BRAZIL’S "KING OF SOCCER" PELÉ HOSTS ANNUAL "GOALS FOR LIFE" GALA WITH CHEF CHAIR CLAUDE TROISGROS
Last Thursday, nearly 400 people gathered at the Gotham Ballroom on 36th Street in Manhattan for a fundraiser to benefit the Pelé Little Prince Research Institute, established by Pelé himself. The foundation is currently the largest center for complex pediatric illnesses in Brazil, and offers treatment for more than 30 health conditions. Each year, it serves more than 350,000 outpatients and 27,000 inpatients.
The elegant Brazilians in the crowd stood out, wearing designer gowns and tailored suits. A warm and devoted crowd, they fit perfectly in the magnificent Gotham Hall, bringing full social prestige to the cause.
The Gastronomic Cup brought together a true “dream team” of chefs from some of the world’s 50 best restaurants. Savoring a delicious dish is even more delectable once you’ve seen it prepared onstage, and it gave me a better appreciation for the ceviche, beef, fish, and dessert. My friend Mary Nigri from the Quatrrino restaurant in Sao Paulo, invited by Pele himself were in heaven.
A course each was prepared by Daniel Boulud, French chef and entrepreneur; famed Brazilian chef Alex Atala, who runs D.O.M. in São Paulo, ranked fourth in the world and top in South America; Daniel Humm, executive chef and co-owner of Eleven Madison Park, Roberta Sudbrack, the first woman to be selected as head chef for a Brazilian President, and French chef Claude Troisgros and his son Thomas, who organized the event.
The hostess of the evening, Ety Cristina Forte Carneiro, kindly continued her speeches even when people chatted over her, and our table was busy tweeting and instagramming the beautiful dishes, like Flowers Ceviche with Orange Blossom Vinaigrette by Alex Atala and Sea Bass with Caramelized Bananas and Achiote Butter from allude and Thomas Troisgros, eager to share them with the world and give them a little piece —or rather, taste—of Brazil. The event raised $700,000 for the cause.
It was a marvelous event hosted by Brazil’s own true Prince, Pelé, whose generous impact on the world is anything but little.
Photos : Courtesy Andre Cipriano