Hunger had at one point been nearly eliminated in the United States. So how did it become such a massive and pressing issue once again?
Chef and activist Tom Colicchio cites, among other things, a changing political landscape that resulted in a working population left unable to feed themselves and their families.
"When you have a sixth of the population that can't really participate in the American dream, you start questioning whether the American dream is pretty much over," he told CNN's chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour.
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A mentor by definition is a trusted counselor. What's not inherently included in that definition is the form a mentor comes in.
As it were, a mentor can exist in many forms - from father to carpenter to chef.
Chef Jonathan Benno has worked in the kitchens of culinary notables like Thomas Keller and Tom Colicchio, and he willingly acknowledges the lessons he learned from them have been integral in his own success - from James Beard Awards to a "Best New Chef" title.
Benno is now an executive chef in his own right at his first solo project, Lincoln Restaurant, in New York City.
The student has now become the master.
Five Lessons Learned Through Cooking That I Now Pass Along: Jonathan Benno
UPDATE – The House has passed Food Safety Bill (S.510) 215 to 144 - with the provision of S.372, The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. The bill now goes to President Obama to sign.
Sanjay Gupta spoke with chef Tom Colicchio and RedState.com editor-in-chief Erick Erickson about the growing controversy over governmental oversight of food safety, spurred on by the recent unanimous Senate vote in favor of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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