Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Food Network Hottie Headlines World Festival

Nigella Lawson of "Food Network" fame.

Art Smith's annual World Festival hits the holy grail with its celebrity lineup this year.

As the signature event of his nonprofit organization Common Threads, it features some of the country's most celebrated chefs, who will serve their versions of global cuisine for more than 500 guests during a walk-around tasting at Soldier Field on March 1.

Among the celeb chefs: Food Network stars Ingrid Hoffmann, Nigella Lawson and Ming Tsai as well as "Top Chef" season 4 winner Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat).

A number of local, high-profile chefs will also be in attendance, including Curtis Duffy, Avenues at the Peninsula; Graham Elliot Bowles, graham elliot; Koren Grieveson, avec; Kevin Hickey, Seasons, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago; Giuseppe Tentori, BOKA; and Matthias Merges and Della Gossett, Charlie Trotter’s.

World Festival happens 6-9pm March 1; $250 general admission, $500 for VIP (for those who want to mingle with the chefs at an after-party at the James Hotel).

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