Embassy Chef Challenge
Chef Nathan Bates of the Embassy of New Zealand is the first chef to win in all three categories: Challenge Hungary, a preliminary “Top Chef”-like competition; The Judge’s choice and People’s Choice awards. Bates served his garnished roast lamb cutlet to more than 450 guests, including “Top Chef All-Star” chef Carla Hill at Cultural Tourism’s Fifth Annual Embassy Chef Challenge at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on March 14. The event promotes diplomacy and celebrates arts, culture and heritage by supporting the organization’s free programs and events. Benefit chair Shahin Mafi introduced a video honoring the event’s first gala chair, the late elegant Pat Skantze, and introducing the Pat Skantze Lifetime Achievement Award.