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Heat, Meat, Sweet & Eat: The Great Chefs of LA 2009

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Written with the assistance of LAist's Entertainment Editor Elise Thompson

Last Sunday the backlot of CBS Radford Studios in Studio City was filled with some of the biggest names...in food. The 23rd Annual Great Chefs of LA was indeed the promised food and drink filled afternoon of music, swag bags, and auctions, all to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California. Hosted by comedian and TV star George Lopez, the event drew some celebs (so we hear!) from entertainment and lots of food talent (so we ate!).

The Chefs of Honor Neal Fraser (LAist Interview) and Mary Sue Milliken (LAist Interview: Border Grill Truck) kept their fellow chefs in check and the auction dollars coming in during brief appearances on stage in the midst of all the feeding frenzy. Actually, it wasn't a frenzied event, but once again, like at great food events gone before (LA Mag, AWFF, and last year's GCLA) the battle is always between your eyes and your stomach. LAist took a divide and conquer strategy so that we could cover the bases with our appetites and cameras.