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Charity Event Features Celebrity Chef Jason Ellis and Retired NFL Star Dorsey Levens as Event Hosts

ATLANTA (Nov. 3, 2011) – The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter (NCBW-MAC) will bring together more than 300 men to cook for charity when it hosts the 21st Gourmet Gents culinary event, Sunday, November 20, 3:00-6:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Atlanta.

Hailed as “Atlanta’s premier gents cook-off,” the theme of this year’s Gourmet Gents is, “Gridiron Gourmets – A Tailgating Experience.” Chef Jason Ellis, from Season 7 of FOX Television’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” will serve as the “Celebrity Chef” hosting along with retired Green Bay Packers running back and “Celebrity Gent” Dorsey Levens.

As NCBW-MAC’s major fundraiser, proceeds from the cook-off will benefit the organization’s “Teens on the Move,” a youth development program that assists at-risk high school girls, ages 13-18, in reaching their full potential through mentoring, field trips, life skills and self-esteem workshops as well as academic scholarships for college. Currently, there are 60 girls from Booker T. Washington and Henry W. Grady High Schools enrolled in the program.

“We are pleased to once again present Gourmet Gents, the culinary affair of the year. This event is important to the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter as well as the community, because of the difference it makes in the lives of young African-American women. Proceeds from Gourmet Gents go directly toward helping participants in our ‘Teens on the Move’ attend college and reach their dreams,” said Cynthia Williams, president, NCBW-MAC. “We invite the community to come out and join us for an afternoon of food, festivities and fun – all for charity.”

Since its inception in 1990, Gourmet Gents has grown to include more than 3,000 guests and 500 participants, including some of Atlanta’s most prominent professionals, civic and business leaders and local media personalities. The event has helped more than 400 local students attend college.


Opportunities to participate as a Gent, individually or in teams, are available. Men are asked to put on their favorite team jersey and prepare 500 bite-sized samples of their favorite recipes to be served to guests throughout the duration of the event. Gents can also compete for prizes in four cook-off categories: Appetizer, Main Course, Vegetables/Side Dish and Dessert. Restaurants and catering companies are also welcomed to participate. The deadline for Gents’ registration is November 12.

Tickets to the event are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. For more information, registration forms and tickets, please visit

The 21st Gourmet Gents event is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, Belk, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Comcast, Lincoln, Radio One, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, Hyatt Regency Atlanta and State Farm, Atlanta Tribune, Brown Foreman, Georgia-Pacific, BJ’s, Publix and Soul Studios.

About the NCBW-MAC

Founded in 1988, the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of 100 Black Women is the third largest chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. whose mission is to serve as an advocacy organization for women and children of color. With strong corporate and community ties, NCBW-MAC is dedicated to delivering quality programs and services with emphasis on: teen mentoring; education; health and economic empowerment. For more information on NBCW-MAC, please visit

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