Milwaukee chefs turn McDonald's into gourmet meals at 8th annual Unwrapped Milwaukee fundraiser

NOW: Milwaukee chefs turn McDonald’s into gourmet meals at 8th annual Unwrapped Milwaukee fundraiser

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee's top chefs filled bellies and helped shape the future at SHARP Literacy's 8th annual Unwrapped Milwaukee fundraiser on Wednesday, May 18.

The theme for this year's fundraiser tasked chefs with recreating their favorite childhood meals only ingredients used at McDonald's.

The chefs were able to choose from a list of ingredients used in past or current menu items. McDonald's donated all of the ingredients for the event.

Chef Tom McGinty from Milwaukee Athletic Club made a Salisbury steak with truffled potatoes. 

Chef Ashton Rotman of Rot's Hots Food Truck made a chili-honey chicken waffle sandwich with hash browns.

Chef Brian Taborski of Saz's Hospitality Group made a McGriddle funnel cake sundae.

Chef Amanda Wisth of Lemonyay made crispy fish sticks with lemon aioli and scallion cilantro tots. 

Chef Brent Davis of Bacchus made braised lamb and beef shepherd's pie with vegetables.

Chef Peter Snow of Wards House of Prime made sweet and sour chicken stir fry. 

While the food got people in the door, the purpose of Unwrapped Milwaukee is raising money to expand children's learning throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

SHARP Literacy had a fundraising goal of $80,000. 

"We bring our program into the schools at no charge. So, in order for us to continue to do that and serve more students, we need to raise more dollars," SHARP Literacy President and CEO Lynda Kohler said.

The nonprofit's mission is to sharpen students' creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.

The same skills the chefs were tasked with at the event.

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