November 20, 2019

The 6th Annual Culinary Kickoff™ Comes to Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood with Chefs Charlie Palmer, Michael Mina, Tito Vargas, Michael Voltaggio, Jason Atherton and friends to benefit The Culinary Institute of America

The much-anticipated event to debut a new format at world’s first Guitar Hotel in January 2020

Today, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood announces it will host the sixth annual Culinary Kickoff January 30, 2020 to benefit the Culinary Kickoff Scholarship Fund at The Culinary Institute of America. The event will take place at DAER Dayclub, the hotel’s new outdoor venue and part of the recent $1.5 billion expansion, where celebrated Chefs Charlie Palmer, Michael Mina, Thomas Keller, Michael Voltaggio, Adam Sobel and Scott Romano join hotel Executive Chefs Robert Ciborowski, Alex Becker, Tito Vargas, and Ross Evans for the annual kick-off to the Big Game.

Launched in 2012, Culinary Kickoff was created to launch the Big Game’s weekend festivities with an exclusive event and star-studded after party. The notable chefs, paired with elite wineries, and celebrities, celebrate this event each year to help raise money for the Culinary Kickoff Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for future culinarians and is designed to develop culinary artistry, creativity, and excellence in students during their college studies.

In years past, the Culinary Kickoff format has begun with a cocktail reception followed by a four-course dinner with each course created by the host chefs and paired with wine from winery partners and concluded with a special live music performance and after party. This year, in lieu of a sit-down dinner, host chefs will be helming individual culinary stations offering two versions of a dish. Each station will include a pairing with wine partners including: Silver Oak, Twomey, Charles Woodson, JaM Cellars, John Anthony Vineyards, Hogwash Rose, JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset. Sample menu items include:

  • Chefs Michael Mina and Adam Sobel —Yemenite Beef Short Rib with Matbucha
  • Chefs Charlie Palmer and Scott Romano — Garlic Roasted Duck Breast with truffle perlage, smoked crème fraîche, duck egg emulsion, saffron pepitas
  • Chef Michael Voltaggio’s — Big Game-inspired Shellfish station
  • Abiaka | Chef Tito Vargas — Pork Rillettes, Foie Gras Torchon, Mango Mostarda
  • Kuro | Chef Alex Becker’s Chirashi — Hokkaido Uni, Kegani Crab, Toro Tartar, Caviar

The evening will also be complemented by a dessert station by the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef Ross Evans.

 “We are delighted to host this year’s Culinary Kickoff and partner with the incredible culinary talent that created this amazing event years ago,” said Bo Guidry, President, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. “We look forward to showcasing our new Guitar Hotel and expansion and giving the attendees and guest Chefs an exceptional experience while enjoying all the excitement leading up to game day.”

Previous years’ Culinary Kickoffs have been attended by notable guests, celebrities and sports figures and personalities including: Chefs Charlie Palmer, Michael Mina, Gavin Kaysen, Adam Sobel, Scott Romano, David Burke, Todd English, Ming Tsai, Lasheeda Perry, Big Boi, Charles Woodson, Marshall Faulk, Ronnie Lott, Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Edgerrin James, Warren Moon, Ryan Nece, Larry Fitzgerald, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, Shep Gordon, Victor Cruz, Terrell Owens, Richard Sherman, Lorenzo Alexander, Dion Lewis, Jarvis Green, Kenneth Durden, Ray Ray McLeod, Grant Haley. Leon Bridges, Michele Branch, Michael Franti, Patrick Carney, Tommy Lee, Justin Tuck, Adrian Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Leigh Steinberg, Michael Irvin, Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci, New Power Generation and more…

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About The Culinary Institute of America
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. For more information, visit

About Charlie Palmer Collective

Charlie Palmer Collective grew out of Aureole, American cuisine pioneer Charlie Palmer’s landmark restaurant, originally located in a historic townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Today, Palmer’s flagship Aureole is strategically located at the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. In November 2018, Aureole celebrated 30 years of service, 13 Michelin stars, and 2 James Beard awards. Other coast-to-coast locations encompass an expanding collection of award-winning restaurants and luxurious boutique hotels—many in equally significant historical locations—each designed with distinctive personalities to provide unique experiences. These properties include: Aureole, Charlie Palmer Steak, Upper Story by Charlie Palmer, Charlie Palmer at The Knick, and Crimson & Rye (New York, NY), Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Charlie Palmer Steak at Four Seasons Hotel (Las Vegas, NV), Charlie Palmer Steak (Washington, DC), Charlie Palmer Steak (Reno, Nevada), Charlie Palmer Steak (Napa, CA), Willow by Charlie Palmer (Rhinebeck, New York) and Dry Creek Kitchen at Hotel Healdsburg (Sonoma County, California). Learn more at

About MINA

MINA is a San Francisco-based restaurant management company specializing in creating and operating upscale, innovative restaurant concepts. MINA is led by Chef/Founder Michael Mina whose accolades include James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, and International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year. Operating since 2003, MINA currently manages over 40 restaurants including BARDOT BRASSERIE in Las Vegas; BOURBON PUB at San Francisco International Airport; BOURBON STEAK in DC, Glendale, Miami, Nashville, Orange County, Santa Clara and Scottsdale; BOURBON PUB and MICHAEL MINA’s TAILGATE in Santa Clara; BOURBON PUB at San Francisco International Airport; CLOCK BAR in San Francisco; INTERNATIONAL SMOKE in San Francisco, Houston, Miami and San Diego; LOCALE MARKET and FARMTABLE CUCINA in St Petersburg, Florida; MARGEAUX BRASSERIE and PETIT MARGEAUX in Chicago; MICHAEL MINA in San Francisco and Las Vegas; MINA BRASSERIE in Dubai; MINA’S FISH HOUSE in Oahu; OSTERIA CAL MARE in Los Angeles and Springfield; PABU in San Francisco and Boston; PIZZA & BURGER in Miami Beach; PUB 1842 in Las Vegas; RN74 in Seattle; STRIPSTEAK in Las Vegas, Miami Beach and Waikiki; THE HANDLE BAR in Jackson Hole; THE RAMEN BAR in San Francisco; THE STREET FOOD HALL in Waikiki, and TRAILBLAZER TAVERN in San Francisco. For a complete list of restaurants please visit Follow Chef Michael Mina on Facebook at Michael Mina, and on Instagram and Twitter at @ChefMichaelMina.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship casino resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion on Oct. 24, 2019.  New offerings include 638 upscale guestrooms in the first-ever Guitar Hotel, 168 luxury guestrooms and unique swim-up suites in the adjacent Oasis Tower at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, and 465 newly redesigned guestrooms in Hard Rock Hotel for a combined room count of 1,271 throughout the resort. Additional  amenities include the lush, “Bora Bora” style lagoon with private cabanas and butler service; a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa® & Salon; a 13.5-acre recreational water experience for swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding; 19 dining outlets and 20 bars and lounges; an expansive gaming floor with 3,100 slots, 195 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space including a 38,000 square-foot, carpeted exhibition hall; and a 26,000 square-foot retail promenade. The highly anticipated Hard Rock Live entertainment venue with a 7,000-person capacity, will showcase A-list entertainers, comedy acts, Broadway performances, sporting events and live broadcast productions. The integrated resort is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood Seminole Reservation along State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441), and is 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. For more information, visit us online at, call 800-937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly.

About DAER

DAER South Florida is the second location and continuation of the DAER franchise, in a partnership between the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and MLS Nightclubs. The 44,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor complex is located at the iconic Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and is part of the $1.5 billion Hotel expansion. Mirroring the most popular club trends from Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and beyond, DAER South Florida features three different entertainment venues – nightclub, poolside day club and rooftop destinations. All three venues will feature a lineup of the world’s most sought-after DJs and performing artists, plus state-of-the-art audiovisual technology and bottle service. The game-changing venue will offer the perfect backdrop for bachelor/bachelorette parties, private events and everything in between.

For more information, visit us online at, call 954-779-4750 or follow us: Facebook: DAERSouthFlorida, Twitter: @DAERSouthFL, Instagram: @DAERSouthFL