Deborah Lay, MSc., RD, Public Health Nutritionist, Durham Region Health Department has a “Discover Your Inner Chef Campaign” to help their low-income population become more confident in the kitchen.
Here are the topics and objectives:
Discover Your Inner Chef campaign will continue throughout 2010 with supportive messages focused on the following topics:
- Canada’s Food Guide offers healthy choices to maximize your food budget and save!
- Planning ahead helps you control your food budget and save!
- Get to know your grocer store and save!
- Discover your inner chef… cook at home and save!
- Use your leftovers to create something new and save!
Clients can call or visit www.durham.ca/foodbudgetkit to obtain a kit, which helps them plan ahead and make better meals in their kitchen. The Food Budget Kit is designed to provide people with the basic tools to start developing food skills Contents include:
- Everybody’s Food Budget Book
- Canada’s Food Guide
- Menu planner
- Canned food strainer
Since the launch in October, approximately 350 kits have been ordered. Deborah has had great success engaging their population online.
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. But after learning that the quality of a croissant directly varies with how much butter it has, Judy sought to challenge herself by coming up with recipes that were as healthy as they were tasty.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.