Ruben Studdard

*Real Men Cook for Charity in its 21st year was a huge success on Sunday Father’s Day at the Georgia Railroad Depot.

American Idol Winner and International Recording Artist Ruben Studdard thrilled the crowd of more than 2,000 as he sang “I Surrender All” and “I Need An Angel”

The new vegan who has lost 100 pounds traveled from his hometown of Birmingham Alabama to participate in Real Men Cook and brought along his wife Atlanta native Surata Zuri McCants and father in law Joseph McCants.

“Ruben was a major contributor to the best Real Men Cook event since we started having it here in Atlanta in 1998, said Diane Larche’, manager of the event.

“We also were able to bring awareness to health issues facing the African American community while celebrating A frican American men and the family on Father’s Day,” added Kevin Ashford, spokesman for Real Men Cook Atlanta. Some of the issues highlighted were Prostate Cancer, Alzheimers disease, Lupus, high blood pressure, heart disease and childhood obesity.  

More than 100 everyday fathers, professional chefs, caterers and restaurant owners participated in Real Men Cook this year.


The Real Men of Atlanta who cooked this year


Winners of prizes for their exquisite cuisine were:

Appetizers:  Chef Fanning (dish is the Mango Shrimp)Entrees:  Tie between DeCuir Catering (Lobster Macaroni and Cheese) and Creole Culinary Club (Corn Mashu – this is based on the writing/spelling on the judges’ sheet)Desserts:  Cartel Catering (Sweet Alva)

Appetizers:  Mike Holmes (Veggie Pasta Salad)
Entree:  Myron Tate and Rev. Michael Stinson, M.D. (Pork Ribs, steak and homemade barbecue sauce)
Dessert:  Shombe Jones (Peach Cobbler)

People’s Choice :
Cartel Catering (Chocolate Covered Strawberries)

Celebrities in attendance: Ruben Studdard, Jerome Bettis of the Pittsburgh Steelers and ESPN; Chef Jason Ellis of Fox TV’s Hell’s Kitchen; Roger Bobb of Tyler Perry Studios; Chef Jamika Pessoa of Food Network’s Next Food Network Star; Actress/Author Victoria Rowell;Congressman John Lewis; Fulton County Commission Chair John Eaves;City Council members C.T. Martin and Michael Bond; Ludacris Personal Chef and Executive Chef of Strait Restaurant Chef Will Boxx; Four Time Super Bowl Champion and Vice President of Waffle House Carlton Williamson; Leigh Torrence of the 2010 Superbowl Champs New Orleans Saints, Chef Keith Kash of Who’s Got Soul Restaurant and personal Chef for Ed Hartwell of Real Housewives of Atlanta. John Bachman and Jovita Moore of WSBTV 2 along with Sam Crenshaw of WXIA TV 11 served as guest hosts.     

Real Men Cook for Charity Atlanta 2010 was sponsored by State Farm Insurance, Newell Rubbermaid, Calphalon, WSB TV 2, Ligatt Security, the Alzhiemers Association Georgia Chapter, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Waffle House,  Underground Atlanta, Federal Home Loan Bank; Atlanta City Council, Dove Mailing, AIB TV, Atlanta Daily World, Atlanta Voice, Rolling Out, On Common Ground,Atlanta Inquirer, WVEE FM, WAOK AM, Visions Inc.and Larche’ Communications LLC.

The Ruben Studdard Foundation, CHOICES for Kids, Communities in Schools and Real Men Charities were the benefiting charity partners.

Diane Larche’
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