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An online auction to chat with food celebrities from all over the world

#AskChefsAnythingBeirut: an initiative to help the population of Beirut hit hard by the explosion of 4 August

#AskChefsAnythingBeiru is the hashtag of the digital initiative designed to raise funds for the population of Beirut. From yesterday, Thursday 10 September to Sunday 13, some of the most famous food celebrities will participate in an online auction and 'sell' their chatter to the lucky ones who will win the contest. All this will take place on the AskChefsAnything.com website, where once the auction has been won, fans will be able to speak directly for 30 minutes with some of the stars of contemporary food.

Chefs such as René Redzepi and Enrique Olvera will participate in the initiative, the food writer Anissa Helou, baker Chad Robertson, founder of the cult Tartine bakery. Celebrities also include: Ignacio Mattos , Eyal Shani , Gaggan Anand , Gail Simmons , Chad Robertson , Daniel Patterson , Laila Gohar , Wylie Dufresne , Riad Nasr , Tom Colicchio , Russ & Daughters, Einat Admony , James Lowe , Mike Solomonov , Yves Camdeborde and Philippe Massoud .

Donations will be made through the PayPal system and the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit association Beit el Baraka. "We are proposing the first international fundraiser to benefit Beit el Baraka, a non-profit, secular and apolitical organization based in Beirut that plans to repair 3,011 homes and 124 small shops and offer medical and psychological support to the inhabitants ", explain the organizers of the campaign.

The digital auction has a precedent, in fact, it was Gaeleen Quinn , founder of Q&A Hospitality consulting and of the Bogota Food & Wine Festival, who launched the #AskChefsAnything initiative for the first time. The fundraising immediately saw the support of the strategy & design consultancy company Polonsk and the proceeds were donated to migrant workers in New York restaurants, affected by the pandemic. The initiative has since taken hold in other states such as: Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle, St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Nashville and Houston. In total, $ 180,000 was raised and 165,000 meals were donated.

#AskChefsAnythingBeiru was born to lend a hand to the population of Beirut hit hard by the explosion of 4 August last. "International aid and charities are essential for Beirut and #AskChefsAnythingBeirut shows how chefs from around the world - the United States, Israel, Mexico, Egypt, India, France - intend to commit to helping Lebanese in crisis," commented the organizers .

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