Chef Jae Jung$0
CHEF JAE JUNG OF KJUN
Chef Jae Jung is the chef and owner of KJUN, a Korean-Cajun restaurant in New York City. Originally from Seoul, Chef Jae left her family to come to the United States in 2009 to attend the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Chef Jae's culinary development continued after graduation, as she moved to New Orleans, where she gained years of experience and fell in love with Cajun food while working in the kitchens of the city's most-decorated restaurants, including Restaurant August, Dominica, Herbsaint, and Dooky Chase.
During these formative years, Chef Jae developed her distinctive Korean-Cajun flavors and techniques, as well as her deep commitment to the spirit of Southern cuisine and hospitality, the backbone of both her culinary philosophy and her personal life.
In 2014, Chef Jae relocated to New York City to work in some of the city's most prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants, including Oceana, Le Bernardin, the NoMad Restaurant, and most recently as the sous chef of the famed CafÃƒÂ© Boulud.
In 2021, Chef Jae launched her first startup, KJUN, introducing hungry New Yorkers to her distinctive blend of Korean and Cajun flavors, ingredients, and dishes. In fall 2022, she opened her first restaurant, KJUN, in Midtown East, Manhattan. Jae's cuisine has been featured in recent publications and press include the New York Times, CBS News, Food & Wine Magazine, the Infatuation, Bon AppÃƒÂ©tit Magazine, Eater, The New Yorker, and Bloomberg Food.
Chef Lee Knoeppel$0
CHEF LEE KNOEPPEL, CHOPPED CHAMPION, OF EXTRA SAUCE
Lee Knoeppel is a highly accomplished chef and restaurateur from New York City. Growing up in the suburbs of New York, Lee developed a passion for food from an early age. He honed his skills by studying culinary arts at the Institute of Culinary Education, where he graduated with a degree in the field.
With years of experience under his belt, Lee has held several executive chef positions, including at Barcade in NYC, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Philly, and the Long Acre Tavern in Times Square. He has also competed on several renowned cooking competitions such as ABC's The Taste with Anthony Bourdain and Food Network's Chopped, where he won the competition. He also competed on Chopped Champions, Beat Bobby Flay, Restaurant Startup, and Midnight Feast.
Currently, Lee is the executive chef and owner of Extra Sauce, a popular New York City restaurant that features his unique and inventive style of cooking. With his culinary expertise and dedication to his craft, Lee continues to impress diners with his delicious creations.
Chef Oscar Lorenzzi$0
CHEF OSCAR LORENZZI OF CONTENTO
Born in Peru's culinary capital, Lima, Oscar has spent two decades working his way through the ranks of New York City's restaurant scene. Oscar worked at Man Ray, L'Escale, and Gaia before joining Andy D'Amico of Chef Driven Group to develop the successful 5 Napkin Burger franchise.
Oscar then moved on to lead Marseille and Nice Matin as Chef de Cuisine.
After a decade with Chef Driven Group, Oscar became Executive Chef of Graydon Carter's renowned Waverly Inn. Oscar ran the kitchen for two years, keeping Waverly's star-studded guest list full and happy.
Oscar returned to Chef Driven Group in 2018, overseeing the kitchen at Nice Matin while helping develop plans for his dream project, Contento.
Chefs Skai & Raymond Mohan$0
CHEFS/OWNERS SKAI & RAYMOND MOHAN OF LOLO'S ON THE WATER
Chef Raymond Mohan and Leticia "Skai" Young are elated to share their passion for travel and island flavors at LoLo's Seafood Shack in Harlem. The LoLo's experience is inspired by the locally-owned, locally-operated, seaside eateries, referred to as lolos, which they encountered while living abroad in the British West Indies. Chef Raymond Mohan has created a variety of nostalgic offerings from island-styled BBQ to coastal comfort foods of the Cape to Caribbean street eats like johnny cakes.
Born on a market street in Guyana, Chef Raymond Mohan's culinary interest developed as a child while accompanying his mother to the market to shop for the family's roadside stand. They sold Guyanese specialties such as mavi, sardine sandwiches, and Indian specialties. Mohan's love of culture and food set the stage for his career once they moved to United States.
A graduate of New York Restaurant School, Chef Mohan apprenticed under renowned chefs Wayne Nish at March Restaurant, Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Vong, and David Burke, before becoming Douglas Rodriguez's Chef de Cuisine at Patria, Aquarella in Puerto Rico, Pipa, and Chicama (a Peruvian ceviche bar).
Leticia was born in East Harlem and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the entrepreneurship program of the French Culinary Institute.
We invite you to dive on in to our secret backyard and cannot wait to share our newest restaurant, LoLo's on the Water, opening this April at Pier 57 in downtown Manhattan where the menu will focus on street foods that dot the Caribbean coast from Belize on down to Guyana!
Chef Aarthi Sampath$0
CHEF AARTHI SAMPATH, CHOPPED CHAMPION, OF MOONLIGHT FLAVOR LLC
Aarthi Sampath, born and raised in Mumbai, began her culinary journey with a rebellious spirit. At IHM Jaipur, her alma mater, she would spend hours in the library reading culinary literature, familiarizing herself with classical French cooking techniques. Among the chosen few, Aarthi forayed into the culinary world of the prestigious Taj Hotels, cooking a diverse array of Indian cuisines at at their restaurants in Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad.
Her curiosity and desire to learn and explore global cuisine brought her to America where she studied Food Service Management as well as Baking and Pastry at Johnson & Wales, a leading culinary university in Providence, Rhode Island.
Following her undergraduate program, she had the opportunity to intern at New York City's fabled Michelin-star restaurant, Junoon. Aarthi quickly rose through the ranks to become Chef De Cuisine. A solid foundation in Indian cooking supported by proven practical experience brought Aarthi unique opportunities. At Junoon, Aarthi was honored to work on The "Billionaire's Club Dinner" hosted by Prime Minister Modi at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. Later, Aarthi was named Executive Chef at American Gymkhana, an upscale Indian restaurant created by the founders of Junoon in Orlando, Florida.
Aarthi Sampath is a renowned New York-based chef, restaurant consultant, food truck expert and TV personality. She is a rising star, now gaining popularity with her stint as judge on MasterChef Tamil. Aarthi has made several US television appearances. She gained critical acclaim by winning Chopped, the famed culinary competition series. She competed on Iron Chef with Bobby Flay defeating the champion with her biryani. She also appeared on on Fire Masters, a Canadian-based open fire competitive cooking show. In addition, Aarthi has been a judge on Worst Cooks in America, as well as Beat Bobby Flay.
As a chef and food and beverage consultant, Aarthi worked at the iconic Breslin under Chef April Bloomfield, who mentored her with a deeper understanding of ingredients and techniques. Later, Aarthi ran 39 Kukree, the Seattle-based fast-casual food truck, where she gained wide popularity with her focus on local produce, seasonality, and healthful eating.
Aarthi has also served as chef at the prestigious Rainbow Room at New York City's Rockefeller Center and as Head Chef at Chinese Tuxedo, a contemporary New York City fine dining restaurant. In addition, she is consulting chef for numerous restaurants, including Sigri NJ LLC, Bombay Curry Co, and Baazi NYC. Aarthi also regularly curates high-end private dining experiences and catered events.
Mae Mae Cafe$0
MAE MAE CAFE BY GREAT PERFORMANCES
The city's culinary landscape became a bit greener with the April 2022 debut of Mae Mae Cafe as The Bronx's first plant-forward restaurant and potted plant emporium. The cozy 22-seat rustic urban eatery's vegan menu is Latin-inspired as a nod to The Bronx's culture and community. Mae Mae Cafe is operated by Great Performances, the catering and hospitality company that was an early embracer of plant-based dining.
The taco-and-quesadilla-centric menu features ingredients grown on Great Performances' own organic Katchkie Farm in upstate New York. In fact, the restaurant welcomes neighbors to participate in Katchkie Farm's CSA. Taco options include Mushroom Mole and Guajillo Nopal, while huitlacoche with corn, lime, and radish is a quesadilla favorite. Among the tempting starters you'll find Grilled Pineapple with avocado, baby kale, sesame seeds, and negra vinaigrette or a Crispy Tortilla Salad with romaine, black beans, watermelon radish, and cilantro vinaigrette. The warming Ital Stew is made with plantain, pumpkin, and callaloo.
"Opening this neighborhood cafe was in our plans when we moved Great Performances to The Bronx in 2019. As we settled in and got to know our new community, we decided it should be plant-based to reflect our long-standing advocacy of delicious, affordable, and healthy eating in an area with few choices," said Liz Neumark, founder of Great Performances. "Adding the plant store and Katchkie Farm CSA is our way of bringing more green to Mott Haven."
WHOOP Wearable with Membership$280
WHOOP 4.0 activity tracker band and one-year membership.
Membership is valid for 12 months from activation of new WHOOP account. New owner may renew membership after the initial 12-month period.
Two NYC Sightseeing Passes$150
Gain entry into more than 150+ attractions. Passes are each valid for one day.
Passes are activated at first entry point and then are useable until midnight.
Shoshanna Gift Card & Discount$400
$600 gift card plus additional 25% ongoing discount code to fashion brand Shoshanna.
Both the gift card and discount code are valid for one year until April 2024.
College Personal Essay Coach$250
Two (2) private, online college personal essay coaching sessions by Suzanne Gannon, The Essay Conqueror.
In the post-Covid era, the Personal Essay portion of a college application can be the decider between two otherwise identical candidates.
Sessions must be redeemed by 06/01/24. Dates to be mutually agreed upon.
Soggy Doggy Dog Package$210
Includes Super Snoozer Dog Bed, Sofa Snuggler Blanket, Soggy Doggy Doormat, Super Shammy Dog Towel, & No Pockets Leash.
Dog bed size to be selected by winner and can be shipped if necessary. Size options are: Small (24", for dogs up to 25 lbs.), Medium (36", for dogs up to 70 lbs.), and Large (42", for dogs up to 110 lbs.)
Bagel Making Tour & Brunch$500
Private Bagel-Making Tour and Brunch for Four (4) at Mark's Off Madison
Spend a morning making bagels by hand - the old fashioned way - with Chef Mark Strausman, whose bagels were dubbed "New York's Best Bagels" by Serious Eats. Strausman opened his new restaurant and bagel bakery, Mark's Off Madison, in November 2020, and his bagels and homemade breads are a focus of the restaurant. Of course, you'll bring home a stash of your handiwork. After the tour, stay and have brunch.
To be scheduled on a mutually-agreed-upon Saturday or Sunday morning, excluding holidays. Not available to restaurant and foodservice professionals. Expires March 1, 2024.
$200 to Contento Restaurant$110
$200 Gift Certificate to Contento Restaurant in East Harlem, New York.
Island Hopping Feast for Two$70
Island Hopping Feast for Two from LoLo's on the Water
Special meal curated by Executive Chefs/Owners Raymond Mohan & Leti "Skai" Young themselves! Delivered to Manhattan or enjoyed in-house at LoLo's.
Cooking Class by Chef Aarthi$650
Private, two-hour cooking class for two (2) by Chef Aarthi Sampath of Moonlight Flavor LLC!
Class may be conducted in the winner's residence or over Zoom. Certificate is valid for three (3) months from April 18, 2023, onward.
Extra Sauce Gift Certificate$155
$150 Gift Certificate to Extra Sauce in Brooklyn from Executive Chef/Owner and Out of the Kitchen participating chef Lee Knoeppel!
Larry Bird & Magic Johnson$750
Patrick Mahomes Hand Signed KC Chiefs Helmet. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity
Pele Hand Signed Vintage Brazil Soccer Jersey. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity
Serena Williams "GOAT" Custom Framed Masterpiece. Est 24x24" framed
Taylor Swift Hand Signed Limited Edition CD Collage. Est 24x24" framed and comes with Certificate of Authenticity
VIP Tour of Citi Field$1,000
Don't miss out on your chance to attend the college basketball event of the year as you enjoy two highly sought-after tickets to the Championship Game of the 2024 NCAA Final Four! Be there as the best two remaining teams tip-off for what's sure to be an action packed thriller which the whole nation will be watching. Who will have that "One Shining Moment" this year?! Package includes Two middle-level tickets to the Championship Game of the 2024 NCAA Final Four. Championship Date is set for April 8th, 2024, and will take place in Phoenix, AZ Package includes two (2) great pieces of memorabilia: Christian Laettner hand-signed Duke Blue Devils jersey and Jim Valvano "Don't Ever Give Up" speech masterpiece. If you can't attend in 2024, the tickets are still valid for any other year.
Gaia Costa Rica$2,000
Costa Rica is home to glistening green jungles, massive (and active!) volcanoes, magnificent wildlife, lush coffee plantations and breathtaking beaches that create an adventure-lover's paradise. You'll enjoy the finest hospitality and friendliest locals you've likely ever experienced, and all who visit are enamored with how incredibly clean and safe the country is. Package includes 4-day/3-night stay for two in a beautiful Studio Room, a full and delicious a la carte breakfast in our La Luna Restaurant, one 60-minute Terra Massage per person on the day of choice, one tapa and one free house cocktail per adult at La Luna Restaurant, transportation to and from the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio and the National Park (every day from 7:30AM to 4:00PM), complimentary Wi-Fi access, pool perks, fitness room, local and international phone calls, and twice daily maid service. Valid April 11 through November 19, 2023, and May 1 through November 19, 2024. Stays are simply subject to room availability.
Don't miss out on your chance to attend the music event of the summer as you enjoy two highly sought after tickets to the world-famous CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN! Join the biggest names in country music for a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience featuring many of your favorite radio stars. Past performers have included nearly every notable country star, including Underwood, Paisley, Shelton, Bryan, Urban & more! Package includes two (2) 300-level tickets located in the first few sections next to the stage to the sold out CMA Fest in Nashville, TN. Tickets are four-day passes and valid each day of the festival, which will be held in June of each year. Package includes a "Country Music Legends" masterpiece featuring legendary artists Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney.
NY Yankees Luxury Suite$1,500
Package includes two (2) tickets to a luxury suite at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, August 19, against the Boston Red Sox! Saturday July 22. and Saturday September 23, also available! The suite features indoor-outdoor seating, air conditioning, big-screen TVs, private restrooms, and all the food, dessert, and (non-alcoholic) drinks you could want! At least three former Yankee favorites will be in the suite that day, posing for photos and signing autographs, including Hall of Famer WADE BOGGS!
NY Yankees VIP PregameLive Item
Though only a few years old, the New York Yankees have already made history in the new Yankee Stadium, with historic moments such as their 2009 World Series Championship and Mariano Rivera's final farewell taking place in the ballpark. Now it is your turn to make memories. Package includes: four (4) tickets for a behind-the-scenes tour of Yankee Stadium (led by a former World Series Champion player), tour stops in Monument Park and the Yankee Museum, a stop in the dugout and a pose for photographs on the field. Pictures provided for autographs. Don't forget to bring your camera and Yankee gear for photographs and autographs; no expiration dates! Winner will also get to watch batting practice and four (4) game tickets!
Private In-Home Comedy Show$2,500
Tired of the same dinner parties with the same idle chatter? Do you love to laugh but don't want to go out to a show? Well now you can be the talk of the town as you bring the entertainment into the comfort of your own home with a private stand-up comedy show featuring four hilarious comedians! Package includes Four (4) comedians for a one-hour private comedy show in your home. Travel for the comedians, along with a microphone and sound system, will be provided as part of the package. The perfect addition to any dinner celebration or other affair which is sure to leave your guests laughing and raving about your party. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Home must be located within 40 miles of Grand Central Station or a travel surcharge will apply. To help you remember the occasion forever, you'll also receive a "Kings of Late Night" framed masterpiece collage featuring your top television stars. (Gratuities not included, but appreciated.)
Billy Joel Live in Concert!Live Item
Don't miss Billy Joel live and in concert at one of his incredible concerts during his residency at the one-and-only Madison Square Garden! Now you can be there live in person to hear "The Piano Man" play some of his legendary tunes, including that most famous song itself, along with "River of Dreams," "Captain Jack," "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," and countless others! Enjoy two (2) FLOOR tickets to see Billy Joel in concert live at Madison Square Garden (choose from monthly show dates through 2023)! Perfectly located house tickets are in the floor sections! Package also includes a limited edition Billy Joel Collage!
Getaway to Jamaica$3,000
Situated on a coveted stretch of Negril's world-famous Seven Mile beach, Azul Sensatori Jamaica is a pristine paradise where couples, families, friends and colleagues can reconnect beneath brilliant blue skies and tropical sunshine. You'll find restaurants serving masterfully-prepared presented cuisine, a world-class spa, live entertainment day and night, endless activities, and more! Includes 4-day/3-night stay at the luxurious, award-winning Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica for two (2) people! All-inclusive stay features daily meals, open bar including alcohol, 24-hour room service, beach butlers, pool service, and daily activities! Travel between May 1 through December 22 without any blackout dates! Stays from January 3 through April 30, 2024, available with minimal surcharge. Additional guests and children can be added for additional cost. No expiration dates; simply subject to room availability. Reservations must be made at least four months in advance.
Golf Getaway to Ireland$3,000
Situated just 30-minutes from Dublin, the Carton House in historic Kildare is a luxury Irish resort. Over 1,100 acres of sweeping parkland, ancient woodlands and the meandering River Rye create the perfect backdrop for this awe-inspiring country mansion. Luxurious accommodation, opulent and relaxing surroundings, championship golf, a world-renowned spa, and award-winning restaurants, among other leisure activities, will make departing difficult. Package Includes: 4-day/3-night stay at the ultra-luxurious 5-star Carton House in Kildare, Ireland, for two (2) people, Fairmont room accommodations and all taxes and fees included, Daily breakfast is included for two (2) people. No expiration or blackout dates (except for major tournaments). Also includes one round of golf per person.
US Open Golf Final Round!$2,500
In 2023, the Los Angeles Country Club will host the US Open for the First Time Ever! The Los Angeles Country Club has been one of the most intriguing and mysterious venues in golf for over 100 years. Now it's set to host the US Open Championship, inviting golf fans and the world's best players to experience the hallowed grounds for themselves. You do not want to miss this opportunity to watch Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and more, up close and in person for the first time ever at the Los Angeles Country Club! Package Includes: Two (2) VIP passes to Sunday's Final Round on June 18th, 2023. These highly sought-after passes include admission to an exclusive tented hospitality areas. Escape from the heat in an air-conditioned tent, catch all of the action throughout the course with live-coverage televisions, and enjoy upgraded food and beverage options for purchase. Take home a classic piece of golf memorabilia that commemorates Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer, two golf legends.
Getaway to Hawaii$3,500
Inspired by culture, well-being and genuine aloha, Fairmont's Orchid Resort & Spa is a beautifully located on the majestic Kohala Coast. Immerse yourself in an authentic Big Island vacation experience, surrounded by 32 oceanfront acres of lush tropical gardens, cascading waterfalls and a tranquil white sand beach and lagoon. Resort amenities include the award-winning Spa Without Walls, a 10,000-square-foot oceanfront pool, Hui Holokai Beach Club, six restaurants, world-class golf, fitness center, and a 10-court tennis pavilion, among more. Package Includes 4-day/3-night stay at Fairmont's ultra-luxurious 5-star Orchid Resort, a AAA Four-Diamond Award-Winning Hotel. Fairmont room accommodations and all taxes and fees included. Daily breakfast is included for two (2) people. No expiration or blackout dates (except for Dec 23-Jan 1 annually).
Silver Oak WineriesLive Item
Wine lovers, this package is for you! First, you'll enjoy two (2) passes to Silver Oak's highly sought-after wine release party, held each February and August, where you will taste their newest wine before the rest of the world! The day is festive, with some of Napa's top chefs tasting their finest cuisine, three stages with live music, bottle signings, and, of course, that great Silver Oak wine! You'll also enjoy a 3-day/2-night stay at the 4-star Westin Verasa Hotel in Napa with round-trip ground transportation provided to and from the party, so you need not worry about having a designated driver! Lastly, included with the package is one bottle of Silver Oak's coveted Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, with a custom etching directly into the bottle itself, to help you remember this experience forever!
Luxurious Villa in Bali!$5,000
Get away to the magical island of Bali, the most famous island in Indonesia, which blends breathtaking mountain scenery and beautiful beaches with warm friendly people and vibrant culture! This amazing Bali villa is located in the town of Seminyak, where some of Earth's most magical sunsets take place over the Indian Ocean. Relax in a luxurious two-bedroom villa, with the perfect fusion of Balinese elements and modern luxury, two (2) king beds, air conditioning, ensuite bathroom, flat screen TV, WiFi, a modern kitchen, private pool, and daily housekeeping. Package includes a 5-night stay at a private villa in Bali for four (4) guests. Private chef for dinner each night of your stay and airport transfers in Bali. Private pool, exotic garden, and location near some of Bali's best restaurants. No expiration dates; only blackout dates are from 12/20-1/11 annually. Stays are simply subject to availability,
Top Chef Experience!Live Item
Food Network Star, Chris Nirschel, matches his vivacious personality to his culinary style, bringing bold and intriguing flavors to the kitchen with no recipes at all. Chris found his passion and focus in life when he attended The French Culinary Institute and currently serves as the executive chef at one of NYC's Top Italian Restaurant, Caffe Napoli, in New York's Little Italy. Now this culinary bad boy creates exciting flavor profiles, with confidence to boot. Package includes Dinner for ten (10) guests in your home, prepared by Celebrity Chef Chris Nirschel himself! Customized menu to be hand-picked by winning bidder and can include favorites from Chef Nirschel's Food Network run. Date to be mutually agreed upon; Chef will travel within US. All food included.
Meet & Greet with Mac McClung$600
Mac McClung took the basketball world by storm with his dazzling slam dunks at the 2023 NBA All-Star Weekend's Slam Dunk Contest! Earning a perfect score of 50-points from the judges, McClung's spectacular dunk over two people brought the arena to its feet. Now your child can learn the art of the dunk and all things basketball with a skills clinic lead hosted by the NBA's newest sensation and member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Mac McClung! Package includes: One (1) child to participate in the Mac McClung Basketball Clinic and two (2) chaperones to accompany the child to the Clinic. Opportunity to learn basketball skills and the art of the slam dunk from Mac McClung himself, along with other professional coaches. One (1) photograph of your child with Mac McClung. One (1) hand-signed photograph from Mac McClung. Clinic date to be during the Fall of 2023 in the NYC area. *More Kids can be added at an additional cost.
Kentucky Bourbon Experience$3,500
They say necessity is the mother of invention, and bourbon is no exception. Weary Kentucky settlers - tasked with getting crops over narrow trails and steep mountains - put their heads together and landed upon an inspired solution. Converting corn and other grains to bourbon not only made the goods easy to transport, but it provided settlers a welcome diversion from the rough and often tedious life on the frontier.
Today, Kentuckians continue the time-honored tradition of distilling bourbon, perfecting the craft their ancestors developed centuries ago.
-2-night stay at a 4-star hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, for two people, ages 21+ only
Enjoy some local flavor as you experience a chauffeured tour to your choice of three iconic bourbon distilleries
-Select which distilleries you wish to visit from a list of some of the area's finest and you'll be whisked away from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle for a day of tasting
-Distilleries include Woodford Reserve, James Beam and Maker's Mark
-All room taxes included
-No expiration dates; blackout dates include major holidays & events
Van Halen Vintage Collage$400
Van Halen "Hamburgers" Custom Vintage Collage. Est 20x20" framed