Chef Tom French is a seasoned chef, consultant, and trainer with over 40 years of professional foodservice experience. He is a founding team member of Seattle based FareStart, a nationally recognized model for job training homeless individuals in culinary arts. Chef Toms humanitarian efforts include a salmon recovery project in Kamchatka Russia to benefit abandoned children’s shelters and the Heart of America Bus Tour just after 9/11. The tour fostered community communications by sharing meals at fire stations, mosques, churches, community centers and public forums. Chef Tom served on the City of Seattle’s Health Services Advisory Committee for three years and has been the recipient of the US Mayor’s anti-hunger award. In 2005, he was named one of seven culinary “architects” for Puget Sound by Seattle Magazine noted as a “Chef of Social Conscience”. As Executive Director of Experience Food Project for the past twelve years, he has worked to lead a culture change in school meal programs in the US. He is a member of the School Nutrition Association Chefs Table and served on the White House Chefs Move to Schools National Outreach Committee. He has been a trainer and consultant for the National Food Service Management Institute / USDA. Previous work includes program design, staff training, food education and curriculum for Muckleshoot Tribe, Boys and Girls Clubs, City of Seattle Parks and Recreation, EarthCorp, YMCA and many others. Today, he is responsible for food and nutrition programs at Mary’s Place in Seattle where he has implemented food safety and logistics protocols to serve over 3,000 meals each day at eight Mary’s Place shelter locations and developed innovative pantry box and food education programs to help struggling families stay successfully housed.
- The importance of food beyond its nutrients
- Why it is so important to share meals around the dinner table
- The importance of teaching children how to eat well
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