The 3rd annual New Jersey Chefs Create Gala begins with passed hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails drinks served by Tito’s Vodka. Guests will be seated for tastings from area New Jersey Restaurants and Chefs. Each tasting will be inspired by one of our Junior Chefs, a local child or adult on the spectrum. The event has brought together more than 250 of New Jersey’s most affluent consumers, philanthropists and corporate executives. This year, we are thrilled to have Bradley Smith of Melvin Capital as our gala honoree.

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.

Join us for the 3rd Annual NJ Chefs Create Gala, honoring Bradley Smith. To view the sponsorship package, and learn more about becoming a sponsor, click here.

Our event wouldn't be possible without the help and support of the Gala Committee:

  • Frank Castucci, Gala Chairman
  • Scott Curran
  • Francis Dunn
  • Darren Grahame
  • Karen McConnell
  • Maria McGinley
  • Brian Selvin
  • Bradley Smith
If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Apen at (609) 228-7324 or

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