Chef George Duran is one of HealthCorps’ ambassadors and a judge at Teen Battle Chef competitions. HealthCorps’ vision is to lead a nationwide movement toward a new generation of healthy young people. They were founded by heart surgeon and two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa, to combat the childhood obesity crisis. In the Fall of 2009, Family Cook Productions developed a Youth Development Program exploring culinary, nutrition, food systems and gardening education, while battling obesity and chronic disease. Their partnership with HealthCorps, has brought their “Teen Battle Chef” program to over 66 new schools for a total of over 105 programs in 20 states.
In the last 5 years, Americans have really jumped on the healthy bandwagon aggressively and are making healthier choices and becoming more fit. You see that emulated in today’s lifestyle choices with popular reality TV shows like The Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss, diet supplements by the dozen, juice bars opening up in communities and Subway’s PR campaign.
We had asked George how this revolution to eat healthy has influenced him as a Chef and he told us that a lot of his clients want healthy food because they are actively making healthier choices about what they consume. This revolution has also motivated him to teach his son when he gets older to eat healthy and also get involved with kids through Dr. Oz’s Healthcorps program to teach them to make healthier choices. He said “Imagine chicken breasts are the size of a human breast” and as a result, he wants to continue educating people to stop making poor eating habits.
We found an interview on HealthCorps blog titled Chef George Duran Shares, where George shares about his involvement with them and disclosed some great tips to replace high calorie diets with lower salt, sugar and fat choices and also included a tasty hors d’oeuvres recipe: Stuffed Endives with Orange, Goat Cheese, Caramelized Walnuts, and Balsamic Reduction. Yum! Yum!
Enjoy his YouTube video at one of the Teen Battle Chef competitions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2D2Ci_3NAE#t=14
Chefuniforms applauds your efforts to get involved with our kids and lead by example and help mentor them from an early age. Thank You for bringing awareness to this sensitive topic and joining the fight to live healthier.