The Chefs

The Chefs

Our chefs come to us from all different walks of life with varying levels of skill and life experience. We have had young chefs and old chefs, fine dining chefs and deli chefs. If you have a heart for those perhaps less fortunate than you, we want to help you create a special dining experience for them. Below you will find some of our success stories through Chef's Without Kitchens dinners and the way the simplicity of  shared meal and conversation makes the biggest impact on our hearts. 

Meet Brenda

We at Chefs Without Kitchens tried to connect Chef Brenda with Sarah's Circle, a women's shelter in Uptown Chicago, in order for her to prepare one of our shared meals but she was able to give them more than any of us had bargained for. When she saw the excess food and food waste this shelter had, she was able to offer up her services and know how instead of our typical shared meal. Now Brenda visits this shelter once every two weeks to give cooking lessons to the women who live in the shelter as well as help them make food out of their excess ingredients the employees don't have the training to handle. 

 


Brenda Martinez

Brenda Martinez


Meet James and Megan

James Lyons and Megan Delfino with the You Can Make It men's shelter

James Lyons and Megan Delfino with the You Can Make It men's shelter

James and Megan made tamales for a men's shelter called You Can Make It on the Southside of Chicago. As the time passed and the Chef's got ready to deliver the food they became scared, intimidated. Their social and racial biases left them paralyzed to where they didn't even want to serve this community because they feared their safety. After some minor convincing they came and were met with love, gratitude and friendship. Upon leaving the shelter these Chef's told me how ashamed they were of their own embedded prejudices. They asked when next we could in fact go back. 

If you want a story like one of these for yourself email us at www.chefswithoutkitchens@gmail.com