When I was a little girl, my father would make me breakfast and I remember waking up early just thinking about what I would get to eat; bowls of granola and bananas that I would dig out and drown in milk. Homemade pancakes with perfect blueberries and maple syrup, and eggs…so so many eggs, he said, because they were so so good for me. I’d like to believe that those memorable childhood breakfasts fueled my now-adult dreams – of becoming a chef and professional athlete. Of changing the world through food.
As a chef, I see that it’s my role in the world to nourish my community with healthy, wholesome food that connects, engages, creates conversation about well-being and fuels dreams. Every child deserves a memorable breakfast and no child in America should grow up hungry. But too many kids in our country don’t have the food they need to thrive or dream big.
I first became involved with ChefsCycle for NoKidHungry in the spring of 2016, driven to help those in my community – and all over the United States – access healthy, delicious food. I helped the organization to raise over $1million dollars and completed the three-day, three-hundred-mile ride in California and had the chance to meet and collaborate with 150 other chefs and culinary professionals about our cause, and about the power of our movement. Healthy chefs think about food in a different way, they cook and prepare food from a fresh perspective, and their actions drive our national approach to food in a different direction. One that – hopefully – puts more healthful meals in more mouths, and makes everyone more aware about the physical, emotional, economic, and community implications of what we choose to eat.
In May of 2017, I’ll return to ChefsCycle with a team of 9 culinary colleagues from Boulder, Colorado to ride 300 miles in 3 days with 250+ fellow culinary professionals in Santa Rosa, CA. We’re aiming to raise $2M to help end childhood hunger in America with No Kid Hungry – every $1 we raise can help connect a child with up to 10 meals through the free breakfast program present in each school district across the nation. Along the way, we’ll have the opportunity to learn, share, and make an important statement about the importance of healthy chefs in our communities and in the world:
When we’re healthy and thriving, our food helps others to thrive as well.
You can help us to achieve our goal by donating to my personal or our team page, or by attending one of the events we host here in Boulder. Thank you for your support in this incredibly important cause, and thank you for believing that good food does GOOD for our communities!
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