This year’s honorees – or “Chefs of the Year” – were Thomas Galante, president and CEO of the Queens Library, and Veronica Tsang, senior vice president of Eastern Regions for Cathay Bank.
The event serves as a fundraiser for QCP, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities. If features some of the best restaurants and cuisines the borough has to offer.
And while the Chefs of the Year didn’t actually cook the food they served, they were presented with a chef’s hat and commemorative gold pan.
“All of my friends know that I only know how to make reservations,” Tsang joked.
Tsang is a board member of Flushing Town Hall and St. Michael’s Church, former president of the Flushing Rotary Club, and a community council member at New York Hospital Queens.
“Whatever money we raise tonight will make a difference,” she said. “So buy more raffle tickets.”
Councilman Peter Koo presented Tsang with a proclamation, while Galante received the same from Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. Both were honored by Queens Borough President Helen Marhsall for their contributions to the community and Queens as a whole.
Galante has overseen large overhauls of the Queens Library system. Much of the funding for the renovations came from Marshall’s office, who Galante called a “god to Queens libraries.”
“Queens Library is in a similar business to that of the Queens Center for Progress,” he said. “We’re there to help people, people in need. And I couldn’t think of a better organization to support.”