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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 06: MLB baseball player Ryan Zimmerman, and celebrity chefs Tom Colicchio and Andrew Zimmern attend DC Central Kitchen's Capital Food Fight 2019 on November 06 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for DC Central Kitchen)

Series Launches on December 9 with Chef Ashley Christensen and Culinary Director Jim Burke of Wm. Mulherin’s Sons at Le Cavalier

The Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG), Chef Tyler Akin, Mayor Mike Purzycki and Delaware’s independent restaurants join the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) to announce IRC x Wilmington, a series of mission-driven dinners and experiences to benefit the neighborhood restaurant and bars across the country. IRC x Wilmington will occur from December through March with a suite of celebrity guest chefs cooking in partnership with some of Wilmington’s most esteemed independent restaurants.

The dinner series is curated by Tyler Akin, a Wilmington native, Chef-Partner of Le Cavalier at the HOTEL DU PONT and member of IRC’s board of directors.

The line-up of visiting chefs includes:

  • Jennifer Carroll – Owner of Carroll Couture Cuisine, Chef-Owner of Spice Finch, and finalist of Bravo’s “Top Chef”
  • Ashley Christensen – Owner of AC Restaurants, author of It’s Always Freezer Season, JBFA winner “Outstanding Chef”
  • Tom Colicchio – Owner of Crafted Hospitality, Host of Bravo’s “Top Chef”, five-time JBFA winner
  • Gregory Gourdet – Chef-Owner of Kann, Author of Everyone’s Table Cookbook, Finalist on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” JBFA nominee
  • Niki Russ Federman – fourth-generation co-owner of Russ & Daughters
  • Andrew Zimmern – Emmy- and four-time JBFA-winning TV personality, chef, writer

Local chef talent featured includes:

  • Tyler Akin, Chef-Partner of Le Cavalier, IRC Board Member
  • Jim Burke, Culinary Director of Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
  • Antimo DiMeo, Chef-Owner of Bardea, JBFA semifinalist
  • Dan Sheridan, Chef-Owner of Stitch House Brewery
  • Bryan Sikora, Chef-Owner of La Fia and Merchant Bar, JBFA semifinalist
  • Dwain Kalup, Chef de Cuisine at La Fia, JBFA semifinalist

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