Photos: Philip Speer, Paul Qui and other Austin chefs go down the side of building to raise awareness about addiction

Chef Philip Speer, left, works with Over the Edge training manager Troy Wilson, right, before he rappels down the Omni Hotel as part of the Shatterproof Challenge Rappel on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. The Shatterproof Challenge Rappel is a national non-profit working towards ending the stigma of addiction. A group of well known Austin chefs, including Paul Qui and Philip Speer, took part in the challenge in a team named 86 Addiction. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Chef Philip Speer, left, works with Over the Edge training manager Troy Wilson, right, before he rappels down the Omni Hotel as part of the Shatterproof Challenge Rappel on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. The Shatterproof Challenge Rappel is a national non-profit working towards ending the stigma of addiction. A group of well known Austin chefs, including Paul Qui and Philip Speer, took part in the challenge in a team named 86 Addiction. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Bonhomie chef Philip Speer rounded up about a dozen of his friends from the Austin restaurant community to rappel down the side of the Omni Hotel in downtown Austin Wednesday to raise money for Shatterproof, an organization that raises awareness about addiction and works to fight the stigma surrounding the disease. Read more about Speer and his efforts here and check out photos of the industry professionals in this gallery.

A crowd watches as people rappel down the side of the Omni Hotel as part of the Shatterproof Challenge Rappel on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. The Shatterproof Challenge Rappel is a national non-profit working towards ending the stigma of addiction. A group of well known Austin chefs, including Paul Qui and Philip Speer, took part in the challenge in a team named 86 Addiction. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
A crowd watches as people rappel down the side of the Omni Hotel as part of the Shatterproof Challenge Rappel on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. The Shatterproof Challenge Rappel is a national non-profit working towards ending the stigma of addiction. A group of well known Austin chefs, including Paul Qui and Philip Speer, took part in the challenge in a team named 86 Addiction. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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