Charlie Palmer at Culinary Kickoff for Super Bowl Week

January 27, 2020
The 6th Annual Culinary Kickoff Comes to Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood with Chefs Charlie Palmer, Michael Mina, Tito Vargas, Michael Voltaggio, Jason Atherton and friends  to benefit The Culinary Institute of America
The much-anticipated event to debut a new format at world’s first Guitar Hotel in January 2020

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood announces it will host the sixth annual Culinary Kickoff January 30, 2020 to benefit the Culinary Kickoff Scholarship Fund at The Culinary Institute of America. The event will take place at DAER Dayclub, the hotel’s new outdoor venue and part of the recent $1.5 billion expansion, where celebrated Chefs Charlie Palmer, Michael Mina, Thomas Keller, Michael Voltaggio, Adam Sobel and Scott Romano join hotel Executive Chefs Robert Ciborowski, Alex Becker, Tito Vargas, and Ross Evans for the annual kick-off to the Big Game.
Launched in 2012, Culinary Kickoff was created to launch the Big Game’s weekend festivities with an exclusive event and star-studded after party. The notable chefs, paired with elite wineries, and celebrities, celebrate this event each year to help raise money for the Culinary Kickoff Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for future culinarians and is designed to develop culinary artistry, creativity, and excellence in students during their college studies.
In years past, the Culinary Kickoff format has begun with a cocktail reception followed by a four-course dinner with each course created by the host chefs and paired with wine from winery partners and concluded with a special live music performance and after party. This year, in lieu of a sit-down dinner, host chefs will be helming individual culinary stations offering two versions of a dish. Each station will include a pairing with wine partners including: Silver Oak, Twomey, Charles Woodson, JaM Cellars, John Anthony Vineyards, Hogwash Rose, JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset. Sample menu items include:
  • Chefs Michael Mina and Adam Sobel Yemenite Beef Short Rib with Matbucha
  • Chefs Charlie Palmer and Scott Romano Garlic Roasted Duck Breast with truffle perlage, smoked crème fraîche, duck egg emulsion, saffron pepitas
  • Chef Michael Voltaggio’s Big Game-inspired Shellfish station
  • Abiaka | Chef Tito Vargas — Pork Rillettes, Foie Gras Torchon, Mango Mostarda
  • Kuro | Chef Alex Becker’s Chirashi — Hokkaido Uni, Kegani Crab, Toro Tartar, Caviar
The evening will also be complemented by a dessert station by the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef Ross Evans.
 “We are delighted to host this year’s Culinary Kickoff and partner with the incredible culinary talent that created this amazing event years ago,” said Bo Guidry, President, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. “We look forward to showcasing our new Guitar Hotel and expansion and giving the attendees and guest Chefs an exceptional experience while enjoying all the excitement leading up to game day.”
Previous years’ Culinary Kickoffs have been attended by notable guests, celebrities and sports figures and personalities including: Chefs Charlie Palmer, Michael Mina, Gavin Kaysen, Adam Sobel, Scott Romano, David Burke, Todd English, Ming Tsai, Lasheeda Perry, Big Boi, Charles Woodson, Marshall Faulk, Ronnie Lott, Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Edgerrin James, Warren Moon, Ryan Nece, Larry Fitzgerald, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, Shep Gordon, Victor Cruz, Terrell Owens, Richard Sherman, Lorenzo Alexander, Dion Lewis, Jarvis Green, Kenneth Durden, Ray Ray McLeod, Grant Haley. Leon Bridges, Michele Branch, Michael Franti, Patrick Carney, Tommy Lee, Justin Tuck, Adrian Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Leigh Steinberg, Michael Irvin, Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci, New Power Generation and more…

About Charlie Palmer Collective
Charlie Palmer Collective grew out of Aureole, American cuisine pioneer Charlie Palmer's landmark restaurant, originally located in a historic townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Today, Palmer's flagship Aureole is strategically located at the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. In November 2018, Aureole celebrated 30 years of service, 13 Michelin stars, and 2 James Beard awards. Other coast-to-coast locations encompass an expanding collection of award-winning restaurants and luxurious boutique hotels—many in equally significant historical locations—each designed with distinctive personalities to provide unique experiences. These properties include: Aureole, Charlie Palmer Steak, Upper Story by Charlie Palmer, Charlie Palmer at The Knick, and Crimson & Rye (New York, NY), Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Charlie Palmer Steak at Four Seasons Hotel (Las Vegas, NV), Charlie Palmer Steak (Washington, DC), Charlie Palmer Steak (Reno, Nevada), Charlie Palmer Steak (Napa, CA), Willow by Charlie Palmer (Rhinebeck, New York) and Dry Creek Kitchen at Hotel Healdsburg (Sonoma County, California). Learn more at