Cleveland, OH - Northeast Ohio’s premier food and wine event – Five Star Sensation – features more than 50 acclaimed chefs and vintners from around the world. Michael Symon, renowned Iron Chef, author and Cleveland restaurant owner, leads this year’s Five Star Sensation as the event’s Host Chef.
Five Star Sensation, Cleveland’s most celebrated benefit, has raised more than $20 million for University Hospitals (UH) Seidman Cancer Center since the event began in 1987. Tickets are now available for this extraordinary celebration of food and wine to be held Saturday, June 15, at Cuyahoga Community College in Highland Hills, OH. The evening includes music, a silent auction, and more.
This marks Symon’s third time as Host Chef. A Cleveland native with acclaimed restaurants Lola and Mabel’s BBQ in Cleveland, Roast in Detroit, Angeline in Atlantic City and several locations of B Spot Burgers throughout the Midwest, Symon is renowned in the culinary world. “I am thrilled for my continued participation in this culinary extravaganza in my hometown benefitting University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center,” said Symon. “It raises vital funds for such an important cause in our community, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as Host Chef of this truly sensational evening.”
This year’s Honorary Chair is Theodoros Teknos, MD, President and Scientific Director of UH Seidman Cancer Center. “Thanks to the generosity of our Five Star Sensation guests and supporters, UH continues to deliver unparalleled care to our patients and their families,” said Dr. Teknos. “From state-of-the-art innovative treatments like proton and CAR T therapy to hundreds of clinical trials, UH Seidman Cancer Center is a national leader in personalized and compassionate care.”
Event co-chairs are Kathleen Coleman and Debra Wert. Sean Richardson, President of Huntington Bank’s Great Cleveland Region, is Corporate Chair. Huntington Bank is returning for a seventh time as presenting sponsor.
Some of the celebrity chefs who will be participating include Brad Lettau and Frank Ostini (The Hitching Post, Napa, CA), Celina Tio (The Belfry, Kansas City, MO), Charles Voudrous (iPic Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA), John Alers, (Flour & Barley, Las Vegas, NV), Jonathon Sawyer (Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland, OH), Kelly English (Restaurant Iris, Memphis, TN), Sam Choy (Poke to the Max, Hawaii) and Stephen Lewandowski (Harlan Social, Miami, FL).
Funds from the benefit support UH Seidman Cancer Center physician-scientists’ innovative work to identify promising new therapies as well as community cancer screenings, cancer information services and public education programs. UH Seidman Cancer Center prides itself on multidisciplinary care, innovation in treatment and therapies, surgical expertise, survivorship programs and patient and family-centered care. UH Seidman Cancer Center is part of the National Cancer Institute – designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University – one of only 45 such centers in the country.
Higher level sponsorships and individual admissions include an invitation for Rock the Night on Friday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Five Star VIP Preview event features fare from Cleveland’s Five Star Chef Ambassadors and mingling with chefs and vintners.