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Chefs Are The New Jocks: 25 All-Stars To Cook At AEG Restaurant Stadium

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It's been said that food is the new rock, but is food the new sport? If the upcoming All-Star Chef Classic at L.A. Live is any indicator, then yeah, it sure is.

The event will feature 25 highly acclaimed chefs from around the globe from March 21-23, and will include a 250-person “French Masters” five course dinner in the "restaurant stadium" setting. The event's organizers Krissy Lefebvre and Lucy Lean have partnered with AEG to make it all happen.

Chefs on the roster include Iñaki Aizpitarte, Roy Choi, Michael Cimarusti, Josiah Citrin, Dominique Crenn, Vinny Dotolo, Wylie Dufresne, Graham Elliot, Jennifer Jasinski, Gavin Kaysen, Ludo Lefebvre, David LeFevre, Donald Link, Waylynn Lucas, Marc Meneau, David Myers, Nancy Oakes, Alain Passard, Naomi Pomeroy, Paul Qui, Alex Seidel, Jon Shook, Nancy Silverton, and Ricardo Zarate.

According to Lefebvre and Lean, "Restaurant Stadium with the lights, screens, cameras and the action taking place in the center of the round, as the chefs cook has never been done before... it's about tapping into LA as the entertainment capital of the world and placing the chefs at the center of the action."

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The format of a stadium is meant to be a larger-than-life replication of the open kitchens and chef's counters that have become so trendy as of late. With the stadium seating, everyone is essentially at the chef's table with a view of the kitchen. It sort of sounds like Iron Chef America meets NBA All-Star Weekend.

This may well be the only sporting event where being a butterfingers is a good thing.