Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Reality stars on a roll

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Michael Laungani from "The Apprentice: Season 5"

They've already showcased their skills of brain and brawn on such high-rated shows as "The Apprentice," "Big Brother" and "Survivor." Now, they're testing just how creative they can be in the kitchen as they design new sushi rolls in order to raise money for a good cause.

Tonight, the Glenview RA Sushi hosts "RA Reality," and four reality television stars have transformed into top sushi chefs. The winning roll will then be available in December at all three Chicagoland RA Sushi locations (Chicago, Glenview and Lombard) with a to-be-determined percentage of the proceeds donated to the winning reality star's charity of choice.

James Rhine of season 6 of "Big Brother" aligned himself with Immerman Angels to create a roll called Big Angel; "Survivor Fiji's" Mookie Lee is benefiting his own charity Active Chicago with the Ravu Roll; while Season 5 "Apprentice" alum Michael Laungani has cooked up The Orchid on behalf of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Illinois; and Jamie Murray of "The Real World New Orleans" developed the Uber Uber Roll for La Rabida Children's Hospital.

The reality stars' rolls will be judged by a panel of media insiders and guests in attendance on the most innovative name, ingredients, presentation, and most importantly the taste. The winning roll will then be featured on its own special menu with a photograph of the reality star who created it.

The event occurs tonight 5:30-7:30pm at the Glenview location, 2601 Aviator Lane, but you'll be able to get the winning roll at all locations: 1139 N. State St., 312-274-0011 in the city or at The Shops on Butterfield in the Yorktown Center, Lombard (310 Yorktown Center, 630-627-6800).


Jamie Murray (The Real World: New Orleans)
Sushi Roll Name: Uber Uber Roll
Charity: La Rabida Children's Hospital
Recipe: Tuna, Avocado, Cucumber, Salmon, Cream Cheese, Sesame Seeds, Shrimp Tempura, Mayo, and Dash of Chalula Hot Sauce

Michael Laungani (The Apprentice, Season 5)
Sushi Roll Name: The Orchid
Charity: Make A Wish Foundation of Illinois
Recipe: Lobster, Yellowtail, Fresh strawberry, Cucumber, Avocado, Tempura Crunch, Mint, Light Wasabi Mayo

James Rhine (Big Brother, Season 6)
Sushi Roll Name: Big Angel Roll
Charity: Imerman Angels
Recipe: Tuna Avocado, Sliced Almonds, Topped with thin slices of strawberry, and drizzled with sweet eel sauce

Mookie Lee (Survivor Fiji)
Sushi Roll: Ravu Roll
Charity: Active Chicago
Recipe: White Tuna, Spicy Salmon, Unagi, Scallion, Avocado, Cucumber, Topped with tempura crunchies, and drizzled with eel sauce & wasabi mayo

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