This evening I attended a press conference for The Ultimate Battle for a Cure – the Breast Cancer Chef’s Challenge.
The host of the show will be Giada de Laurentiis, who has been touched by cancer in her own family: her brother died of melanoma at 30 years of age, and she lost her grandmother to ovarian cancer.
This spectacle tomorrow will be happening at the Toronto Congress Centre, and there will be five teams of 10 contestants (the top fundraisers for the project). They’ll be led by five chefs, judged by another four, and there is a sold-out Gala event for 500 (at $1000 a pop) for those who want to watch the grueling challenge.
Interesting conference. Giada’s got a motive — other than coming up to Toronto and meeting fans who are *dying* to see her — she’s just released another book, called “Feel Good Food” which is about more than just comfort food: it’s about eating food that improves your health and wellness without going on a diet, a process she considers something that shocks the system, causing damage.
One of the bloggers at the press conference asked how she gets her daughter to eat healthy food. Giada admitted that it’s a struggle, and becomes more of one as the child grows older [and develops his/her own opinions on things, I guess]. Giada’s going through a stage where her daughter is pleased with food that comes from the Dora the Explorer cook book. Giada also pulls out other cookbooks and looks through them with her daughter — I’m guessing her daughter’s not at much of a reading stage yet, because it seems to be pictures that draw her in, and result in what’s being cooked for dinner.
I’m all for that. Expand your child’s food world, and show them lots of food pictures to interest them in other dishes than what they’ve had in the past. Giada also takes her daughter food shopping and to farmers’ markets, so she’s broadening her food interests and knowledge at an early age. These are great things to do, and can only benefit the child as he/she grows up and goes into the world.
We need our kids able to do more than pluck a box from the freezer and heat it in the microwave, or order in dinner. There’s a level of happiness in cooking a satisfying meal that can’t be achieved otherwise!