Los Angeles Mission Benefit Party - Food for Cause

(L to R): Chef Yossi, Rachel Bilson, and DJ Jake Hoffman

Hollywood, Ca - Saturday, June 15th, stylish starlette Rachel Bilson, multi-talented DJ Jake Hoffman, and personal chef to the stars Chef Yossi hosted a fun, food-filled evening benefitting the Los Angeles Mission at Hollywood's hottest southern food eatery, Memphis Restaurant. The Los Angeles Mission is a nonprofit organization that serves the homeless living on the streets of downtown Los Angeles' Hope Central (known as Skid Row). The star-studded event also introduced Chef Yossi, a deluxe personal care line for gourmet chefs and 'foodies' alike, to the Los Angeles.

Sizzling celebrities lounged on the plush, velvet chairs and couches and mingled while they sampled the sizzling hors d'oeurves like lamb, sushi, mini tacos, and crab cakes. Carbs or no carbs, everyone was after the hors d'oeurves. In fact, the waitresses found their trays empty within five steps of entering the restaurant! DJ Jake Hoffman entertained the audience as he spun an eclectic mix of 80s, popular clubbing beats, and some good ol' oldies. Gourmet food, adult beverages, great music, and charitable donations resulted in serenely satiated guests and a quite successful evening.

(L to R): Chef Yossi, Dustin Hoffman, and Seamus Culligan

Amidst the succulent sushi and luscious lamb, Chef Yossi introduced Chef Yossi, a high-end line of personal care items for chef's which includes odor-eliminating chef soap, hand moisturizer, burn cream and disposable hand towelettes.

Yossi's newest item, Chef's Burn Cream, is due to hit shelves just in time for fall festivities, like Thanksgiving, that are centered around cooking. Chef's Burn Cream, is a topical wound cream ointment that protects hands while cooking seasonal favorites. The antiseptic instantly disinfects cuts and protects hands from nasty kitchen-borne pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella. Chef's Burn Cream also provides instant pain relief for burns caused by contact with flames or scorching pots and pans. Soothing ingredients such as Vitamin E and witch hazel hydrate chapped skin and leave behind a refreshingly clean scent. Chef's Burn Cream also contains tea tree oil, which reduces the likelihood of scarring and promotes healing so that hands are in perfect condition in no time at all. Chef's Burn Cream is not tested on animals and contains no animal ingredients.

Rachel Bilson

Yossi's budding career began at Spago in Beverly Hills where he trained under world renowned chef, Wolfgang Puck.  Following Spago, he spent three years honing his own style as a chef at Pinot Bistro. He went on to Patina in Hollywood, where he perfected the style that has made him famous.  It didn't take long before the who's who in Hollywood discovered Yossi's talent and a strong following ensued. His whirlwind of a culinary career now includes celebrity clientele like Dustin Hoffman, Cher, Michael Ovitz, Ben Stiller, Blythe Danner, John Malkovich, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, Robert Dinero, Barbara Streisand, Rachel Bilson, Nicole Ritchie, and Giada De Laurentis. 

(L to R): Jeremy Piven and Chef Yossi

Yossi's unique style is influenced by his traditional Israeli roots blended with European Haute cuisine.  Yossi admits, 'I love all foods as long as they are made with the finest and freshest local ingredients.' Adding, 'I chose to live near the Farmer's Market in Santa Monica so I can walk the aisles early in the morning to be inspired for that day's menu.'  A few of Yossi's specialties and favorites include: Miso Crusted Black Cod, Homemade BBQ Ribs, Smoked Cedar Plank Wild Salmon with Brown Butter, Soy, Maple and Meyer Lemon Essence and Veal Milanese with Porcini Mushrooms and White Truffles. Yossi currently divides his time between being a personal chef, running Off the Shelf Catering, an in-demand production and private catering company, and promotes Chef Yossi.

(L to R): Chris Cormier (of the LA Mission) and Chef Yossi; Chef Yossi and Nicole

Adam Brody, James Wilder, Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Piven and Michelle Rodriguez were among the stars who chewed for charity! The three benevolent hosts and their guests raised $3,000 for the Los Angeles Mission.

Dustin Hoffman, 2nd from left and Chef Yossi, 4th from left

The Los Angeles Mission provides hope and opportunity to broken men, women, and children and families in Los Angeles through meeting their spiritual, physical, education, and social rehabilitation needs.

For more information on Chef Yossi and his product line, click here.

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