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UH Seidman Cancer Center's Five Star Sensation Shines Culinary Spotlight on Cleveland

Monday, April 3, 2017

Host Chef Michael Symon joined by nationally and internationally renowned chefs and vintners

CLEVELAND — Cleveland's most celebrated benefit--Five Star Sensation--features over 80 acclaimed chefs and vintners from around the world. Michael Symon, renowned Iron Chef and co-host of ABC's The Chew, leads this year's Five Star Sensation as the event's Host Chef.

Five Star Sensation, Northeast Ohio's premier food and wine event, has raised more than $18 million for University Hospitals (UH) Seidman Cancer Center since the event began in 1987. Tickets are now available for this extraordinary celebration of food and wine to be held Saturday, June 24, at Cuyahoga Community College in Highland Hills, OH. The evening includes live music, dancing, a silent auction, wine pull and more.

This marks Symon's second time as Host Chef. A Cleveland native with acclaimed restaurants Lola and Mabel's BBQ in Cleveland, Roast in Detroit and several locations of B Spot Burgers throughout the Midwest, Symon is renowned in the culinary world. "I am thrilled to participate in this culinary extravaganza in my hometown benefiting University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center," said Symon. "It raises vital funds for such an important cause in our community, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve as Host Chef of this truly sensational evening."

This year's event co-chairs are Kathleen Coleman and Debra Wert. Sean Richardson, President of Huntington Bank's Greater Cleveland Region, is Corporate Chair. Huntington Bank is returning for the sixth time as presenting sponsor.

This year's celebrity chefs include: Aarón Sánchez (Johnny Sanchez, New Orleans, LA), Michelle Karr-Ueoka (MW Restaurant, Honolulu, HI), Hubert Keller (Fleur, Las Vegas, NV), Sherry Yard (Helms Bakery, Los Angeles, CA) and Marc Forgione (American Cut, NYC, NY).

Acclaimed Cleveland chefs in attendance this year include: Doug Katz (Fire), Paul Minnillo (Flour), Jonathon Sawyer (Green House Tavern) and Rocco Whalen (Fahrenheit).

Funds from the benefit support UH Seidman Cancer Center physician-scientists' innovative work to identify promising new therapies as well as community cancer screenings, cancer information services and public education programs. UH Seidman Cancer Center prides itself on multidisciplinary care, innovation in treatment and therapies, surgical expertise, survivorship programs and patient and family-centered care. UH Seidman Cancer Center is part of the National Cancer Institute - designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University – one of only 45 such centers in the country.

"Five Star Sensation provides tremendous support in helping us deliver unparalleled care to our patients and families," said Nathan Levitan, MD, President of UH Seidman Cancer Center. "As a result, our patients have access to a highly-specialized medical team, the most effective, personalized treatments and promising clinical research trials."

For more information or to purchase sponsorships and/or tickets for Five Star Sensation, visit www.fivestarsensation.org, email FiveStar@UHhospitals.org or call 216-844-0416.