Dozens restaurants celebrate legacy of Philadelphia Chef Jim Burke all month long

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia’s culinary community is often described as family.

When they lost one of their own last month, they came up with a special way to honor it.

More than five dozen restaurants in the city, suburbs and across the country are cooking special ways to honor chef Jim Burke, who lost his battle with cancer last month.

The 49-year-old chef was a fixture on the Philadelphia food scene, many say.

“Anyone who met Jim can tell you what a great man he was,” says Matt Williamson, food and beverage manager at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. “But to see so many other restaurants, not just here and in Philadelphia, but other cities that he’s touched come together and support Team Burke is just amazing.”

More than 65 points mark proceeds of a meal or drink to help Burke’s wife Kristina and their children Sadie and Daniel.

Burke was working at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons in Fishtown at the time of his death.

His crispy octopus is still a bestseller. Burke’s colleagues say it’s the perfect way to honor him.

“We felt this was the best dish to support Team Burke’s fundraiser because it’s not going anywhere,” says Williamson. “It was just ‘Jim on a plate’ and it blew everyone away.”

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