture

In addiation to the fest, guests enjoyed an Emperor’s Vodka ice luge, Atlantico Rum Mojitos,  Villa Magnolia sponsored by Domodimonti Wines and Black River Caviar.

Notable attedees included . Patrick Harvey and Catherine Saxton, co-chairs of the event, Zhong Lee, chairman of NTD,Samuel Zhou, VP of PR and Development, Pia Maria and Stephen Norris, Bob and Paula Butler, Dick and Donna Soloway, Ava Roosevelt, Jane Holzer, Tim Gannon and Jamie Figg.