Renowned Guest Chefs to Prepare Signature Dishes at The Heart Foundation Gala Honoring Wolfgang Puck

Los Angeles, CA – The Heart Foundation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease, will honor celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, businessman and philanthropist Wolfgang Puck with The Steven S. Cohen Humanitarian Award on May 30, 2009, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  The evening will be a spectacular culinary experience with surprise entertainment and signature dishes prepared by special guest chefs.

Among the chefs paying homage to Wolfgang Puck are: Michael Cimarusti of Providence, Los Angeles; Josiah Citrin of Melisse Restaurant, Santa Monica; Joseph Manzare of Globe Restaurant and Zuppa Restaurant, San Francisco; Kazuto Matsusaka and Vicki Fan of BEACON an asian café, Los Angeles; Matt Nichols of Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern, Los Olivos; Richard Reddington of REDD Restaurant, Yountville; Nancy Silverton of La Brea Bakery and Mozza, Los Angeles; Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani of Terra Restaurant, Napa Valley and Ame Restaurant, San Francisco; Lee Hefter of Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining; Matt Bencivenga of Wolfgang Puck Catering; Thomas Boyce of Spago, Beverly Hills; Rene Mata of Chinois on Main, Santa Monica; Ari Rosenson of CUT, Beverly Hills; Sonny Sweetman of LA Live, Los Angeles; Sherry Yard of Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining; Sixto Pocasangre of Wolfgang Puck Catering; and Nicole Lindsay of CUT, Beverly Hills.

The name Wolfgang Puck is synonymous with the best of restaurant hospitality and the ultimate in all aspects of the culinary arts.  Puck has built a gastronomic empire that encompasses three separate entities: Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining, Wolfgang Puck Catering and Wolfgang Puck Worldwide.  Central to all of Wolfgang Puck’s endeavors is his Wolfgang’s Eat, Love, Live® (WELL) philosophy which includes a commitment to provide food made with only the freshest and healthiest natural and organic ingredients available, to celebrate local farmers and seasonal ingredients and to use only humanely-raised animal products.

The Heart Foundation’s goal is to prevent, cure and eradicate heart disease, the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States today.  The foundation supports the groundbreaking cardiac research of Dr. P.K. Shah and his colleagues at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  Dr. Shah and his colleagues are in discussions with the FDA to obtain permission to launch human testing in the last quarter of 2009 of the heart disease vaccine they have developed.

The Heart Foundation was established in 1996 in memory of Steven S. Cohen, an incredible husband, father, son, brother and friend, who lost his life to Sudden Cardiac Death at the age of 35 with no warning signs.

The Steven S. Cohen Humanitarian Award, named for the man whose sudden death transformed a community, recognizes outstanding individuals who effect change within their communities and demonstrate a commitment to the betterment of humankind.  Past recipients include: Berry Gordy, Kirk and Anne Douglas, Norman R. Brokaw, and Marshall Ezralow.

Individual tickets for this event are priced at $1,000, and sponsorships are available.  For more information on The Heart Foundation or this event, call (818) 865-1100 or visit

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Katy Sweet/Pam Giangregorio
Katy Sweet & Associates
(323) 852-0772

Catherine Erlinger
The Heart Foundation
(818) 865-1100

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