Soup(er) Volunteer of the Day, Marian Robinson!
Growing Chefs! owes a lot to our volunteers, and to show our appreciation we are showcasing some of our AMAZING volunteers on our blog! So, here is an interview with our fantastic volunteer Marian Robinson.
What was your most memorable moment volunteering with us?
My very memorable moment is the time I was helping at the day camp at the Children’s Museum. I was working with a group of 9 to 12 year olds to make southern fried chicken. Standing beside a boy of about 10, I confirmed that he needed to crack 6 eggs into a bowl to make the batter for the chicken. He turned to me and sheepishly said, “I’ve never cracked an egg.” So I showed him the butter knife method and though there was no butter knife to be found, he improvised with the end of a large spoon. By the fourth egg, he was beaming with success. It really warmed my heart to see him so pleased with himself.
Why do you volunteer with Growing Chefs?
When I retired from teaching, I was hoping to develop a second career as a chef, so I studied at Le Cordon Bleu in England one summer and hoped to return to complete my studies, but injuries from a car accident put an end to that plan. So when I heard about the Fresh Food Frenzy program at the Covent Garden Market, I thoughtthis was a great opportunity for me to use my teaching as well as my cooking skills.
What is your favourite food?
It’s hard to pick just one. Both of my parents were excellent cooks. My mom made the best pies and butter tarts and although mine are not as scrumptious as hers were, I enjoy making pastry. My father was a master with braised dishes so I learned a lot from him too. I really like trying out new recipes. Since we were kids, my best friend and I have enjoyed cooking together and we still do.
Tell us about your hobbies and interest…
I love to travel and enjoy trying local cuisine wherever I go. While in Rome a year ago, I had the best fettuccine with porcini mushrooms. I also enjoy riding my bike, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
What does food education mean to you?
Everybody should know how to cook good food. It’s cheaper than buying prepared meals, a lot more nutritious and really not difficult to do once you have a few basic skills and a love for eating well. My dad used to say, “if you want to eat good food, you have to learn how to cook”. I am so glad to be a small part of the Growing Chefs program because I believe it fills a gap in the education curriculum in our province.