Culinary Fight Night

I photographed chefs Chapin Vilasineekul and Clarence Ridgley duke it out in the ring for over 200 spectators during the Culinary Fight Night event at Park Tavern in Midtown for the Midtown Patch newspaper on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. The chefs and their teams each prepared a three course meal for six celebrity judges including chef Delroy Christian, Ginny McCormack, 11 Alive television personality Nina Brown, Terry Dwyer, winner of the last edition of CFN, David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives and Gyantt, a celebrity blogger and BET contributor. The event was hosted by Jason Ellis of Hell’s Kitchen, as well as Culinary Fight Night’s resident host, Andrew Hammond of Cox Radio. This edition of CFN raised money for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership and the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency. These are my favorite images from the bout.

Boxing gloves decorate the tables as Brittany Mitchell-El waits for the start of Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

The Culinary Fight Night championship belt lays in the ring before the start of the event at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Rachel Smith serves champagne during the Culinary Fight Night event at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chef Tiffany Hill sharpens knives before the start of Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chef Jason Ellis, left, from the television series Hell's Kitchen, talks with the six celebritiy judges for Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chef Chapin Vilasineekul, center, and his team Shelly Cortes, left, and Gary Kanevsky, right, prepare for the appetizer challenge during the Culinary Fight Night event at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chef Chapin Vilasineekul prepares steak for the appetizer challenge of Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chef Chapin Vilasineekul prepares steak for the appetizer challenge of Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chef Clarence Ridgley cooks scallops in a pan during Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chef J. Scott pours sauce on top of the appetizer course for the red team during Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Reshanda Seymour, left, and Nicole Mitchell take a break from pouring perfect peach cocktails during the Culinary Fight Night event at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Judge Terry Dwyer prepares to try the apptizer course during the Culinary Fight Night event at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

 

Judge Nina Brown, center, tries the appetizers during the Culinary Fight Night event at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Appetizers are plated for the judges during Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

The Culinary Fight Night scorecard lays on the judges' table at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Over 200 spectators came out to Park Tavern to participate in the Culinary Fight Night event on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chloe Leaaetoa holds the entree challenge sign as she walks around the ring at Park Tavern during Culinary Fight Night on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chef Shelly Cortes works on shedding corn during Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chef J. Scott loads a pan with carrots as he prepares for the entree challenge of Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chef J. Scott flips carrots as they sautee in a pan during the entree challenge for Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Fish grills on blocks of salt during Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Plates of steak over beds of vegetables sit ready to serve to the judges during the entree challenge of Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chef Chapin Vilasineekul starts to plate the entree challenge of Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chef Chapin Vilasineekul, right, works to plate the entree challenge for Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern with his team Gary Kanevsky and Shelly Cortes on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Abby Gerardo, right, talks with Joe Schaber and Dawn Lewis during Culinary Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Flames burst from a pan as Chef Chapin Vilasineekul puts the finishing touches on the desert challenge for the Culinary Fight Night event at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Celebrity judge Ginny McCormack fills out her score card after eating the appetizer challenge during Celebrity Fight Night at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

 

Chef Clarence Ridgley holds up the Culinary Fight Night championship belt after defeating Chef Chapin Vilasineekul during the event at Park Tavern on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

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