Last night I had the chance to fulfill other of my dreams while supporting a great cause, Florida Hospital Foundation invited me to be part of the 2013 Gourmet Soiree, Dining to a Healthy 100. What an evening many people gathering, renowned chefs, local foodie fans and Florida Hospital executives all holding hands for a great cause while learning the importance of eating healthy and using fresh products.
Gourmet Soiree is an interactive dinner demonstrating how exciting healthy cooking can be. This unique event with live and silent auctions, fabulous meal prepared by Orlando local top chefs and their guests at each table. I shared table with fellow foodie bloggers and Chef Jason Schofield from Wolfies Orlando, great person and very knowledgeable on fresh and locally sourced ingredients. He gave us many cooking tips including the fact that herbs have an aroma as a mechanism of defense, who would know. He prepared for us homemade chimichurri with his secret recipe alongside beef dressed with onions and roasted tomatoes and tasty chicken infused with lemon juice and lemongrass.
The dream come true was to meet humble Chef Robert Irvine, a renowned Food Network TV celebrity that has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. Chef Irvine is also host of the hit series Restaurant: Impossible and has previously been seen on Dinner: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America and The Next Iron Chef all my favorite programs.
I had the chance to chat for few minutes with him and learned about his interest in helping children suffering from terminal illnesses such as cancer and changing the lives of so many people helping business owners having successful restaurants. Irvine is also the author of two cookbooks: “Mission: Cook!” and “Impossible to Easy” which one of these was personally autographed for me. He told me he’s the owner of two restaurants: Robert Irvine’s eat! in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Robert Irvine’s nosh in Bluffton, South Carolina, I see a trip to the Carolina’s on my future!