The Autism Speaks Biennial Chef Gala will be held Virtually on Saturday, March 13. The evening will begin with a VIP Pre-party followed by our virtual program. During our virtual program, our Chef Partners will do a virtual cooking demonstration of courses that have been inspired by local children on the autism spectrum. Participants will cook along with our chefs to create these delicious meals from the comfort of their own home.

Autism Speaks Culinary Cares Fund

Ten percent (10%) of net funds raised this year at all Autism Speaks chef events nationwide will support the newly created Autism Speaks Culinary Cares Fund. This fund provides $500 relief grants to culinary industry employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with demonstrated need who have autism or another intellectual or developmental disability, or who care for someone who does. In addition to the relief grants, applicants on the spectrum will be the first to have access to our newly developed coaching platform, which provides individualized support, professional development, upskilling and more.

What Drives Us

Today 1 in 54 children in the US is diagnosed with autism.*

What Makes Us Unique

Autism Speaks' effort fuel innovative research and critical lifelong supports and services.

How We Help

Autism Speaks has funded nearly $150M, primarily in scientific grants, resulting in an additional $396M of publicly-sourced autism-related funding.

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prevalence estimates are for 4 years prior to the report date (e.g. 2016 figures are from 2012)