by Kevin Allman
As Ian McNulty wrote yesterday, chef Matthew Murphy of the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans remains hospitalized since Friday with an invasive group A streptococcus infection, which has led to toxic shock syndrome and DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation), a rare, life-threatening condition that prevents blood from clotting normally.
Besides being a longtime fixture on the New Orleans restaurant scene, Mat is also an avid rugby player, a volunteer for various causes in town, the father of quadruplets (!), a rather hilarious Irishman and a generally nice guy.
A benefit featuring dozens of the city's best chefs has been organized for the Murphy family on Sunday, June 14 from 4-8 p.m. at the hotel...the press release tells the whole story:
The event will include tastings from at least two dozen of the citys premier chefs including Scott Boswell, Justin Devillier, Tenney Flynn, Donald Link, John Folse, Bob Iacovone, Brian Landry, Duke LoCicero, Jean Luc, Gus Martin, Mark Quitney, Greg Reggio, Jacques Saleun, Susan Spicer, Chuck Subra and Kevin Vizard to name a few. Calls and e-mails have been pouring in day and night from chefs, the hospitality community and individuals who have worked with the chef from as far away as China. The Murphy Family Fundraiser is a testament to one of the citys most beloved chefs. Murphy has been with the hotel since 2002 and was appointed to the position of Executive Chef in 2006.
A silent auction will feature everything from multiple night stays at exclusive hotels and resorts around the world, autographed copies of the participating chefs cookbooks, celebrity memorabilia, artwork, wine, gift certificates and jewelry. There will be a wish board for each eighteen month-old Murphy quadruplet (Margaret, Molly, Carolyn and Elizabeth) and donations to the Murphy fund can be made on-site thanks to Capital One.
The funds will go towards the chefs hospital care and childcare to assist Chef Mat Murphys wife, Alicia, who is pregnant with their fifth child. The ticket price for the event is $65 and patrons can call Restaurant Reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans directly at 504-670-2828.
Updates on Mat's condition will be at the family's Web site, www.murphyquads.com.