Chop to it, Golden foodies!
Chef Jesus Silva of The Golden Mill is about to pit four of the metro area’s best sushi chefs against each other to help feed those fleeing their homes because of war.
Colorado Chefs for Ukraine takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. April 4 at The Golden Mill, located on Ford Street, along Golden’s beautiful Clear Creek.
The home-grown event promises to be a treat for both the eye and the palate, as talented blade-wielding chefs show off their cutting-edge knife skills.
The event benefits World Central Kitchen, an organization founded by Chef José Andrés that is among the first to the frontlines to provide meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises while working to build resilient food systems with locally-led solutions.
Silva said he and long-time friend Elan Wenzel of Element Knife Company, collaborated on the event and felt that a sushi competition was a great way to showcase not only culinary artistry but technical skills, as well.
“But there’s so much more than just the competition,” said Silva.
Chefs will demonstrate proper knife sharpening techniques and will then carve a 140-pound whole pig and a 200-pound whole tuna.
“As they cut the tuna, they will be giving out sushi handrolls for free,” he said.
Several local breweries have donated a variety of beers for the occasion, and Silva said 100% of beer sales will go to the World Central Kitchen Ukraine mission.
There’s also a raffle and a silent auction with several items donated by local businesses.
“People have just been super nice,” added Silva.
According to its website, World Central Kitchen has served more than 60 million fresh meals to people impacted by natural disasters and other crises around the world.
Through its resilience programs, the organization works to strengthen food and nutrition security by training chefs and school cooks; advancing clean cooking practices; and awarding grants to farms, fisheries and small food businesses while also providing educational and networking opportunities.
“We hope everyone can come and help,” said Silva. “People can come and just buy a beer or come and donate $10,000. We’re ready; bring your checkbook.”