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Kuro to host “The Chef’s Palate: Friends of James Beard Benefit” Saturday, Jan. 30

Kuro, the critically acclaimed new-style Japanese restaurant at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, will host an exclusive, one-night-only Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner on Saturday, January 30, 2016, featuring a menu created by host and Kuro Executive Chef Alex Becker and a star-studded group of James Beard Award-winning chefs. The event, titled the “The Chef’s Palate,” will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The dinner, benefitting the James Beard Foundation (JBF), will be emceed by guest of honor Robert Irvine, celebrity chef, author, entrepreneur and host of Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible.” Food Network star. The event will kick off with an invitation only VIP cocktail reception at the hotel’s chic L Bar, where 50 attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a meet and greet with Irvine. Guests will then adjourn to Kuro for a five-course dinner, with each course prepared by one of the participating chefs, including Kuro host chef Alex Becker (Creative Culinary Director, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood); JBF Award Winner Norman Van Aken (1921 by Norman Van Aken, Mount Dora, FL; In the Kitchen with Norman Van Aken at the Vagabond Hotel, Miami; and NORMAN’S at The Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL); JBF Award Winner Christopher Lee (Barcelona Wine Bar Restaurants); JBF Award Winner Allen Susser (Chef Allen’s Consulting); and JBF Award Nominee Dahlia Narvaez (Pastry Chef, Mozza Group, Los Angeles). The evening will conclude with a Q&A with the chefs moderated by Irvine. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid, via silent auction, on a luxury Seminole Hard Rock Hotel package.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the Benefit dinner at Kuro,” said Justin Wyborn, vice president of Food & Beverage for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. “The James Beard Foundation plays an integral part in celebrating, nurturing and honoring culinary excellence, and having the opportunity to support that cause here in South Florida with such a stellar line-up of chefs is an amazing honor.”

Tickets are priced at $250 per person, and can be purchased via Ticketmaster here: http://bit.ly/FriendsOfJBF. For more information on the event, please visit: https://www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com/jbf.htm

About the James Beard Foundation

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation’s blog. Follow the James Beard Foundation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Kuro

Located in the AAA Four Diamond-rated Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood and opened in March 2015, Kuro is a sophisticated and wholly unique concept offering an interactive dining experience unlike anything else in the region. At the helm are Executive Chef Alex Becker and Executive Sushi Chef Shuji Hiyakawa whose menu features handcrafted artisanal dishes created using classic Japanese techniques and featuring both locally sourced and imported ingredients direct from Japan. The innovative cocktail program features handcrafted cocktails showcasing fresh Japanese flavors in modern recipes, pairing harmoniously with Kuro’s menu. The 9,500-square-foot restaurant space, designed by David Mexico Design Group, offers diners one of the most sophisticated, alluring venues for fine dining in the region.

Kuro is located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way in Hollywood, Florida. Valet and complimentary garage parking are available.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach, features a AAA Four Diamond resort with 469 luxury rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, and premium meeting and convention space. As South Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Seminole Hard Rock hosts top-name acts at its 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena and offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. The resort also features contemporary and casual eateries, including Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour, diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 157 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

For more information, call 954-327-ROCK or 800-937-0010, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, or follow us on Facebook: @SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

About Robert Irvine

With more than 25 years in the culinary profession, Chef Robert Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. As the host of one of the Food Network’s highest rated shows, Restaurant: Impossible, Irvine saves struggling restaurants across America by assessing and overhauling the restaurant’s weakest spots. Irvine was previously the host of Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America, has authored two cookbooks, Mission: Cook! and Impossible to Easy, and one healthy living book, Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well and Living Your Best Life. Irvine is currently on tour with his new, interactive live show Robert Irvine Live, and appears regularly as an expert guest on national morning and daytime talk shows.  In 2015, Irvine launched Robert Irvine Foods, a company that features a nutritionally improved line of food products without compromising great taste.  Irvine recently established the eponymously named non-profit organization, The Robert Irvine Foundation, in an effort to support military personnel and their families. For more information on Chef Robert Irvine, visit www.ChefIrvine.com.

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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