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Great Chefs of L.A. Returns This Sunday for its 24th Celebration

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Last year, Drago Centro served a tasty soup-and-sandwich duo at GCLA; what will they serve this year? (Photo by Elise Thompson/LAist)


Last year, Drago Centro served a tasty soup-and-sandwich duo at GCLA; what will they serve this year? (Photo by Elise Thompson/LAist)
Now in its 24th year, the Great Chefs of L.A. is a culinary event that easily ranks as one of the best of its kind, and it is happening this Sunday from Noon to 3:30 p.m. on the lot at the CBS Radford Studios.Bringing together top tastemakers from local restaurants and bakeries, as well as some familiar faces from television's delicious food programming, the event, which follows the theme "Go Green, Go Organic," will benefit the National Kidney Foundation.

Since 1987, the annual event has raised over $4.5 million for the cause, thanks to the food-loving attendees who come out to eat, drink, and be merry.

This year's Host Chefs are Stefan Richter (of Stefan's at LA Farm and TV's "Top Chef" fame) and Candice Kumai, aka The Stiletto Chef (of TLC's "Home Made Simple"), and they will join in recognizing Chef of Honor Jimmy Shaw (of Loteria!). The Beer Chicks will be hosting a beer garden, wine and cocktails will be poured by sponsor wineries and spirits, the Border Grill Truck will be parked and serving up the eats, plus guests can groove to the live DJ and bid in the silent auction. Oh, and there's going to be lots and lots of food to sample.

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Check out this list of participating chefs/restaurants:

Adam Horton of Saddle Peak Lodge
Calogero Drago of Celestino Pasadena
Candice Kumai, The Stiletto Chef
Celestino Drago & Ian Gresik of Drago Centro
Chris Moran of Events D'Elegance
Davin Waite of Sushi Popper
Darrin Finkel of Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Giacomino Drago of Il Pastaio
Jimmy Shaw of Loteria Grill
Joan Vogel, The Shopping Cart Chef
Jonathan Burrows of Mr. Cecil's California Ribs
Jorge Gomez of La Grande Orange Café
Joseph Gillard of Napa Valley Grille
Josie Le Balch of Josie Restaurant
Manuel Medina of West Restaurant & Lounge
Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill & The Border Grill Truck
Matt Carpenter of Momed
Michael Fiorelli of mar' sel
Onil Chibás & Alberto Morales of Elements Kitchen
Roberto Maggioni of Lago
Shigefumi Tachibe of CHAYA Restaurant Group
Simon Dolinky of Blvd. 16 at Hotel Palomar
Stefan Richter & Leo Bongarra of Stefan's at L.A. Farm
Tanino Drago of Tanino Ristorante, Panzanella Ristorante & Via Alloro
Tom Fraker of Melissa's World Variety Produce
Michele Carbone of 'Friday Evening: Creating La Dolce Vita'
Charlie's Malibu
Polk a Tots Cupcakes
Larchmont Bungalow
All About The Bread

To see what we saw (and ate) last year: Heat, Meat, Sweet & Eat: The Great Chefs of LA 2009

Tickets are $150 each, and are available for purchase online. Check out GCLA on Facebook and Twitter, too, to see who is offering ticket discounts and giveaways. (Psst, we also hear that if you @reply to @GreatChefsofLA on Twitter you'll get a code for 30% off!)