The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) announced last week that award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay will design the menu for the Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party to be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at West Hollywood Park.
Over the years, the 21st annual event, sponsored by Chopard, Neuro Drinks, and Wells Fargo, has attracted the participation of top chefs from around the world.
“David and I are so pleased to welcome our friend Chef Gordon Ramsay to EJAF’s Academy Awards Viewing Party,” said Founder Sir Elton John. “I’m sure our guests will be thrilled by his wonderful cuisine, and we are deeply grateful to him for his generous philanthropic efforts over the years, his commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic, and for supporting our urgent cause with his talent and creativity.”
Chef Ramsay trained with some of the world’s leading chefs, including Albert Roux and Marco Pierre White in London, and Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon in France. He became chef of Aubergine in London in 1993 and established the three-star Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in 1998 at age 31. Internationally renowned with 11 Michelin stars worldwide, Ramsay has opened a string of successful restaurants across the globe, from Italy to the United States. He is also a well-known television star from such shows as “Gordon Behind Bars,” “Ultimate Cookery Course,” “Gordon’s Great Escapes” and “Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait” in the U.K. and the FOX series’ “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “MasterChef,” and “Hotel Hell” that air in more than 200 countries worldwide. He is also a published author of a number of books, many of which have become bestsellers around the world, most notably his autobiography, Roasting in Hell’s Kitchen, and was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.
The Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fund-raising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Over the past 21 years, this annual event has raised nearly $34 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters. These funds help the Foundation to support a wide range of initiatives, including direct treatment, care, and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS in marginalized communities, such as among young gay black men; providing injection drug users with clean needles to prevent HIV infection and transmission; and sexual health education for young people in America who are most at risk.
Audi, Grey Goose, and MAC Viva Glam are the evening’s Co-Sponsors. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for its continued collaboration with EJAF. American Airlines is EJAF’s official sponsoring airline.