“I didn’t start out working to end hunger. I just wanted to be the best cook I could be, hoping to attract people into my restaurants. As I became successful, I noticed that a fair number of my guests were doing work that I admired, like fighting malnutrition or providing medical care for people who had none. My guests described experiences with people who would never appear in my dining room, and I found myself drawn into that effort.

“I helped raise money and I traveled to Haiti and Rwanda to personally meet the people my guests were serving and work in kitchens there. I learned that food and health insecurity exist close to home—in my community, in the same cities as my restaurants. How could I not have seen this? Today I lend my support to advocates for those who often don’t have enough of anything, let alone voices speaking for them.

“Everybody has a right to be well-fed, to have a secure roof over their head, and to receive quality medical care. A chef can lend her voice. People listen to you when you put something delicious in front of them.”  


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