LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) When UK knocked Louisville out of the Sweet 16, the executive chef at the AZUR restaurant in Lexington also won big on a bet.
“Mutual friends of ours said we should do a bet between chefs from Louisville and Lexington,” said Bill Lynch, the Executive Chef of Bristol Bar & Grille in Louisville.
This bet, based on the outcome of last week's UK vs. U of L game, moved the competition off of the court and into the kitchen.
“We decided that the loser has to go serve tables at the other chef’s restaurant wearing the other team’s colors,” Lynch told us.
So on Thursday, die-hard Cards fan Bill Lynch held up his end of the bet.
“It’s not like I’m wearing a Duke shirt but I did have to go buy a Final Four shirt,” Lynch said as he put on his blue and white Final Four t-shirt that he had to buy and wear after losing the bet.
But the bet didn't stop there.
Chef Lynch also had to serve up a “special dish” consisting of a stuffed bird (a piece of bourbon fried chicken) which was swallowed up by one Wildcat, former UK basketball player Kenny "Sky" Walker.
“I think they should put ‘fried stuffed cardinal’ on the menu!” Kenny Walker exclaimed after digging into the meal.
But both sides say the best part of this bet was raising money for an organization called “Blessings in a Backpack.”
“This money will ensure that kids who need it will have a backpack full of food that will last them the entire weekend and give them nourishment until they return to school,” said Owner and Chef of AZUR, Jeremy Ashby.
Overall, this basketball bet was simply a fun way to support a cause more important than any rivalry.
The chefs say they hope to make this a tradition in basketball seasons to come.
They raised nearly $500 dollars for the "Blessings in a Backpack" organization.