Chef Brian Loiacono
We are proud to recognize Chef Brian Loiacono for his generous support of our New York Best Cellars Dinner. Each year Chef Brian donates his time to provide an in-home chef experience, one of the most coveted items in the live auction that generates significant revenue for our cancer research programs.
"The T.J. Martell Foundation means more to me than most would think because awhile back, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. So, the work they do is very personal to me,” said Brian.
“A few years ago, a gentleman named Bruce Gearhart introduced me to the T.J. Martell Foundation and invited me to their New York Best Cellars Dinner. Their contribution to medical science and the aid they've provided for thousands is the result of one of the most influential charity organizations I've experienced. The foundation has given me the confidence to explore and grow into my best self. The dedication, selflessness and love this group provides encourages others to dig deep into themselves and realize the potential they have to help others. I remember sitting at one of the Best Cellar Dinners and thinking to myself, ‘I can do more here, I need to learn more about food, I need to go to school.’ So, I’ve offered an auction item of cooking in a private home for the past few years which has raised thousands of dollars for cancer research. I am happy to contribute in this way. A couple years have passed, and at 31 I'm almost finished with a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition with Purdue University Global. The foundation has been like a family to me, inviting me and my mom to several events. I will continue to grow with the T.J. Martell Foundation and find new ways to help raise money for research.”