Ante Up For Autism

Celebrity chefs play to win at charity poker tournament.

Poker at a casino is standard fare, but add in some celebrity chefs and the game takes on an interesting dimension. This past weekend at the Foxwoods Food and Wine Festival, Brasserie executive chef Franklin Becker knocked off chefs David Burke (New York-based davidburke & donatella), Harold Dieterle (Top Chef, Season 2) and Michael Schlow (Boston-based Radius) early in the game with his straight flush to the jack. Becker walked away a winner of the Foxwoods Celebrity Chef Poker Tournament for charity.


Franklin Becker, executive chef, New York-based Brasserie.

Chef Becker's first place purse of $15,000 will be donated to Autism Speaks, a national organization dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism.  Ming Tsai, chef and co-owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Massachusetts, came in second place, winning $10,000 for the Cam Neely Foundation and David Rabin, owner of NYC's club Lotus, won third place, donating $5,000 to New York Cares and the Innocent Project.

You can catch the action next at next year's Food & Wine Festival, which will be held at the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods, scheduled to open spring 2008.


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