Corporate Wellness “Cook Better” workshop in full swing with Lend Lease

Chefs Ryan, Sara and Rick are facilitating “Cook Better” workshops in more than 20 cities this summer, for Lend Lease, one of the world’s largest construction management firms.  In partnership with Proactive Partners of Chicago, Centered Chef is excited about the opportunity to “educate, entertain & inspire” wellness through it’s innovative programming that blends nutrition and culinary arts.

Chef Ryan explains, “It’s exciting to work with an organization that’s so heavily invested in its employees’ wellbeing.  With an understanding of Lend Lease’s objectives in relation to their employees’ Health Risk Assessments, we customized a workshop aimed at teaching people to cook more often and healthfully, while addressing barriers like time, cost and food literacy.”

Lend Lease “Cook Better” tour dates:  

  • 17-Jun-2011                        Columbus, OH
  • 23-Jun-2011                        West Palm Beach, FL
  • 29-Jun-2011                        Washington, DC
  • 30-Jun-2011                        Atlanta, GA
  • 6-Jul-2011                           Tucson, AZ
  • 7-Jul-2011                           Camp Lejeune, NC
  • 13-Jul-2011                         Charlotte, NC
  • 14-Jul-2011                         Peterson, CO
  • 14-Jul-2011                         Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • 15-Jul-2011                         Fort Hood, TX
  • 15-Jul-2011                         Princeton, NJ
  • 18-Jul-2011                         Fort Wainwright, AK
  • 20-Jul-2011                         Tampa, FL
  • 20-Jul-2011                         Lexington, MA
  • 21-Jul-2011                         Chicago, IL
  • 25-Jul-2011                         Fort Drum, NY
  • 29-Jul-2011                         Honolulu, HI
  • 2-Aug-2011                         San Francisco
  • 11-Aug-2011                       Nashville, TN
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Chef Ryan wins the Zisboombah Chef’s Battle at Taste of Chicago

In showdown against Chef Patsy Bentivegna, of Cooking Skills Academy, Chef Ryan took the prize after winning over a group of 12 year-old judges with his Watermelon Soup with Cantaloupe Bubbles.  Zisboombah is a culinary advocacy group that has developed a unique platform from which to address childhood obesity.  Through it’s interactive, kid-friendly website, Zisboombah recently took top prize in First Lady’s Apps for Healthy Kids contest.

Chef Ryan’s winning three-course menu was prepared in just 25 minutes, with Asha, his guest sous chef:

Spinach Salad with Roasted Grape Vinaigrette
Turkey Quesadilla with Pepper Jack atop Roasted Heirloom Tomato Salsa
Watermelon Soup with Cantaloupe Bubbles

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