Men Who Cook

Men Who Cook: Cooking for a Cause 25th Anniversary a Great Success on October 20th

  Men Who Cook has been and continues to be a significant and meaningful part of our story. 

Over the past 25 years this event has grown to become our biggest annual fundraiser, with all proceeds benefiting the women and families that we service on the CT Shoreline.  


The evenings emcee was returning award-winning celebrity chef and Food Network Chopped Champion, Chef Ric Orlando who judged the dishes that were made and served to everyone at the event by 28 local “Men Who Cook” chefs.  This year’s award winners for Crowd Favorite Appetizer was first time chef Randy McNamara of Branford with his crab and avocado mousse and Crowd Favorite Main Dish was to 7x Men Who Cook chef, Todd Angkatavanich, for his short ribs with quail eggs and hollandaise sauce dish. Chef Ric Orlando awarded the Chef’s Award for the evening to first time Men Who Cook chef Tony D’Occhio of Madison for his turkey meatballs and penne pasta 

Thank you for celebrating with us this year!

Save the Date:  Next year Men Who Cook will be on  October 25, 2020 at The Woodwinds in Branford

The 2019 Men Who Cook Chefs

The 2019 Men Who Cook Chefs

Thank you to Ric Orlando, our Men Who Cook Emcee and guest judge!  New Haven native Ric defeated Bobby Flay on the hit Food Network series ‘BEAT BOBBY FLAY’ and is also a past ‘Chopped’ champion. Find out more about Ric here!


Thank You!


The support that the Women & Family Life Center receives from Men Who Cook helps women and families move closer to economic security and success, access safe and affordable housing, take steps toward freedom from violence and harassment and build a community and confidence. 

Thank you to our chefs, community members and business leaders that attend and sponsor our annual Men Who Cook Fundraising Gala.  Because of YOU our 2018 event was a tremendous success; we had 33 local "Men Who Cook" chefs that served 175 guests at our sold out event.