Cooking Well Invitational
Registration is now open for the Cooking Well Invitational!
Come watch 10 Gold Apple hospital chef and dietary teams compete for a chance to be named the Cooking Well Invitational winner. Celebrity chef and Restaurant Impossible star Chef Robert Irvine will emcee this one-day culinary competition and trade show. Be sure to mark your calendars for this intense yet educational event!
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Registration is now open for the Demo Impossible with Chefs Irvine and Woods
Celebrity chefs Robert Irvine and Marvin Woods will mix it up in the kitchen during Demo Impossible, a special pre-event to the Cooking Well Invitational on the evening of July 25 at the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Palmer Campus in downtown Charleston. These two famous chefs will challenge one another and collaborate to create dishes that are as healthy as they are delicious. VIP tickets to Demo Impossible are limited and cost $125 per person. General admission tickets can be purchased for $50.
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10 Gold Apple Hospitals
- Providence Hospital
- Providence Hospital Northeast
Chef Robert Irvine
With more than 25 years in the culinary profession, Chef Robert Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. Robert brings his experience to Food Network as host of Restaurant: Impossible, and has been previously seen on Dinner: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America.
In its fifth season, Restaurant: Impossible continues its successful run as one of the network’s most popular shows, where Robert attempts to save America’s most desperate restaurants from impending failure in just two days with only $10,000. Over the course of each extreme mission, Robert assesses all of the restaurant’s facets and then overhauls its weakest spots with updates to menus, retraining staff and implementing aesthetic changes with the help of his design team, before hitting the streets to tell the community about the improved restaurant.
native of England, Robert joined the British Royal Navy at the age of 15 and his skills in the kitchen soon came to the attention of his superiors. As part of his service for the Royal Navy, Robert was selected to work on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, where the royal family and their entourages regularly dined. During his time training U.S. Navy chefs as part of a guest chef program, Robert worked in the White House kitchens and his creations were served to high-ranking government officials. During his career, he has also had the opportunity to serve 6,000 servicemen and women on a U.S. aircraft carrier and plan the menu for a celebrity-studded after-party at the Academy Awards. Robert is the author of two cookbooks, Mission: Cook! (Harper Collins, 2007) and Impossible to Easy (Harper Collins, 2010).
Robert was previously on The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, where he competed against an all-star caliber group of chefs, including Anne Burrell, Michael Chiarello, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli, Chuck Hughes, Beau MacMillan, Spike Mendelsohn, Marcus Samuelsson and Geoffrey Zakarian, for the title of The Next Iron Chef.
Chef Marvin Woods
Chef Marvin Woods is an Emmy® Award-nominated television host, celebrity chef and author of cookbooks, Home Plate Cooking and The New Low Country. He is recognized by fans and peers alike for his infectious personality, signature bandana and wildly inventive take on food rooted in northern Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the United States Low Country. His healthy approach to simple, affordable cooking has been regularly featured in national publications, including O Magazine, Food & Wine, Southern Living and many more.
Chef Marvin was recently chosen as the first chef to kick off Michelle Obama's Let's Move! cooking series to help busy families create nutritious and affordable meals. For more than seven years, Chef Marvin has been traveling the country educating and motivating kids and parents through his program, Droppin' Knowledge with Chef Marvin Woods. This national program focuses on positive ways to reduce childhood obesity and other children's health issues.
Traveling internationally for appearances and cooking demonstrations, Chef Marvin consistently draws large audiences. He has served as guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City, been featured as a celebrity chef at The Pillsbury Bake Off, the Miami Wine & Food Festival, Charlotte Shout, and selected as a judge for the nationwide Southern Living Cook Off.
A 25-year veteran in the hospitality and restaurant industry, Chef Marvin began his career at Harrah's Trump at Trump Plaza, Rockefeller Center, Seagrill, Windows on the World, Arizona 206, Café Beulah and Café Orbit. He also has led the kitchens of the Milestone Hotel in London, the Savannah Restaurant, The National Hotel in Miami, Hollywood Prime at the Westin Diplomat and M. Woods in Miami.
When Marvin took over as Executive Chef at New York's Café Beulah's, he won wide industry acclaim and caught the attention of publishers and television executives. Along with the restaurant accolades, came a book deal with William Morrow. His first effort, The New Low Country, garnered national media attention including appearances on CBS This Morning, Discovery Network and Lifetime. Publisher's Weekly proclaimed, "Woods' inventiveness makes him a chef to watch!"
In 2000, Marvin caught the attention of executives at Turner South who were looking for new talent for the newly created regional cable network. Marvin was selected to host Home Plate - the perfect vehicle to showcase his charismatic personality and lighter twist on traditional Southern cooking. Home Plate aired for four seasons and attracted more than 7.2 million viewers until the network was acquired by Fox Sports in 2006. The show inspired Chef Marvin's second successful cookbook, Home Plate Cooking (Rutledge Hill Press 2004). The book continues to sell on Amazon.com.
Chef Marvin is currently working on a line of spice blends and sauces, travels the country on behalf of the American Heart Association and other health-oriented organizations, and is actively involved in the Atlanta community where he resides with his wife and two children. For more information, please visit www.chefmarvinwoods.com and www.letsmove.gov.