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Chef Gordon Ramsay vs. Aunt Lisa

I recently had the hottest ticket in town - I was invited to the Chef 's Challenge: The Ultimate Battle for a Cure, featuring celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and in support of women's cancers at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

More than $1 million was raised, in part by more than 100 self-proclaimed foodies, all vying to be one of the top 50 fundraisers and earning the right to cook with Chef Ramsay himself.

My Aunt Lisa Satterthwaite became one of those lucky individuals by raising a whopping $9,316!

These 50 fundraiser chefs were divided into five groups of 10 each led by a celebrity Canadian chef, including Lynn Crawford, Mark McEwan, Massimo Capra, David Rocco and Jamie Kennedy. They spent the day with the chefs, learning, preparing and cooking.

Under the pressure - or maybe just the stage lights - Lisa ran into some trouble when the olive oil she was heating ignited causing a huge fire in her pan. Chef Ramsay stepped in, grabbed the pan and heroically threw it in a plastic garbage can (which of course, melted). She immediately earned the nickname Smokey and made it into the highlight reel that was played for guests like me.

When the guests arrived, the challenge was on, with each team preparing three courses for the judges - on stage, in front of 400 people. The pressure was on, but Team Crawford - Lisa's team - now has the bragging rights of winning the first-ever cooking challenge for a cure.

It was a great event, and an out-of-the-box fundraiser that I think will become a signature event for Mount Sinai.

Lindsay Satterthwaite
Communications Officer, Toronto District School Board

Chef Gordon Ramsay
Lindsay Satterthwaite, Chef Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Satterthwaite

Team Crawford
Go Team Crawford!

Lisa on stage with her trophy

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