New York - Kosher home cooking has become so popular that cooking events for charity are drawing huge crowds. More than 150 people participated at a Top Chef-styled fundraiser at the Lincoln Square Synagogue on September 21st called “Chop Hunger,” which raised money for Masbia, the largest network of kosher soup kitchens in New York, serving 2.2 million meals every year out of three locations—two in Brooklyn and one in Queens.On September 14th close to 300 women participated in the American Friends of Laniado Hospital’s Grand Women’s Cook-Off right near the Brooklyn Bridge at 26 Bridge St. The event was a benefit evening for the new Birthing Center at Laniado. There was a great deal of emotion during a special video presentation about the love and dedication of Laniado Hospital’s Maternity Department, followed by an address by the evening’s Chairwoman, second generation Laniado supporter, Mrs. Suzi Klein. Her moving words touched the hearts of all the women gathered there, many of whom felt a real affinity with her story. Some of the kosher companies that sponsored the events included the Royal Wine Company, Pomegranate, Abeles & Heymann, Bertram Foods, BK Venues, Quality Frozen, and Kosher.com. Both events featured some of the best known chefs in the kosher world, including Jeff Nathan of Abigail’s, Itta Werdiger Roth, Levana Kirschenbaum, Ilan Kornblum, Bryan Gryka of Milt’s in Chicago, Asaf Hadad of Fuego in Miami, Mendel Segal of BBQ Rabbi in Kansas City.