Produce Playoff Draft 2016: The Picks Are In!

Let's get it started in here.

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.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Let’s get it started in here.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Chef Bryce Shuman of Betony sounds the horn of Gondor.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Forget being true to your school; emcee Corey Warren of Betony is true to the #NoKidHungry cause.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

“I’m sorry, but I don’t see your name on the list.”

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Chef Flynn McGarry has a eureka moment when he spies ripe watermelon.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

The future of the fight against childhood hunger is so bright, we’ve gotta wear shades.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

2016 James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year Daniela Soto-Innes channels her inner fashion blogger after selecting freshly harvested corn.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Pretty sure this is the prettiest draft board we’ve ever seen.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

“I haz all the herbs.”

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Open up and say … “Ahh!”

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Flags were hoisted as the battle among the chefs for the best produce continued.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Despite going sleeveless, we’re pretty sure pastry chef Mina Pizarro of Betony has a special plan for this celery up her sleeve.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

“No, seriously, I’m going to squash the competition.”

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Which chef has her or his eyes on the prize of summer tomatoes?

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Clearly, that would be chef Bech.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Giving new meaning to the phrase “hand picked.”

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

“This doesn’t bite,” says Caleb Ganzer of La Compagnie des Vins, appearances aside.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

“Mina, you and the celery are totally trending on Instagram.”

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Chef Daniel Burns of Luksus flexes his muscles — and his selection of radishes — as the end of the draft draws near.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Some of the peppers that were drafted are so hot, they’ll bring you to your knees. Literally.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Chef Shuman gets an uber-sustainable boutonniere from one of his favorite farmers.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

Betony’s Eamon Rockey had a peach of a time making his draft pick.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016

And … scene.

Need more to whet your appetite? You can view mouthwatering photos from last year’s event here.

Photo credit: Simon Lewis Photography.