2012 Diabetes Cook Off

The 1st Annual Diabetes Cook Off!Group pic 014

On behalf of the Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago team, we would like to thank all those that came out and supported our first Diabetes Cook-Off Contest at Washburne Culinary Institute/Kennedy King College in observance of Diabetes Awareness Month. We had wonderful weather and a fantastic turnout from the public with more than 150 in attendance.

Highlights included  the cook-off contest, healthy cooking tips, nutrition and health education, healthy food tastings, tips on how to communicate with your doctor, free health screenings and a live taping of the event for the Jacinda Show. We would like to thank some local organizations that supported us: Save-A-Lot Food Stores, American Diabetes Association, Heart and Soul Magazine, Defender Newspaper, Crusader Newspaper, Senior Talk with Clara Hubbard, Almighty Home Health Care, and KKC and WVON Radio.
A special thanks to our panel of judges Professionals Chef Brian X, Chicago’s “Fat Chef” Michael Digby, “Cookin With Jazz” Chef Jimmy Carter, Fathers’ Rights Attorney – Jeffery M. Leving, University of Chicago’s very own Registered Dietician, Valerie Reynolds, Certified Diabetes Educator Marla Solomon, and Heart and Soul Magazine’s Pamela Taylor, our 12- semi-finalist, Michael Wright, Donielle Muse, Lois White, Joshua Pickens, Sofiya Klibadze, Jacqueline Williams, Rosa Johnson, Marlene Snipes, Nekita Thomas, Joseph Conner, Derrick Lane, and Valicia Brown, and Washburne Culinary Institute’s director Chef Kristopher Murray, instructor Chef Nicholas Daloi, culinary student Stacy Goodar and all of the other culinary students.

One of the key goals of the South Side Diabetes project is to “positively impact the community” by participating in community outreach efforts, such as this Cook-off Contest. Our team, is very proud to serve, empower and educate the South Side of Chicago communities. Thank you again for the great turnout and continued support!