by Anjana Utarid, Executive Director, Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco
What do you get when you pair world renowned Chef John Ash with the scholars of Boys Hope Girls Hope? A culinary party that teaches valuable life skills at the same time! The outcome was deliciously amazing during the December 10 Boys Hope Girls Hope Network live broadcast on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
The goal: get your scholars to make Korean fried chicken wings and frisee salad with poached eggs and maple roasted bacon. If your mouth isn’t watering by now, it will.
The Boys Hope Girls Hope Network had four affiliates participate in a virtual culinary experience. The cooks included Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco Scholar Isayana along with teams led by Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois’ Brendan Daker; Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California’s Brianna Guzman and Joe Joaquin; and Francisco Martínez and Mafer Franco at Esperanza Juvenil in Guatemala.
In the lead-up to the broadcast, the scholar teams selected the winning recipe by vote and then with their Boys Hope Girls Hope affiliate team members gathered up all the essentials. Focused and undeterred, the team at the Guatemala affiliate shared their experience in visiting Koreatown in Guatemala City to gather some of the ingredients. Can’t find frisee greens? No problem – a couple of affiliates located arugula as a substitute!
Chef John directed all the steps conversation style while pouring, mixing, tossing, frying, and joking with the scholars. At the end, he was impressed by the final outcomes, the unique presentation and commented, “These are restaurant style dishes and is worth at least $25 a plate.” Hearing the positive comment from Chef John boosted the scholars’ enthusiasm and it was great way to celebrate holiday cheer miles apart. Boys Hope Girls Hope President & CEO Kristin Ostby also congratulated the teams to close out the show.
Chef John Ash offered a superb education and the team of Boys Hope Girls Hope offered quality time together. A definite, “Win-Win.”