Food & Beverage
January 8, 2018

Kuro Hosts Friends of James Beard Collaboration Dinner with James Beard Award Winners: Chef Stephanie Izard and TV Personality Ted Allen

 Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating its valued relationship with the James Beard Foundation, Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., will host its third annual Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner on Friday, March 2, 2018. This event welcomes national culinary talent and comes on the heels of Kuro’s recent sold-out dinner at the distinguished James Beard House in New York City. The collaboration dinner kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a five-course dinner prepared by Seminole Hard Rock and Kuro’s Creative Culinary Director Chef Alex Q. Becker and James Beard Award winner Chef Stephanie Izard of Chicago’s Girl & the Goat; Little Goat; and Duck Duck Goat. Emceeing the evening is guest of honor, multiple James Beard Award winner, cookbook author and Emmy Award-winning host of Food Network’s “Chopped” and “Chopped Junior,” Ted Allen. Following the dinner, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Chefs Becker and Izard on the evening’s culinary offerings, moderated by Allen.

Izard was the 2013 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef: Great Lakes.” She is the executive chef/partner of three critically acclaimed restaurants in Chicago. Most recently, Izard competed in the Food Network’s “Iron Chef Gauntlet,” where she defeated Chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Masaharu Morimoto for the title of Iron Chef.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the James Beard Foundation’s National Scholars program. Launched in 2016, the program provides high-impact scholarships of $20,000 to culinary-focused candidates of exceptional talent. Candidates are selected based on academic merit, as well as personal and professional references. Ten candidates are selected each year from across the country.

Tickets are priced at $175 per person and can be purchased via Space is limited. For more information on the event, please visit:

Kuro is located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at One Seminole Way in Hollywood, Florida. Dinner is served nightly, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Telephone: 800-937-0010;

About Kuro

Located in the AAA Four Diamond-rated Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Kuro is the resort’s new-style Japanese restaurant featuring contemporary, artisanal fare created by pairing classic Japanese techniques with both locally sourced and imported ingredients. At the helm is Executive Chef Alex Becker who brings more than two decades of culinary experience and is recognized as one of the region’s most notable chefs. The sophisticated and wholly unique concept offers an interactive dining experience in traditional kaiseki-style: a multi-course dinner designed to tease the palate with flavors, textures and techniques starting with the lightest fare and progressing to spicier and richer dishes. The innovative beverage program features handcrafted cocktails showcasing fresh Japanese flavors. Designed by the esteemed David Mexico Design Group, the 9,500-square-foot resort showpiece boasts a socially vibrant, open-theater design that encourages diners to become part of the action with open views of the kitchen, sushi bar, lounge and outdoor bar patio.

About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. 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 students of culinary arts and food policy, 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 Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation’s blog, or subscribe to the free digital newsletter Beard Bites. Follow @beardfoundation on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat. Watch the James Beard House Kitchen Cam, James Beard Awards, and more on the Foundation’s Livestream channel. Find more JBF-related video on the Foundation’s YouTube channels.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is South Florida’s iconic entertainment destination located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach. The AAA Four Diamond-rated resort features 469 luxury guest rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club Bar & Grill, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, premium meeting and convention space and a 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. The casino offers 120 table games, 2,000 of the newest and most popular slots and a 37-table 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. In the heart of the hotel is L Bar, a sophisticated, contemporary lounge showcasing handcrafted classic cocktails with a twist. Contemporary and casual eateries, include 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 179 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

For more information, call 800-937-0010, visit us online at, or follow us on Facebook: @SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly