For one night, they'll be the Davids and Goliaths of the culinary world, in this case working together against other challengers.
Save the date, June 17, for the second annual Big Chef/Little Chef fundraiser to benefit Louie's Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.
The event attracts big-name Charleston chefs, including Craig Deihl of Cypress, Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill, Marc Collins of Circa 1886, Mike Lata of FIG, Sean Brock of McCrady's, Nico Romo of Fish and Fred Neuville of Fat Hen. Each one is paired with a "little" chef, all Louie's Kids participants, and their task is to create the best dish of the evening a la "Iron Chef."
"Our primary goal for this event is to teach Louie's Kids program participants that local ingredients paired with healthy preparations can make cooking both delicious and fun," says Louie's Kids founder Louis Yuhasz.
The event, 6:30-9 p.m., is designed to be fun for guests as well. Lowndes Grove Plantation is the setting, and Hank Futch of the Blue Dogs will perform.
Samples of the dishes will be offered to guests, who will weigh in on favorites, and to celebrity judges, who will choose winners. Judges include Emmy Award-nominated television host, chef and author Marvin Woods along with "The Biggest Loser: Season 6" finalists Heba Salama and Ed Brantley.
Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door (beer and wine included). Visit www.louieskids.org to purchase tickets or for information.