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Celebrity chefs help raise $275K for injured food critic

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Max Jacobson, food writer for Vegas Seven, is seen in this undated image. (Source: Vegas Seven) Max Jacobson, food writer for Vegas Seven, is seen in this undated image. (Source: Vegas Seven)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Celebrity chefs helped raise more than $275,000 during an event Sunday in support of a critically injured Las Vegas food writer.

Max Jacobson, food critic at Vegas Seven Magazine, was hit by a car during a walk to the gym on December 23. Since then, he's been in the hospital recovering from brain and head injuries.

Twenty-two famous chefs from around the country prepared a seven-course meal inside Chef Rick Moonen's restaurant, RX Boiler Room inside Mandalay Place. Tickets to the event cost $1,000 each.

In all, $275,799 were raised in the first in a series of events to help Jacobson.

Jacobson's friends and colleagues said the masterpiece meal was well worth the price.

One-hundred diners opened their wallets and fed their appetites to support Jacobson and pay some of his medical bills. Many in the crowd were his friends and colleagues. Other guests were people who don't know Jacobson, but were moved by his story.

"Max is getting better every day. It's probably going to be a slow road to recovery," said Al Mancini, who works with Jacobson at Vegas Seven and co-authored a book with him.

"I think this (event) is the kind of thing he'd love and would be taking notes to quietly rib a few chefs on what they didn't do quite right," Mancini said.

Henderson police have not said if the driver who hit Jacobson will face charges. Investigators said the driver was not intoxicated when the accident happened.

Chefs to the Max event is the first of many planned in support of Jacobson. Details on future "Chefs to the Max" events will be listed on http://www.facebook.com/ChefstotheMax

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