As a chef, my mind is constantly consumed with food. I spend a lot of my time chasing flavors and ingredients and seeking inspiration for my next dish. The jobs I am hired for usually have minimal budget restraints, and the ultimate goal is to create a memorable, beautiful experience. While I love my job, I recognize that I am cooking from an immense place of privilege, where I have a nearly endless choice when it comes to what I want to prepare for diners who also have seemingly limitless options on what they want to eat on a given day.
But I know that is not the reality for so many. More than 1.2 billion people live on less than $1.50 a day or in extreme poverty. For them, the next meal is a struggle. Rather than dreaming up exotic dishes as I do, they simply dream of having a full belly. No one should have to decide between education, medicine, or food. I feel a responsibility to help change this.