Another rewarding year for Chef Remmi and Host of  Cook Time with Remmi. As one of our 20 People to Watch, we caught up with Remmi to find out how her work has progressed since last October.

So far, 2012, has turned out to be a very big year for Chef Remmi. In January, she was named Sodexo’s “Student Ambassador for Health and Nutrition” for North America. In this role, Remmi has the opportunity to positively influence 3 million students across the country with her goal to get kids in the kitchen to learn the skill of cooking to improve their nutrition. In this role, Remmi is working with the Executive Chefs in the 500 school districts Sodexo serves. In addition, Remmi’s recipes will be served in 4000 school cafeterias across the country for the 2012-2013 school year.  She is the face of Sodexo’s national “Fresh Pick Program” and “Future Chefs Program.”

Remmi has had several national opportunities to share her healthy lifestyle message and demonstrate her cooking skills to many children, families and organizations this year. In February she traveled to Boston and presented some of her signature dishes at the National School Board Association. In May she traveled to Chicago and had the opportunity to present at the National Restaurant Association Convention The menu she presented aligned with the association’s “Kid’s Live Well” Program which is a program that promotes and supports restaurants that offer healthier menu choices for children. While in Chicago she was invited to appear at  ABC’s Windy City Live in front of a live audience. Remmi also had the great opportunity to be featured in the May issue of National Scholastic Magazine.

In addition to making appearances, Remmi has been involved in several fundraising efforts with Dillon International Adoption Agency, partnering with local chefs and organizing fundraising dinners to support school programs, participating chef for the Ronald McDonald Patron Party, presenting chef at the March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction, raised funds for the Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank, and was a celebrity chef for the “Dine Out No Kid Hungry” campaign to name a few.  Going forward, Remmi will direct her attention to  on supporting programs that are focused on the 16 million children(1 in 5 children) that are at risk of hunger or food insecure in the United States. In her new series that will be aired in the Sodexo schools throughout the upcoming school year, Remmi is challenging students to take the pledge and become part of solving the hunger problem in America by taking an active role in the national “No Kid Hungry” campaign.

The year is not over for Remmi and she has several upcoming opportunities scheduled where she hopes to get kids excited about cooking and improving their nutrition as well as influencing adults that have positions of influence. She will be making several appearances at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum in September, a presenter at the National American Dietetics and Nutrition Conference in Philadelphia, presenter at the State of Virginia School Board Association, and the State of Maryland Dietetic and Nutrition Conference.

Remmi feels the support she has received from The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and the Ask, Listen, Learn Team has certainly helped in attaining her goals.  She now has the opportunity and multiple platforms that will allow her to be a role model for promoting nutrition and influencing children to live healthy lifestyles, .including saying NO to underage drinking.  Thank you Remmi and as one of our “20 People to Watch”….we will be anxiously watching.