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17th Annual Chef's Feast fighting childhood hunger: "I had no idea the magnitude it would become."

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NORTH CHARLESTON - (WCSC) -

The 17th Annual Chef's Feast gave folks a taste of Charleston with specialty dishes from Lowcountry chefs. It's all to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank's childhood hunger programs.

"We started with 9 chefs and 300 people came," says Chef Bob Carter of Barony Tavern. 

Seventeen years later and the event has brought in 1,200 people at the North Charleston Convention Center. Chef Carter is behind the cause that's grow into a tradition.

"I wanted to do something that gave back, but I had no idea the magnitude it would become," says Carter.

He says now it's the largest charitable operation in Charleston. A total of ninety percent of the proceeds will go directly to child hunger programs through the Lowcountry Food Bank. One of the five child hunger programs attacks the issue of weekend hunger by sending children home with a backpack full of food.

More than 30 Lowcountry chefs came out to prepare specialty dishes and there was something for everybody's taste.

"You might have braised oxtail over here, you might have grits and grillades over here, you might have shrimp and grits," says Carter.

The Lowcountry Food Bank reports one in four children in our area are at risk for hunger and tonight was all about giving back to them.

"You know our chef's here we feed the fortunate every night, so this is a night we get to feed the less fortunate," says Carter.

In the 17 years Chef's Feast has been going it's raised $1.8 million and provided 11 million meals for Lowcountry children. 

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