Portland, OR. In its 17th year, the Portland’s Original Iron Chef event raised nearly $200,000 to help keep children safe and build strong families. Chef Christian Russell of The Steakhouse at 9900 was named the 2018 Portland’s Original Iron Chef by a popular vote. He was one of many top local chefs who participated in the culinary benefit. The funds raised will be directed toward the work of three LifeWorks NW‘s Children’s Relief Nurseries that serve children and their caregivers to intervene in situations of child abuse and neglect. Through therapeutic classrooms, parenting classes, home visits and more, the Nurseries see proven positive outcomes in family relationships and children’s development. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

Auctioneer Chris Sheik and Steve Dunn, emcee

Chef Bryant Kryck prepares appetizers

Huber’s Chef Julius Baliola

Winning appetizers prepared by Chef Christian Russell and The Steakhouse at 9900 team.

Chef Christian Russell of The Steakhouse at 9900 shows off his prize for taking top honors.

The El Gaucho Portland team takes time for a selfie.

Alto Bajo showcases traditional Mexican flavors in a modern, distinctive way. At the event it showed off this mushroom stump table decor.

Portland’s Original Iron Chef 2018 competitors included:

Greg Staerkel — Altabira City Tavern 
Bryant Kryck — Alto Bajo
Steve Cain — El Gaucho
Julius Baliola — Huber’s Restaurant
Matthew Howard — Raven & Rose
Beau Carr — Ringside Steakhouse
Tony Meyers — Serratto
Christian Russell — Steakhouse at 9900

From LifeWorks NW:

Every eight minutes in Oregon there is a report of child abuse or neglect. At LifeWorks NW we are fighting to keep children safe and families strong through the proven programs at our Children’s Relief Nurseries. 

Our mission at LifeWorks NW is to promote a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.