Welcome to Le Bon Appetit 2014


Le Bon Appetit, hosted by Chef Kelly English and Le Bonheur Club, is a charity event benefiting Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, the region’s only comprehensive pediatric medical facility. Le Bonheur Children's Hospital treats more than 250,000 children each year – the majority are younger than five years of age. Named by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children’s Hospital, children come to Le Bonheur from throughout the country and the world for state-of-the-art care.

The funds raised from this year's benefit will go toward the purchase of a pediatric ambulance to assist Le Bonheur in providing the highest quality medical care for children in need.



Children Need More than Medicine to Get Well

Children’s hospitals are special places for children. Because it takes more than medicine to heal, Le Bonheur offers many services designed to support families during a stressful time, including Child Life and Spiritual Care services.

Children and their families travel from long distances for Le Bonheur’s expert care. Your support makes the difference in the life of Le Bonheur’s patients! The funds from this year’s event will purchase a specialized ambulance that will allow more children to come to Le Bonheur for treatment.



Cuisine for a Cause

This extraordinary culinary tasting event to benefit Le Bonheur Children's Hospital will be the most prestigious gourmet benefit in Memphis. On April 5, 2014, patrons will gather at Minglewood Hall to sample the finest delicacies prepared by 32 chefs from across the United States. To complement the chefs' cuisine, and premium wines selected to compliment each dish will be featured at the event.

Guests will also have an opportunity to bid on fantastic one-of-a-kind items, many provided by the chefs themselves, in the silent auction. Entertainment will be provided by one of the region's finest vocalists and nationally renowned blues artists, the B.B. King Blues Club All*Stars.



Chef Kelly English

Event Creator and Chef Chair



2009 Food & Wine magazine “Best New Chef,” Chef Kelly English is inspired by the familiar flavors from his childhood in southern Louisiana and incorporates that inspiration into each dish he cooks. English currently implements this inspiration for food and service in his sister restaurants, Restaurant Iris and The Second Line in Memphis, Tennessee.
Kelly English has had a great deal of success in a relatively short career, resulting from his hard work and passion. After putting himself through college at the University of Mississippi by working as a cook in local kitchens, English decided to get serious about his passion for food. He graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America at the top of his class, and studied both in Spain and France.


After years of working in some of New Orleans' most celebrated restaurants, English went to Memphis with hopes of opening his own restaurant. He made that dream a reality with the opening of Restaurant Iris in 2008. In 2010, English was named a James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast. Also in 2010, he appeared on the Food Network's “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” and earned the Memphis Restaurant Association’s “Restaurateur of the Year” award. In February 2012, English was named Memphis’ “Prince of Porc” in the national COCHON555 competition, earning him a seat at the 2012 Aspen Food & Wine Festival.

English has been featured in the popular cooking magazines Food & Wine magazine, Everyday with Rachel Ray and Bon Appétit, the cookbook Wild Abundance, and has cooked alongside Wolfgang Puck at the American Wine and Food Festival. English also serves on the Founder's Council for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and was named a “Young Memphian” by the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce and “Top 40 Under 40” by the Memphis Business Journal in 2013.


Restaurant Iris, a charming French-Creole restaurant near the historic Overton Square of midtown Memphis, has taken the Memphis dining scene by storm. Among its many accolades, Restaurant Iris has received a four-star review from the Commercial Appeal and was voted “Best Fine Dining” and “Best Date Night” in the publication’s “Memphis Most” Reader’s Poll.

Restaurant Iris was also voted Memphis' “Best Restaurant,” “Best Chef” and “Best Service” four years in a row by Memphis magazine readers. In 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009, Memphis Flyer readers voted English and Restaurant Iris “Best Restaurant” and “Best Chef.” Restaurant Iris was named “Editors Choice: Best Restaurant” by At Home Tennessee, “Best Bet Outside of Louisiana” by Louisiana Life magazine, and “Hot New Restaurant” by Delta magazine.

English’s second restaurant, The Second Line, is located right next door to its older sister in Midtown Memphis. The Second Line boasts a casual atmosphere, complete with traditional New Orleans favorites like po’ boys, seafood plates, roasted meats, all served in a bar. The Second Line continues English’s commitment from Restaurant Iris to use fresh and local ingredients whenever possible on all menu items.