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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.
Get more on S.510 - the Food Safety Modernization Act:
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Heaping platters of turkey, bowls of gravy-slathered mashed potatoes, endless pies and more than plenty for leftovers; for millions of children across the United States, a meal like this is as far-fetched a Christmas fantasy as Santa actually dropping down their chimney.
Winter break is anything but a wonderland for children in many of the nation's estimated 44 million food insecure families, who rely on school lunch for sustenance.
Nearly 16 percent of US households with children were food insecure during 2009, according to the most recently published United States Department of Agriculture figures, meaning that they did not have consistent access to adequate food for active, healthy lives for all household members. CNN Money reports that 14 percent of the nation's population - or 1 out of 7 people - is now living on food stamps.
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Tom Colicchio is a man on a mission - several of them in fact. In addition to testifying before the House on behalf of school lunch reform, the chef, restaurateur and Top Chef judge recently traveled to Louisiana to see the effects of the BP oil spill on the fishing industry, firsthand.
In the video below, Colicchio strongly advocates the sale and consumption of Gulf Coast seafood. Eatocracy sat down with him after that interview to get more on how home consumers across the country can stand up for embattled fisherman and how he's using Twitter as a way to spread his message.
To many, it seems pretty cut and dried. Some kids' families can't afford to feed them enough at home - they should get a decent lunch at school. For free, ideally.
However others don't see it that way, as evidenced by the response to our Q & A with celebrity chef Tom Colicchio on the topic of childhood hunger and healthcare reform. Some heated debate ensued and in the interest of spurring open, honest dialogue about a weighty matter, here are some of the arguments that were presented.
On the child-free subsidizing school lunches via taxes
Top Chef's Tom Colicchio is on a mission to make healthy school lunches accessible to every kid. How do things stack up in your neck of the woods?
As always, sound off in the comments. We just might share especially insightful ones in a future feature.
Tom Colicchio is a busy man. In addition to his recent fact-finding Gulf Seafood mission, the chef, restaurateur and Top Chef head judge testified before the House of Representatives, advocating for H.R.5504, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act.
He spoke with Eatocracy about his family's fight against childhood hunger, the curse of cheap calories and the sheer terror of appearing before our nation's elected officials.
(Stay tuned for part two of the interview tomorrow on the topic of Gulf Coast seafood and the power of social media to carry a message.)
Eatocracy: What is your personal connection with school lunch reform?
Tom Colicchio: My mother managed a school cafeteria. A couple of years back, my brothers and I were trying to get her to retire. Sitting down with her, we said "Mom, you're always complaining that you're tired. You're fine. You don't have to work anymore."
She said, "I work because I know the kids coming into my lunchroom and the kids coming for breakfast - this is probably the only thing they're going to eat all day."
Tom Colicchio wears plenty of hats - chef, restaurateur, Top Chef judge, father of two, son of a lunch lady and now, advocate for H.R.5504, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act.
See his testimony before the House of Representatives in the video above and read Eatocracy's exclusive interview with Colicchio on the topic of childhood hunger, and stay tuned for more of his thoughts on the Gulf Coast oil spill and how he's using Twitter to manage his message.