In 2009, some of the nation's most recognized chefs will once again band together on a national tour to fight childhood hunger in America. Share Our Strength's A Tasteful Pursuit, presented by Lexus, a national touring dinner series, will make stops in the nation’s top culinary cities. The series will launch on Jan. 26, 2009, at the prestigious Lever House in New York City. Other tour stops include Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Dallas, Nashville and Palm Beach. Funds raised from the dinner will support Share Our Strength, a national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry.

A Tasteful Pursuit's founding chef and now the executive chef of the Lever House, Bradford Thompson, will be this year’s national spokesperson. Thompson will participate in events throughout the season. An award-winning chef and a strong advocate for Share Our Strength, he has been honored as one of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs of 2004, and was the recipient of the prestigious James Beard Award: Best Chef Southwest in 2006. In 2005, Share Our Strength honored him as its Outstanding Chef of 2005, for his extraordinary contributions to Share Our Strength and his efforts to ending childhood hunger in his community.

The 2009 tour features chefs from across the nation, including:
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