Top Chef’s Better Angels: Alumni Take to Instagram for No Kid Hungry

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Some of Top Chef’s most successful contestants join Gail Simmons and Marcus Samuelsson in a fun competition to help raise money for No Kid Hungry.

As Top Chef All Stars LA kicks into gear, some of the show’s most well-known alumni have joined forces to cook for a cause. Led by Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard, chefs are taking to Instagram to compete for the benefit of No Kid Hungry, an organization whose importance has grown exponentially as more and more children continue to lose access to school-based meals.

If it’s said one should make lemonade when given lemons, the likes of Joe Flamm, Brooke Williamson, Gregory Gourdet, Kristen Kish, and Spike Mendelsohn will join Izard for the virtual competition, limited only by what’s available in their own kitchen.

What will these chefs create with this #PantryGoFish event? While it might not be a Top Chef quickfire, these chefs will definitely be up to the challenge.

Not only will the chefs invite fans into their homes to enjoy the cook-offs via their Instagram stories, but the competition will also be interactive, with viewers taking their seats at Judges’ Table and determining the winners.

Anyone who’s ever watched Top Chef has heard the phrase “you eat with your eyes”, so weighing in virtually will require fans to do exactly that. What could be better than bringing awareness to and raising money for No Kid Hungry, “eating” what will inevitably be some great creations, and still not putting on a single pound in the process?!

To help Stephanie Izard and her Top Chef friends make a difference in the lives of millions of children who desperately need to be fed, please visit

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What two pantry ingredients would you like to see the chefs use during these virtual cookoffs?