David Chang to cook in Houston for star-studded Southern Smoke event

Five-time James Beard Award-winner David Chang and Matthew Rudofker of Momofuku will join the lineup of chefs at

David Chang, one of America's most famous restaurateurs, and Matthew Rudofker, director of culinary operations for Chang's Momofuku empire, have been added to the already-star-studded lineup for Southern Smoke, the Oct. 22 live-fire fundraiser held in and around the Montrose campus of Underbelly restaurant.

Organizers also announced Wednesday that the third annual event would double its footprint, adding 200,000 feet of space of block party fun. The expanded space will accommodate Chang and Rudofker's cooking station as well as a WeWork-sponsored lounge with yard games and a bar. 

James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd (Underbelly, One Fifth) founded Southern Smoke in 2015 to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, after his friend and sommelier Antonio Gianola was diagnosed with MS. The 2017 event will benefit hospitality industry workers affected by Hurricane Harvey, via Legacy Community Health. Applications for assistance are still being accepted here.

Southern Smoke has quickly become one of Houston's most high-profile culinary events, bringing in top chefs and pitmasters from around the United States. This year's headlining chefs have a staggering 13 James Beard Awards between them. They include: five-time Beard winner Chang; Rudofker; New Orleans superchef John Besh; Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue in Austin; whole hog maestro Rodney Scott of Scott's Barbecue in South Carolina; Jason Stanhope and Mike Lata of FIG in Charleston, S.C.; Ashley Christensen of Poole's Diner and other restaurants in North Carolina; and the HOU BBQ Collective, comprised of Justin Yu (of the late Oxheart and new Theodore Rex); Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan (The Pass & Provisions); and Ryan Pera of Coltivare. Other Houston chefs will be about assisting and cooking as well, such as Hugo Ortega and Kata Robata's Manabu Horiuchi. (Click through the slideshow above for the gamut.)

According to a release, Chang and Rudofker were among the first of Shepherd's friends around the country to reach out and offer to help after Harvey blew through town. The duo will serve 44 Farms Korean-style beef short rib ssam at Southern Smoke. This is not Chang's first rodeo in Houston. He was here earlier this year, filming a yet-to-be-announced project. Before that, he called Houston "the next global food mecca" in a story for GQ. 

Other new bells and whistles at the 2017 iteration: VIP lounges featuring Knob Creek batched cocktails and premium wines from Krug, Hirsch Vineyards, Failla and Cruse, as well as Knob Creek tasting tents.

Also of note: the impressive auction. The wine portion is up online now; additional items -- vintage bourbon tasting with Preston Van Winkle at Chris Shepherd's house! -- will be live Oct. 20.

Tickets are $200 for general admission and $350 for VIP, which includes early entry, gift bag containing cookbooks from visiting chefs and access to lounges with premium cocktails and wine. You can buy them at southernsmoke.org.

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