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Help End Childhood Obesity at Heart Of A Chef Event
Among the many food issues being discussed lately, childhood obesity is one that seems to come up repeatedly with recognized personalities like Chef Jamie Oliver and First Lady Michelle Obama taking on the cause.  While families in other parts of the world are struggling to keep their children just barely nourished, American families seem to be heavily weighted (no pun intended) with fat, unhealthy children that have a little too much nourishment.  Whether you believe the fault lies with modern parenting practices that champion giving children what they want instead of what they need, or the the onslaught of child-directed advertising for junk foods and candy coated cereals, or the lack of funding to provide school children with healthy, well-balanced meals that are actually tasty and appealing, the fact is that we are rearing a generation of extremely unhealthy people.  In spite of all the the advances in medicine, if the trend towards obese children continues, it is possible to expect a decrease in the average life expectancy of Americans.  In other words, the childhood obesity epidemic can almost be seen as a matter of national security!  No wonder our first lady has taken the matter into her own hands.

Of course, there are small things that we can all do each day to combat childhood obesity, especially if we have our own children.  Because the issue has become so large (again, no pun intended), many organizations are either being founded or changing their focus to bring about more awareness and help combat this preventable epidemic that is plaguing our nation’s children.  One such local organization is the Florida Heart Research Institute (FHRI), which will be hosting a healthy food festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Sunday, April 29th called Heart of a Chef.  Presented by Florida Blue and Whole Foods Market, this family friendly festival will showcase healthy cooking demos, seminars, and tastings that prove that families can eat tasty, gourmet food and still live a heart healthy lifestyle.

Besides enjoying the natural wonders of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden with its collection of rare tropical plants and beautifully manicured displays of diverse ecosystems, families will be able to witness as two acclaimed local chefs go head to head in a culinary battle utilizing a basket of surprise ingredients.  Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, a winner from the Food Network’s Chopped with a hot new pop-up restaurant called Eating House in Coral Gables, will challenge Chef Joshua Wahler, a “survivor” from Hell’s Kitchen and executive chef at CRAVE Restaurant.  The younger gourmands will also be entertained with a special cooking demonstration by Short Chef, who has spent the last ten years closely working with South Florida children to develop healthy eating habits.

Overall, Heart of a Chef promises to be an unforgettable event for the whole family and a great way to introduce the little ones to good eating and foods that don’t include chicken nuggets and instant mac n’ cheese.  

Heart of a Chef
Sunday, April 29th, 2012
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables 33158

Tickets are $30 per adult and include two complimentary children’s admissions

For more information, please visit www.heartofachef.org