The 21st Annual Men Who Cook


Rick Clapp, Bay Area Houston magazine CEO and a celebrity chef for 19 years, and NASA’s Tom Diegelman await the arriving crowd.

Feb. 10, 2015
Lakewood Yacht Club

By Mary Alys Cherry

A crowd of several hundred jammed the Lakewood Yacht Club for the 21st Annual Men Who Cook, benefitting Seabrook Rotary and the Seabrook Police Officers’ Association Charities.

They arrived to find more than 40 “Celebrity Chefs” serving up a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts such as Prime Rib, Goza, Tuscan Chicken, BBQ Brisket, Arroz con Pollo, BBQ Ribs, King Ranch Chicken, Central Texas Smoked Brisket, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Quesadilla Casserole, Mexican Lasagna, Fiesta Shrimp, even Jambalaya.
Getting quite a few “yums” from the hungry crowd.

They also arrived with high hopes they might win the Reverse Draw — $10,000 in gold coins with $1,000 in silver coins going to the runnerup, which was won by a group that included Mike Fried, Gary and Lissa Johnson, Pat Carr, Dr. Dustin Young, Jeff Martin, Marianne Tucker  and Bob Martin. The Consolation Prize of $1,000 worth of silver was won by was Annette Causey.

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Former Seabrook Mayors Gary Renola, left, and Jack Fryday were among the cooks at the Seabrook Men Who Cook. Fryday has been a celebrity chef for 19 years and Renola for 10 years.

Chip Boteler was chairman of the event with Pam Arnold in charge of the Reverse Draw, which sold out early as the 300 tickets that sold for $100 each were snatched up early.

Several of the chefs – including three former Seabrook mayors – are getting to be old hands at this. Jack Fryday, Hans Mair and Rick Clapp have been Men Who Cook for 19 years while Charlie Clemmons and Tom Davies have been chefs for 17 years.

Others with quite a bit of experience under their belts include Mike DeHart, 16; David Imbrie, 14; Trey Hafely, 12; Chip Boteler, John Collins and Robin Riley, 11; and Chris Kurzadowski and Gary Renola, 10.



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