We are pleased to announce our new Board of Directors! In the coming months, we will add a few more distinguished members to round out the composition. Every member has been involved with and has supported our work prior to being invited to join the FamilyCook Productions board. We very much value the time, energy, and guidance they provide.
Chef Jimmy Carbone, Owner: Jimmy's No. 43
Jimmy Carbone is a NYC based restaurateur, dedicated social entrepreneur, and beer lover. In addition to overseeing daily operations at Jimmy’s No. 43, an East Village bar and restaurant with a focus on unique beers and a greenmarket menu, Jimmy currently serves as co-chair for Taste of Tribeca, as a special advisor for The New Amsterdam Market and was elected as an advisory council member for Greenmarkets GrowNYC in 2010. In 2005 and 2009, Jimmy was recipient of the title “Local Hero” from NYC Arts and he has been featured in Edible Manhattan, Michael Colameco’s Food Show and Martha Stewart Radio.
Deirdra Chester, PhD, USDA Human Nutrition Research Center
Dr. Chester holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University. As a Nutrition Scientist with the Food Surveys Research Group at the US Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center, Dr. Chester monitors and assesses food consumption and related behavior of the U.S. population. In this role she conducts surveys and provides the resulting information for food and nutrition-related programs and public policy decisions. Dr. Chester conducts research on nutrition, physical activity and the food environment. She researches the role of diet and lifestyle to prevent chronic disease in order to enhance health and quality of life. Dr. Chester serves on the Executive Board and is Chair of the Food and Nutrition Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). She is also a member of the Professional Development Committee of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
Chef Chris Cheung, Restaurateur, Executive Chef
Chef Chris Cheung was born and raised here in the city. With grandparents who lived on Mott Street, he grew up loving the tastes and smells of Chinatown, and has had a lifelong passion for Asian cuisine. He graduated with honors from the New York Restaurant School in 1992, worked as a prep cook at Vong, then moved to various other restaurants here in the city including Nobu, China Grill, and The Monkey Bar. This talented toque uses traditional Chinese ingredients and techniques to lighten and modernize the classics. His latest restaurant project will soon open in Midtown.
Lynn Fredericks, Founder, FamilyCook Productions
Lynn Fredericks is the founder and guiding force behind FamilyCook Productions, a national educational organization promoting community empowerment through programs providing nutrition, culinary, and food systems education. The author of Cooking Time Is Family Timeand an award-winning nutrition and culinary educator,Ms. Fredericks and her team of chefs and dieticians create and train a spectrum of programs and curricula for pre-K through adult reaching tens of thousands of families since 1995. A leading public health advocate for holistic food system planning to address obesity and the loss of family farms, she is a founding member of Food Systems Network NYC and founding Chair of the Green Tables initiative of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. As the creator of the FamilyCook’s innovative youth development program, “Teen Battle Chef, Ms. Fredericks leadership has initiated partnerships with HealthCorps to inspire students to become change agents around health and nutrition within their school, family and beyond.
Khahlidra Levister, Executive VP of 4food
Khahlidra Levister is the Executive Vice President of 4food, a new quick service restaurant serving a natural, local, and sustainable menu in NYC. Ms. Levister received a Diploma of Baking and Pastry from the Art Institute of New York. While earning her culinary diploma, she apprenticed for Chef Emily Isaac at the renowned Union Square Café. She then went on to become the Chef de Partie Pâtissier at The Modern in the Museum of Modern Art, under the direction of Executive Pastry Chef Marc Aumont. After years in the kitchen, Ms. Levister soon became interested in the non-culinary side of the restaurant industry. She began managing the Front of House at Geoffrey Zakarian’s Country restaurant, and quickly became the Senior Manager. It was during this time that Ms. Levister began consulting for 4food and helped conceptualize the menu. She formally became a part of the 4food team in December of 2008
Kerry Trueman, Environmental Activist/Blogger/Speaker
Kerry Trueman is a sustainable food activist, blogger and speaker, Kerry Trueman, founded EatingLiberally.org in 2006 as a netroots website and organization to advocate for sustainable agriculture, progressive politics and a less-consumption driven way of life. She has written about edible landscaping and organic gardening for the Financial Times and served as food editor for lime.com before becoming a sustainability blogger for Participant Media’‘s takepart.com. Trueman currently writes about climate change, low-impact living and sustainable agriculture for the Huffington Post, Civil Eats and EatingLiberally, and authored a chapter on ecological eating for Rodale’’s Whole Green Catalog (September 2009). CREDO Mobile awarded her their “Activist Blogger of the Year” award for 2009. Her most recent projects are Retrovore.com, a website for farmers, gardeners and eaters who favor conservation over consumption, and The MudRoom, a weekly webcast in development that blends muckraking and cultural commentary.
Hazel A. Witte, Esq., Attorney & Consultant
Hazel is an attorney and consultant specializing in health care, pensions and other benefit issues. She has held positions at the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and U.S. Small Business Administration, as well as at research and not-for-profit organizations. Currently she is the consultant for National Programs, for ASTAR – The Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Project, in Washington, DC. Ms. Witte, who has published numerous books and articles, is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.