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Taste of the NFL aligns the Party of the Year with the Game of the Year

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by Taryn Jeffries 4 Comments

Next weekend will be crazier than crazy in our little state. The “Game of the Year” is anticipated to bring in hundreds of thousands of people to our cities in the days before the game and with that organizations and venues are clamoring to create exciting events for those visitors (and hopefully us locals as well). One event that will draw lots of attention is the Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose. Did you know that each NFL team has a an associated celebrity  chef? Its true, and more than 40 award-winning chefs from around the country will be touching down in Phoenix to participate in the 24th Annual Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose event to be held on January 31st.

Taste of the NFL

Each Chef will be paired with a notable NFL player, all in an effort to raise money for food banks throughout the United States. Every dollar raised will allow food banks to distribute up to eight meals into their communities. More than $22 million or 176 million meals has ben raised since the inception of the events.

Here are the matches of NFL Players and Celebrity Chefs:

Market Celebrity Chef NFL Player
Arizona Cardinals Chef Beau MacMillan Calais Campbell
Atlanta Falcons Chef Kevin Rathbun Christ Draft
Baltimore Ravens Chef Nancy Longo Matt Birk
Buffalo Bills Chef Mike Andrzejewski Joe DeLamielleure
Carolina Panthers Chef Blake Hartwick Richie Brockel
Chicago Bears Chef Carrie Nahabedian Jerry Azumah
Cincinnati Bengals Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel David Fulcher
Dallas Cowboys Chef Kent Rathbun Everson Walls
Denver Broncos Chef Troy Guard Karl Mecklenburg
Detroit Lions Chef Brian Polcyn Lem Barney
Green Bay Packers Chef Justin Aprahamian Donny Anderson
Houston Texans Chef Bruce Molzan Chester Pitts
Indianapolis Colts Chef Greg Hardesty Ken Dilger
Jacksonville Jaguars Chef Brian Whittington Jordan Todman
Kasas City Chiefs Chef Debbie Gold Bobby Bell
Miami Dolphins Chef Allen Susser John Offerdahl
Minnesota Vikings Chef Lenny Russo Randall McDaniel
National Football League Chef Marc Payero Davin Joseph
New England Patriots Chef Steve DiFillippo Matt Light
New Orleans Saints Chef Tory McPhail Willie Roaf
New York Giants Chef Kamal Rose Bill Ard
New York Jets Chef Taku Saito Freeman McNeil
Oakland Raiders Chef Paul Arenstam Ted Hendricks
Philadelphia Eagles Chef Jack McDavid Herry Sisemore
Pittsdburgh Steelers Chef Anthony Zallo Andy Russell
Pro Football Hall of Fame Chef Shy Cellars Roger Wehril
San Diego Chargers Chef Jonathan Hale Kellen Winslow, Sr.
San Francisco 49ers Chef David Lawrence Chris Doleman
Seattle Seahawks Chef John Howie Crag Terrill
St. Louis Rams Chef Gerard Craft Will Witherspoon
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Chef Marty Blitz Brad Johnson
Tennessee Titans Chef Deb Paquette Michael Griffin
Washington Redskins Chef Jeffrey “JG” Goetjen Brig Owens
Undefeated Miami Dolphins Chef Peter Farrand Dick Anderson
Special Guest/ Minnesota Vikings Chef Lynne Hackman

“On behalf of everyone at Taste of the NFL, congratulations to these outstanding and tireless chefs,” said Taste of the NFL Founder and Executive Director Wayne Kostroski. “Thanks to their ongoing commitment, we are able to tackle the growing hunger epidemic in this country and hopefully realize our fundraising goal of eight million meals as part of Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona.”

This year’s Party with a Purpose fundraising event brings together exceptional cuisine, prominent chefs from around the country, some of the NFL’s greatest players, legendary coaches, Hollywood notables and sports celebrities as well as GRAMMY® award-winning country group, Little Big Town, all in an effort to support the fight against hunger. Andrew Zimmern, the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, is this year’s national culinary host for the Party with a Purpose®. He will lead the charge alongside national celebrity spokesperson, Alyssa Milano.

Fans are encouraged to continue to lend their support by donating online to their favorite team’s chef at You can also purchase tickets to the party. I will be live tweeting from the event and I would love to see you there! (I even bought a new dress just for the occasion!)

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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