Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tom Colicchio Talkes Childhood Hunger

In case you needed further reason to adore Tom Colicchio — esteemed chef, restaurant owner, "Top Chef" judge — here ya go: the man recently testified before the House of Representatives to rally support for the Improving Nutrition for America's Children Act. He then spoke with Eatocracy on CNN.com blogs about childhood hunger, giving Share Our Strength a few healthy shout outs.

Colicchio's eye-opening interview with Eatocracy puts a personal perspective on America's school lunch dilemma. The chef describes growing up in an area of New Jersey that was rife with nutrition-deprived schoolchildren. His mother managed a school cafeteria, where she strove to provide kids with wholesome foods, even into her elder years. His mother's plight stuck with Colicchio, and this battle for healthier school lunches in America has stuck with him. Today, he praises Share Our Strength as a group he's proud to say continues his mother's legacy.

Seeing as Colicchio has risen to the level of "celebrity chef," it's wonderful to see a public figure like him take a stand for such issues. But this is something he's been practicing long before his "Top Chef" days, participating in fundraisers for organizations like Share Our Strength. Here's a resounding quote from the wise chef: "My feeling is, if you're going to be called a celebrity, you might as well use it for some good. It's better to testify for school lunches in front of Congress than get drunk in a bar somewhere and misbehave." Our thoughts exactly, Tom. Our thoughts exactly.

To read the interview in its entirety, visit http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2010/07/06/q-a-tom-colicchio-talks-childhood-hunger/?hpt=C2

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