Chef Zaya to lead cooking fundraiser at Embassy

DOWNEY - Downey Symphony Guild's major fundraiser this season will be the long-awaited "Cooking School." This time, executive chef Zaya Mirzaie will preside Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Embassy Suites in Downey.Chef Zaya is a product not only of the Sorbonne University, but also Le Cordon Blue in France. When he moved to the U.S., he worked with respected chefs in fine dining restaurants and deluxe hotels. He and other prominent chefs from around the world cooked for Master Chef Julia Child on her 80th birthday at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey. Many Downey residents were faithful followers of Zaya when he moved his popular Le Chef restaurant in Downey to South Gate. Happy to have him again in our midst, we now go to the Embassy Suites Firestone Grill restaurant to be nourished by him. Always one of the Guild's most popular activities for the community, the cooking school with Chef Zaya promises to be outstanding. He will preside over the portables stoves and for one hour bring forth delectable edibles for all in attendance to sample. He has generously provided recipes for everyone as well. After this demonstration a full-course buffet luncheon will be provided. A silent auction is planned. Other activities will be announced as they are implemented. As always, this undertaking by the Symphony Guild is to provide needed help with the Music in the Schools program and also to help keep our outstanding symphony orchestra performing for us. Reservations for this event will be taken until Oct. 2. Reservations at $40 per person must be made by that date payable to the Downey Symphony Guild, 9700 Garnish Dr., Downey, CA 90240. For additional information, please call (562) 861-8507.

********** Published: September 11, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 21