Parade of Chefs returning to deliver the royal treatment in 2023

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s (CKHAF) 18th Annual Parade of Chefs, presented by Precise ParkLink, will make its eagerly awaited return on September 28, 2023 after a three-year hiatus. Featuring an exciting new theme, A Royal Affair with Local Flair, the event will be held at The Chatham Armoury, which will be transformed into The RBC Royal Palace for one special night.

Tickets for this highly anticipated fundraising event will go on sale starting Monday, March 27, and will be available for $225.00 per guest.

“We are so excited to bring the royal treatment to our honoured guests with the return of our 18th Annual Parade of Chefs, presented by Precise ParkLink,” states Mary Lou Crowley, CKHAF President & CEO. “Purchase your tickets starting on March 27th to enjoy an evening of elegance with a distinct flavour that you’ll only find right here in Chatham-Kent. Local physicians will serve as our Royal Butler Wine Servers, delicious food will be prepared by a variety of local chefs, local wine and spirits will be available throughout the evening, and all proceeds will support local healthcare.”

Chef Darren McGrady, The Royal Chef, former personal chef for the Royal FamilyThe Celebrity Host for this year’s event, presented by TD Canada Trust, will be Chef Darren McGrady, who served as the personal chef for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Princes William and Harry for fifteen years. In addition to sharing firsthand insights and anecdotes about his time spent with the royal family, Chef Darren will also curate the menu for the evening’s four-course dining experience.

“Our community has never seen an event like this before. We can’t wait to transform The Chatham Armoury for one special night into the RBC Royal Palace as we enjoy an exquisite evening of royal fun and exclusive experiences for all of our honoured guests,” says Karen Ewald, Chair of the 2023 Parade of Chefs Planning Committee. “In addition to celebrating an unforgettable evening, we can’t wait to raise funds to help our local hospital provide high quality healthcare to patients from across Chatham-Kent, because we all know how important that is.”

Proceeds from the event will support the purchase of an ORTHO VISION – Swift Analyzer for the Laboratory Transfusion Medicine Department at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA).

“Transfusion Medicine Services are crucial to so many departments throughout the hospital, including the Emergency Department, Operating Room, and Oncology/Cancer Clinic, among many others,” states Lori Marshall, President & CEO of CKHA. “The purchase of this ORTHO VISION – Swift Analyzer will ensure that CKHA’s Laboratory has the state-of-the-art equipment necessary to prepare for patient transfusions as efficiently as possible, and we are delighted to have our community support the purchase of this equipment though the exciting return of Parade of Chefs.”

CKHAF is grateful for all of its corporate partners for making this event possible through their support. Event partners include Precise ParkLink, who returns as Presenting Sponsor for Parade of Chefs in 2023, as well as RBC Royal Bank, the event’s Royal Palace Sponsor, TD Canada Trust, the event’s Celebrity Host Sponsor, and Apollo Property Management & Development, His Majesty’s VIP Sponsor for the event.

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting, over the phone by calling 519-436-2538, or in person at the Foundation office at 9 Ursuline Avenue in Chatham. Capacity is limited, so ticket sales will close once the event has sold out.