Tyson Cole in the House

Uchi head honcho delights Dallas crowd at VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon

Uchi head honcho delights Dallas crowd at VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon

Katie Johnson, Chef Tyson Cole, Francie Mancillas, Caroline Rose Hunt, VNA Celebrity Chef
Katie Johnson, Tyson Cole, Caroline Rose Hunt, Francie Mancillas Photo by Dana Driensky
  Katie Johnson, Katherine Krause, Astrid Merriman, Francie Mancillas, Sara Fraser Crismon, Lori Whitlow, VNA Celebrity Chef
Katie Johnson, Katherine Krause, Astrid Merriman, Francie Mancillas, Sara Fraser Crismon, Lori Whitlow Photo by Dana Driensky
Mary Pat Higgins, Rebecca Fletcher, Lizzie Horchow Routman, VNA Celebrity Chef Competition
Mary Pat Higgins, Rebecca Fletcher, Lizzie Horchow Routman Photo by Dana Driensky
Fanchon and Howard Hallam, VNA Celebrity Chef Competition
Franchon Hallam, Howard Hallam Photo by Dana Driensky
 Catherine Hallam Sweet, Lori Whitlow, VNA Chef Competition
Catherine Hallam Sweet, Lori Whitlow Photo by Dana Driensky
Caroline’s table, VNA Celebrity Chef Competition
Honorary chair Caroline Rose Hunt and friends at the VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon. Photo by Dana Driensky
 Bess and Ted Enloe, Caren Prothro, VNA Celebrity Chef
Bess Enloe, Ted Enloe, Caren Prothro Photo by Dana Driensky
 Chef Tyson Cole, VNA Chef Competition
Tyson Cole Photo by Dana Driensky
Katie Johnson, Chef Tyson Cole, Francie Mancillas, Caroline Rose Hunt, VNA Celebrity Chef
  Katie Johnson, Katherine Krause, Astrid Merriman, Francie Mancillas, Sara Fraser Crismon, Lori Whitlow, VNA Celebrity Chef
Mary Pat Higgins, Rebecca Fletcher, Lizzie Horchow Routman, VNA Celebrity Chef Competition
Fanchon and Howard Hallam, VNA Celebrity Chef Competition
 Catherine Hallam Sweet, Lori Whitlow, VNA Chef Competition
Caroline’s table, VNA Celebrity Chef Competition
 Bess and Ted Enloe, Caren Prothro, VNA Celebrity Chef
 Chef Tyson Cole, VNA Chef Competition

For the fifth annual VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon, co-chairs Katie Johnson and Francie Mancillas, along with honorary chair Caroline Rose Hunt, enticed Uchi chef-owner Tyson Cole to bring his Japanese artistry to Dallas for the event benefiting Meals on Wheels.

The afternoon began with a wine cork pull followed by a meet-and-greet with Cole, who, after operating two successful restaurants in Austin and one in Houston, will open Uchi Dallas in winter 2015.

Once Cole was finished dazzling the crowd with stories about his culinary journey, the afternoon came to a close with a raffle. Prizes included a $5,000 pre-paid credit card, a three-night escape for two at Lake Austin Spa, a couple’s shopping spree at Highland Park Village, two Southwest Airlines ticket vouchers and more.

Perhaps most impressive, Cole offered up a 10-course tasting menu for six at the new Uchi Dallas, as well as a limited-edition woodblock print that reads “To Walk Where Footsteps Have No Sound” by artist Daryl Howard.

Established in 1934, VNA is a nonprofit hat helps older adults live with dignity and independence at home. VNA offers Meals on Wheels in Dallas County, as well as VNA hospice and private care in Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall, Tarrant and Van Zandt counties.