Franklin Becker

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HometownBrooklyn, NY Competing forAutism Speaks

Born and bred in Brooklyn, NY, Chef Franklin Becker is a busy man. In addition to penning his third book on healthy cooking, titled Good Fat, Great Flavor, Chef Becker is opening three new restaurants in NYC within the next year.  A seasoned chef, Becker has garnered numerous accolades, including being named a Rising Star by StarChefs.com in 2006 and winner of The Burger Bash at the New York City Wine & Food Festival in 2011. Throughout his career, Becker has received glowing reviews from such acclaimed critics as Gael Greene of New York Magazine, William Grimes of The New York Times, who wrote that Becker has “a talent for delivering big, punchy flavors,” and while Becker was at Capitale in 2003, Esquire’s John Mariani named it “Best New Restaurant in America.” Becker is a regular on television, too, and has appeared on shows such as Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, and more. Becker's most important role, however, is also the organizer and chairman of Autism Speaks to Wall Street, a Celebrity Chefs Gala that will see its seventh annual event on October 21st, 2013. With his eldest son Sean on the autistic spectrum, Becker feels as if it is his duty to educate and raise awareness about the condition. The gala has proven to be a massive success, extending its reach well beyond celebrity chefs to include musician Harry Connick Jr., who entertained a crowd of highly regarded businessmen and world-class chefs. To date, the event has raised more than 9 million dollars for the Autism Speaks charity.