TORONTO – Chefs love to feed people and take pleasure in knowing that those who are eating their creations are enjoying the food. There are also some chefs who go a step further so they can help feed the world’s hungry. That’s what five celebrity chefs are doing, as they team up with Cooks Who Feed to help feed the hungry, one apron sale at a time.
Among those chefs is Greek-Canadian Christine Cushing (originally Cousvis) who was born in Athens and moved to Canada as a child with her family. An award-winning chef with TV shows broadcast around the globe, Cushing is a judge on the hit Food Network program Wall of Chefs and also won the 2020 Taste Award for ‘Best Chef’ in a TV series for her food, travel documentary series Confucius Was a Foodie, now airing on PBS across the U.S./Canada and on Nat Geo across the world. Cushing has been showing Canada how to cook with love for more than 20 years, starting with her flagship Food Network Canada show, Christine Cushing Live. She is followed by hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide on her YouTube channel My Favourite Foods and appears regularly on The Marilyn Denis Show. Her artisan line of tomato sauces is handmade in Ontario, Canada.
“I’m thrilled that these celebrity chefs have teamed up with us to help with such a great cause,” explained Seema Sanghavi, founder of Cooks Who Feed. “They can feel good knowing that they are taking steps to help make the world a better place, all through their love of food.”
The organization, Cooks Who Feed, offers celebrity chef-inspired aprons with the purchase of each one providing 100 meals for those who need food assistance. They have already provided over 300,000 free meals to those who need the help. The line of aprons includes those for adults, as well as some for children.
Each celebrity chef has helped design an apron in their honor. Also among the celebrity chefs working with Cooks Who Feed to help provide those in need with food are the following:
Art Smith, the executive chef and co-owner of several restaurants including Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, Art and Soul, and Southern Art and Bourbon Bar. In 1997, Smith became the personal, day-to-day chef to Oprah Winfrey, a position that lasted ten years. Smith now coordinates and cooks for special events all around the world. His expertise lies in southern-style cooking. He is well known for his world-famous southern fried chicken.
Devan Rajkumar honed his skills under celebrated local Chef Adrian Niman of the Food Dudes catering company before his formal training at Toronto’s George Brown College for Honours Culinary Management. After several years of high-end catering, Chef Devan parlayed his position as Sous Chef with the Food Dudes into an Executive Chef role at Luxe Appliance Studio, a multi-million dollar showcase kitchen for his favorite brands Bosch, Thermador, and Gaggenau. Between 2012 and 2014, Chef Devan found his flair for live culinary demonstrations and entertained thousands of guests. In 2014, he became a regular guest on Cityline, one of Canada’s longest running daytime shows, and found his love of the spotlight.
Gaggan Anand put Indian food in the fine dining spotlight with his restaurant, Gaggan and is known for what he calls “progressive Indian cuisine.” He was profiled in Season 2 Episode 6 of Netflix’s Chef’s Table.
Chef Romain Avril, best known for his appearances as a judge on Top Chef Canada All-Stars, and as a competing chef on Chopped Canada, he is also recognizable as a frequent guest chef on programs such as Your Morning and Breakfast Television, as well as in media such as Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, and The Telegraph.
“This holiday season, when people give an apron as a gift, they will also be giving 100 meals to help feed the hungry,” added Sanghavi. “We are happy to be working with such inspirational celebrity chefs and for everyone to come together for such a great cause.”
The line of aprons that the celebrity chefs are a part of are environmentally friendly, handmade through fair trade, and are sustainable. The apron for kids matches those made for adults. Every time an apron is sold, food waste is rescued and 100 meals are provided to those in need. The company does this by sharing its profits with its charity partners around the globe that rescue surplus food to reduce food waste and provide hunger relief.
More information is available online: https://cookswhofeed.com.