Ahead of the third annual Produce Playoff to benefit No Kid Hungry at Betony on August 24, 2016, the players gathered in New York’s bustling Union Square Greenmarket to “draft” the stars of the dishes and drinks they’ll be creating next week. “Competing” chefs and beverage experts, including event founders Bryce Shuman and Eamon Rockey (Betony), Bo Bech (Geist), Daniel Burns (Luksus), Flynn McGarry (Eureka), Danielle-Innes (Cosme), Mina Pizzaro (Betony), Leo Robitshcek (The NoMad), Caleb Ganzer (Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels), and Dean Fuerth (Betony), spent the morning dashing around the market to stake their claim to the season’s best bounty in two lively rounds.
Catch the action with these shots from photographer Simon Lewis. Then, purchase your tickets to join us at the Produce Playoff on Wednesday to support No Kid Hungry in a most delicious way.
Let’s get it started in here.
Chef Bryce Shuman of Betony sounds the horn of Gondor.
Forget being true to your school; emcee Corey Warren of Betony is true to the #NoKidHungry cause.
“I’m sorry, but I don’t see your name on the list.”
Chef Flynn McGarry has a eureka moment when he spies ripe watermelon.
The future of the fight against childhood hunger is so bright, we’ve gotta wear shades.
2016 James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year Daniela Soto-Innes channels her inner fashion blogger after selecting freshly harvested corn.
Pretty sure this is the prettiest draft board we’ve ever seen.
“I haz all the herbs.”
Open up and say … “Ahh!”
Flags were hoisted as the battle among the chefs for the best produce continued.
Despite going sleeveless, we’re pretty sure pastry chef Mina Pizarro of Betony has a special plan for this celery up her sleeve.
“No, seriously, I’m going to squash the competition.”
Which chef has her or his eyes on the prize of summer tomatoes?
Clearly, that would be chef Bech.
Giving new meaning to the phrase “hand picked.”
“This doesn’t bite,” says Caleb Ganzer of La Compagnie des Vins, appearances aside.
“Mina, you and the celery are totally trending on Instagram.”
Chef Daniel Burns of Luksus flexes his muscles — and his selection of radishes — as the end of the draft draws near.
Some of the peppers that were drafted are so hot, they’ll bring you to your knees. Literally.
Chef Shuman gets an uber-sustainable boutonniere from one of his favorite farmers.
Betony’s Eamon Rockey had a peach of a time making his draft pick.
And … scene.
Need more to whet your appetite? You can view mouthwatering photos from last year’s event here.
Photo credit: Simon Lewis Photography.