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Get your aprons ready — this World Food Day starts with Chef Showdown! Keep reading to find out all the details of our World Food Day ’21 event.

The Importance of World Food Day

World Food Day is an international day celebrated every year worldwide on October 16 to commemorate the date of the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO(). The FAO promotes worldwide awareness and action for those facing hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all.

Celebrate World Food Day by tuning in to Chef Showdown

We’re inviting you to attend our first annual Chef Showdown — a virtual culinary battle royale broadcast to celebrate World Food Day! Tune in on Friday, October 15 at 2 p.m. ET to watch our two celebrity chefs throw down in the kitchen! This will be a 1 hour broadcast and you can tune in on Facebook or by visiting the Chef Showdown webpage.

The Chef Showdown is part of our new campaign, It Starts With a Meal™, which enables corporations to be recognized for supporting a great cause. All funds will provide nourishing meals for communities that are most affected by the global hunger crisis.

Introducing Our Celebrity Chefs

Renowned chefs Ali Khan and JJ Johnson are our two celebrity chefs competing in Chef Showdown! To add extra spice to Chef Showdown, we have an amazing broadcast host — Chef Yisus! Each chef has created a delicious dish inspired by the countries that benefit from Rise Against Hunger’s support.

Ali Khan is a chef and television host from Austin, Texas. You know him from the Food Network or Cooking Channel, hosting the Spring Baking Championship, Cheap Eats and The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Ali resonates deeply with Rise Against Hunger’s mission, as both of his parents grew up in rural villages affected by food insecurity. His dish, Nashville Chicken Meets Indian Butter Chicken was inspired by our work in India.

Chef JJ is the Founder of FIELDTRIP, a rice bowl restaurant in Harlem, author of the award-winning cookbook, Between Harlem and Heaven, and star of Just Eats With Chef JJ on Cleo TV. JJ is passionate about helping communities thrive and is excited to partner with Rise Against Hunger! His dish, Grits with Mango Glazed Halibut is inspired by our work in the Caribbean.

Jesús Alberto Díaz, better known as Chef Yisus, is a popular chef, author and kitchen presenter on Univision’s Despierta América program where he brings his recipes to viewers every morning.

How to Register and Vote

Register by visiting www.riseagainsthunger.org/chef! When registering for the event, join a chef’s team to learn more about the chef. Once you choose to join one of the chef’s teams, you will have the option to add your vote. It wouldn’t be a Rise Against Hunger event without an opportunity for impact: Your minimum donation of $10 counts as your vote for your favorite chef! 

Giveaways, Giveaways, Giveaways!

Once you register, you will receive our free It Starts With A Meal™ E-Cookbook! You’ll also be automatically entered to win an @Awakefarms herb grow kit! Your garden grow kit will include a set of bamboo starter pots, wooden plant markers, a packet of seeds for each plant, soil discs, and a moisture meter — everything you need to start your garden.

When you register and donate $100 or more, you receive a FREE It Starts With A Meal™ t-shirt AND you will be entered to win OUR GRAND PRIZE → A Ken Wright Cellars winery vacation package!  See the package details and official rules for the giveaway.

Let’s cook up some impact this World Food Day! By participating in Chef Showdown, communities around the world continue to move forward on their journey out of hunger. Recovery, education, and hope start with your vote for Chef Showdown!