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Top chefs wow at Cirque du Cuisine fundraiser amid high-flying entertainers

Top chefs wow at Cirque du Cuisine bash amid high-flying entertainers

Kim Petersen, from left, Millette Sherman and Gina Bhatia at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Kim Petersen, from left, Millette Sherman and Gina Bhatia. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Ian and Kathryn Fay, from left, and Mary and Mark D'Andrea at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Ian and Kathryn Fay, from left, and Mary and Mark D'Andrea. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Lisa and Mark Cox at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Lisa and Mark Cox. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Vanessa and Perry Sendukas at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Vanessa and Perry Sendukas. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Jay and Allie Fields at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Jay and Allie Fields. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Hao Nguyen and Katherine Le at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Hao Nguyen and Katherine Le. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Rachel and Tom Regan, from left, with Ericka Bagwell at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Rachel and Tom Regan, from left, with Ericka Bagwell. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Barbara McKnight at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Barbara McKnight. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Karen and John Bradshaw at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Karen and John Bradshaw. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Scott McClelland at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Scott McClelland. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Steve and Joella Mach at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Steve and Joella Mach. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Tim Connolly and Jan Carson at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Tim Connolly and Jan Carson. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Will and Mary Williams, from left, and Lori and Dan Wolterman at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Will and Mary Williams, from left, and Lori and Dan Wolterman. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Tracy and Valerie Dieterich at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Tracy and Valerie Dieterich. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Neal Hamil and Rosemarie Johnson at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Neal Hamil and Rosemarie Johnson. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Marcus and Heidi Smith at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Marcus and Heidi Smith. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Loran and Jein Gadson at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Loran and Jein Gadson. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Kim Petersen, from left, Millette Sherman and Gina Bhatia at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Ian and Kathryn Fay, from left, and Mary and Mark D'Andrea at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Lisa and Mark Cox at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Vanessa and Perry Sendukas at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Jay and Allie Fields at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Hao Nguyen and Katherine Le at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Rachel and Tom Regan, from left, with Ericka Bagwell at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Barbara McKnight at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Karen and John Bradshaw at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Scott McClelland at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Steve and Joella Mach at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Tim Connolly and Jan Carson at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Will and Mary Williams, from left, and Lori and Dan Wolterman at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Tracy and Valerie Dieterich at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Neal Hamil and Rosemarie Johnson at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Marcus and Heidi Smith at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014
Loran and Jein Gadson at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event October 2014

What: March of Dimes Signature Chefs "Cirque du Cuisine" benefit.

Where: Silver Street Studios.

The 411: Chefs from Max's Wine Dive, Nara, Ouisie's, Shade and Tiny Boxwood's among others joined the circus-themed fray of food and fun that raised $645,000 for March of Dimes healthy baby programs. Leading the presentation of taste sensations from 22 chefs was Culinary Honoree chef Mark Cox of Mark's American Cuisine, recognized for three decades of supporting the March of Dimes.

Cox was joined in the spotlight by Community Honoree Rosemarie Johnson, Corporate Honoree Dan Wolterman and Memorial Hermann Health System and Medical Honoree Dr. Jon Tyson, Michelle Bain Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UTHealth.

Taking top honors for best Culinary Creation in the friendly foodie competition was Triniti chef Ryan Hildebrand, winning for his potato and corn with mushrooms panna cotta and truffle pumpkin toffee. Culinaire Inspired Cuisine and Events' chef Barbara McKnight won Best Presentation for her duck on baguette French toast.

Applause, applause for chairs Mary D'Andrea and Kathy Fay and honorary chairs Faith and Lee Majors as well as auction chairs Valerie and Tracy Dieterich. Guests were entertained by an array of Cirque du Soleil style entertainers including contortionists and aerialists.

Who: Dr. Mark D'Andrea, Ian Fay, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Rosemary Schatzman, Rachel and Tom Regan, Joella and Steve Mach, Courtney Hopson and Vanessa and Perry Sendukas.

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