“Top Chef” Star Sam Talbot and Miami Chefs to Turn Up the Heat at “Out of the Kitchen”

Proceeds will benefit the Diabetes Research Institute at UM’s Miller School of Medicine

MIAMI, FL (April 27, 2015) – Competing for a top spot in Bravo’s Top Chef TV series, while being judged by world-renowned culinary masters in front of millions of viewers has not been Chef Sam Talbot’s biggest challenge, surprisingly enough. The season two semi-finalist and “Fan Favorite” has battled with type 1 diabetes since he was diagnosed as a child, and he’s bringing the fight to Miami with the help of some of the city’s hottest chefs. Talbot, who was also named one of People’s “Sexiest Men Alive,” will host Out of the Kitchen benefiting the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the Forbes five-star St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, on Friday, May, 1, 2015.

This unique, ultimate-foodie culinary experience will take local chefs out of the confines of their kitchens and into a large ballroom where they’ll each simultaneously create gourmet three-course meals table side for tables of 12 guests. The lineup of top Miami chefs includes the following:

• Chef and Co-Chair Executive Chef Dave Hackett of The Biltmore Coral Gables
• Chef Dagan Stocks of J&G Grill
• Chef Wolfgang Birk of Area 31 at the EPIC Miami
• Chef Brad Kilgore of Alter
• Chef Makoto Okuwa of Makoto
• Chef Dustin Ward of BLT Prime
• Chef Cesar Zapata of The Federal
• Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House Miami
• Chef Sean Brasel of Meat Market Miami
• Chef David Blonsky of Apeiro Kitchen & Bar
• Chef Aaron Brooks of EDGE Steak & Bar
• Chef Phil Bryant of The Local Craft Food and Drink
• Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog of GastroPod
• Chefs Christian Rassinoux & Gary Klinefelter of the Diplomat Prime
• And more!

There will also be a VIP cocktail reception with bite-sized appetizers by Chef Hugh Sinclair, live and silent auctions featuring exclusive getaways and TV show tickets, a grand raffle for a dinner for 10 at winner of Bravo’s TV Show Best New Restaurant: Dolce Italian, and more. 

Co-chairing the event are Amy and Scott Greenwald and Tammy and Steve Klein.  The Greenwalds and the Kleins both have daughters living with type 1 diabetes and will stop at nothing until a cure is found.

Top sponsors include the Greenwald Family; Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff, & Sitterson, P.A.; Sabrina Ferris; Greenberg Traurig; Gerson, Preston, Robinson & Company, P.A.; Tammy & Steve Klein; The Geduld Family; Marquis Bank; The Fairholme Foundation; Beth & David Ertel; Development Service Solutions, LLC; Floridian Partners, LLC; Kobi Karp Architecture; Meland, Russin, and Budick Attorneys at Law; Randi & Randy Goldberg; Jeffery & Rosalie Hoyos; Rosa & Beny Schecter; and Mary Kay Vona.  

Tickets to Out of the Kitchen are $275 per person and can be purchased online at  The St. Regis Bal Harbour is located at 9703 Collins Avenue in Bal Harbour. The main event begins at 7:30 p.m.; the VIP Reception starts at 6:15 p.m. Space is limited; reservations required.  For more information, please call the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation at 954.964.4040.

About the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation
The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is the organization of choice for those who are serious, passionate and committed to curing diabetes. Its mission – to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now – is a testament to the belief that tomorrow is not soon enough to cure those living with diabetes.     

The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine leads the world in cure-focused research. As the largest and most comprehensive research center dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is aggressively working to develop a biological cure by restoring natural insulin production and normalizing blood sugar levels without imposing other risks. Researchers have already shown that diabetes can be reversed through islet transplantation, with some study patients living without the need for insulin injections for more than a decade. The Institute is now building upon these promising outcomes by developing the DRI BioHub, an integrated “mini organ” that mimics the native pancreas, containing thousands of insulin-producing cells that sense blood sugar levels and produce the precise amount of insulin needed in real time.  The Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation were created for one reason – to cure diabetes – which is and will continue to be its singular focus until that goal is reached. For the millions of children and adults affected by diabetes, the Diabetes Research Institute is the best hope for a cure. For more information, please call 800-321-3437, visit or follow us on Twitter @Diabetes_DRI.


Media Contact: 
Joelle Parra

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