Chefs from some of Kentucky's best restaurants, including Proof on Main, Jonathan at Gratz Park and Dudley's, will showcase their talents — and local Kentucky food — alongside a roster of celebrity chefs during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
"I think it's going to be a wonderful event," said Don Pritchard, the owner of Global Food Solutions, which is coordinating food service at the Games. He came up with the idea for "Cookin' in the Bluegrass: A Celebrity Chef Dinner Series," which will use the Kentucky Horse Park's Farmhouse Restaurant to showcase local food and local talent with some out-of-town chefs.
Other Kentucky chefs include Jeremy Ashby of Azur in Lexington, Edward K. Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville and Paul Weckman of Otto's in Covington. The celebrity chef lineup was announced late last year and includes John Besh of New Orleans and Christopher Lee of New York.
The series is a collaboration among the World Games Foundation, the Horse Park Foundation and the James Beard Foundation in New York, which champions American cuisine. It's being sponsored by Kentucky Proud, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's local products showcase.
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"The opportunity to go from farm to table with local products just seemed to be a natural fit," Pritchard said.
Susan Ungaro, the James Beard Foundation president, came to Kentucky on Thursday for the announcement.
She said the World Games will be a historic moment for the United States. "For us to be able to celebrate the equestrian world with the epicurean world is a win-win situation," she said.
Jonathan Lundy, the chef and owner of Jonathan at Gratz Park, said the event will showcase Kentucky's emerging culinary scene.
"It's very strong, and this will give us national and international exposure," he said.
The dinners will take place Sept. 25 to 0ct. 10. Tickets for the dinners will be available for purchase in February at www.alltechfeigames.com.