CFH Welcomes Our Global Culinary Ambassadors
Those who share a passion - and even a profession - in the culinary world have a unique and intuitive understanding of the importance of healthy ingredients and good nutrition. Throughout our travels, we have found that people who have a passion for food and its preparation are likely to be passionate about ending hunger and malnutrition and nourishing their communities.
Chefs for Humanity’s mission is to galvanize chefs and culinary enthusiasts around this shared passion to end hunger and malnutrition for the world’s children. We are proud to stand in partnership with these dedicated humanitarians and culinary talents, each of whom brings special gifts and shared understanding that together, we can make a meaningful difference. We celebrate these Chefs for Humanity and are proud to have them as our Global Culinary Ambassadors.
Our Latest Ambassador
Miriam and her mother Saskia Padberg have been making a positive
difference in their community for years.
As owners of the Brasserie Quartier Latin, a bustling restaurant
located in Petion-Ville, Haiti, renowned for its great food ... - full story -
Our First Junior Ambassador
Sometimes, inspiration and passion happen at a very young age. Chefs for Humanity is proud to welcome 8 year old Grace LaFountain as our first Junior Ambassador. - full story -
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Global Ambassador for Chefs for Humanity
Owner of Brasserie Quartier Latin, Petion-Ville,Haiti
Miriam and her mother Saskia Padberg have been making a positive difference in their community for years. As owners of the Brasserie Quartier Latin, a bustling restaurant located in Petion-Ville, Haiti, renowned for its great food, the written messages left by patrons on all the walls, the sensational atmosphere and the social consciousness of its owners. It seems that every night there's a reason to celebrate at Quartier Latin, as the food and the entertainment make Quartier Latin a "regular" for Haitians and visitors alike.
“Every one of us has the power to make a positive difference in the lives of our communities,” said Miriam. “No effort, however small, is minor and they all add up to the potential for great change. We will continue to look for ways to expose great projects that demonstrate the strength, talent and resilience of the Haitian people.”
Dedicated to promoting local arts and artisans, Miriam and her mother feature indigenous works of art in the restaurant and bring local musicians in to perform. Beyond great food and featured local artists, Miriam also provides space in Quartier Latin to several non-profit organizations to expose and sell their products, all in support of Haitian development. Featured products highlight the exceptional quality and craftsmanship of Haitian artists and artisans and have ranged from hand bags made from discarded tents, to fine jewelry to photographs and more. Miriam and her mother have also been actively involved in several initiatives to raise funds for the St. Trinity School of Classical Music and hosting a dinner to raise funds for a local non-governmental organization called BND in partnership with Chefs for Humanity.
New Hartford, New York
Sometimes, inspiration and passion happen at a very young age. Chefs for Humanity is proud to welcome 8 year old Grace LaFountain as our first Junior Ambassador. The New Hartford, NY aspiring chef was discovered by Chefs for Humanity board member and author Nick Katsoris, during a children’s recipe contest.
Commenting on Grace’s talents, Nick Katsoris said, "Grace LaFountain is a perfect example to children everywhere on how to transform talent into making a difference. On the outside, you see a polite young lady with a wonderful smile. But get her into the kitchen and she is one of the most competent and passionate about cooking 8 year olds you will ever see. Her talents don’t stop there. Grace participated in National Make a Difference Day where she raised funds from baked goods to support Chefs for Humanity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Utica Zoo. She is an inspiration.”
Grace’s talents were discovered by Nick during a national recipe contest sponsored by Loukoumi Celebrity Cookbook.
Click here: New Hartford third-grader wins recipe contest, trip to Walt Disney World
Here’s what Grace has to say about her new post:
"I feel honored that Cat chose me to be a role model for kids in learning healthy eating habits. As an aspiring chef, becoming Junior Ambassador for Chefs for Humanity will give me an opportunity to inspire kids to cook healthy foods with their families. My parents are continually teaching me to make healthy food choices and I can be a role model for kids who want to learn more about cooking healthy foods. I want to teach kids that they are able to make good decisions about foods they eat, which leads to healthy living. I would love to show other kids that preparing and eating healthy food with family is fun. After all, families that cook together, stay together! I also would like to be a leader in motivating kids to raise funds for hunger relief both here in the United States and throughout the world. Volunteering my time to help others in need has shown me that I can make a difference in my world. It shows me that I am a help in my community which gives me confidence in myself."
Watch Grace in the kitchen and keep an eye out for other contributions Grace will make to help others in the community:
Check out Grace's YouTube Videos:
Click here: Grace cooking Breakfast Granola
Click here: Grace making Guacamole
Click here: Grace making Spring Rolls
Chef, Restaurateur, Humanitarian
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
for Humanity is proud to announce Global Culinary Ambassador, chef,
restaurateur and humanitarian Yasser Bagersh. Inspired by the
opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children living in
extreme poverty and malnourishment, Yasser founded Our Father’s Kitchen
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and is now feeding 177 kids a healthy and
hearty meal each day. For most, this meal is the only one they will eat
that day. Chefs for Humanity shares Yasser’s mission to see a day that
no child – anywhere – ever goes to bed hungry. As a chef, for Yasser,
this work was natural. He inspires us.
Click here to read more about Yasser
Ethiopia Cooking Show Host
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Welcome, Giordana Kebedom, host of Giordana’s
Kitchen Show in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
>Giordana demonstrates with each show how you can use fresh, local
ingredients to prepare healthy, delicious and nutritious meals. Giordana’s warmth and enthusiasm is contagious and Chefs for Humanity shares her passion for celebrating life and
family through food.
Executive Chef, Culinary Consultant
Chefs for Humanity is proud to announce chef Stephan Durand, Executive Chef/Culinary Consultant, Culinary by Design/Quartier Latin, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as a global culinary ambassador who will help amplify our work and reach others who share a vision of a world without hunger and malnutrition. Talented Chef Durand is an accomplished and passionate professional with a distinguished career in culinary arts in the US, Haiti and beyond. On our recent mission to Haiti, Chef Durand helped us raised $7,000 in one evening to bring improved nutrition to children there. Stephan will work side-by-side with Chefs for Humanity to promote awareness of malnutrition and develop programs to support better nutrition.
Chef Yasser and Founder of Our Fathers' Kitchen shares his vision for a hunger-free world.
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