December 5, 2023


Time to travel

Royal chef special guest for Chatham-Kent Health Alliance fundraiser

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After a three-year hiatus, a popular culinary fundraiser is ready to serve it up once again, only this time with a touch of royalty.

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The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s Parade of Chefs returns Sept. 28 at the Armoury with A Royal Affair with Local Flair.

The host for this year’s event is Darren McGrady, who served as the personal chef for Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry.

“Our community has never seen an event like this before. We can’t wait to transform the Chatham Armoury for one special night into the RBC Royal Palace, as we enjoy an exquisite evening of royal fun and exclusive experiences for all of our honoured guests,” Karen Ewald, who chairs the Parade of Chefs planning committee, said in a release.

“In addition to celebrating an unforgettable evening, we can’t wait to raise funds to help our local hospital provide high-quality health care to patients from across Chatham-Kent  because we all know how important that is.”

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McGrady will curate the menu for the evening’s four-course dining experience. He will also share his experiences with the royal family.

Local physicians will serve as royal butler wine servers, with food prepared by local chefs. Wine and spirits will be available.

“We are so excited to bring the royal treatment to our honoured guests with the return of our 18th annual Parade of Chefs, presented by Precise ParkLink,” Mary Lou Crowley, foundation president and chief executive, said. “Purchase your tickets starting on March 27 to enjoy an evening of elegance with a distinct flavour that you’ll only find right here in Chatham-Kent.”

The event supports the laboratory transfusion medicine department.

Lori Marshall, hospital president and chief executive, said transfusion medicine services are “crucial to so many departments,” including the emergency department, operating room and oncology/cancer clinic.

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“The purchase of this Ortho Vision swift analyzer will ensure that CKHA’s laboratory has the state of the art equipment necessary to prepare for patient transfusions as efficiently as possible, and we are delighted to have our community support the purchase of this equipment though the exciting return of Parade of Chefs,” she said.

Event partners include Precise ParkLink, RBC Royal Bank, TD Canada Trust and Apollo Property Management & Development.

Tickets are $225 per guest and can be purchased at, by calling 519-436-2538, or at the foundation office at 9 Ursuline Ave. in Chatham.


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