Top female chefs to cook dinner together March 13

shannoncollinsShannon Collins, day chef at Azur Restaurant, was one of many people who were offended when a Time ­magazine article last fall neglected to include any female chefs as “gods of food.” (Four women were on the list of 13, but none was a chef.) Collins decided to plan an event that would showcase the talents of six of Central Kentucky’s top female chefs.
“In this male-dominated profession, women are often overlooked. We need to take up our space,” Collins said.
The dinner, at 6 p.m. March 13 at Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will ­benefit Susan G. Komen. Tickets are $85. Call (859) 296-1007 or email info@azurrestaurant.com.
Collins will serve grilled tenderloin of bison with red wine-almond mole and sweet potato-apple hash.
The other chefs and what they will prepare are: Amy Harris, sous chef at Jonathan at Gratz Park, pan-seared ­scallop with apple-golden raisin compote and blackberry-pomegranate coulis; Ranada West-Riley, chef/owner of The Lexington Diner, masala of ­curried chickpeas with spinach, braised carrots and new potatoes in coconut milk curry with jasmine rice; Vanessa Wilhite, chef/manager at Gigi’s Cupcakes, spiced airline quail breast with warm quinoa salad over ­cauliflower bisteche with saffron jus and roasted red grapes; Ouita Michel, chef/owner Holly Hill Inn, rolled grouper roasted in sorghum brown butter with Woodford Reserve gastrique over white beans, Benton’s bacon, shaved ­Brussels sprouts and caramelized onions; and Toa Green, chef/owner of Thai Orchid Café, strawberry balsamic sorbet with bubbly prosecco, lemon sea salt and ginger-sorghum pizzelle.

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