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Fresh Chefs Society Leads Cooking Class for BeREAL Residents

Ashley Cherry with the Fresh Chefs Society paid a visit to an Upbring BeREAL apartment complex recently, to teach four BeREAL Supervised Independent Living residents how to cook at home. Fresh Chefs Society is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that demonstrates to young adults from foster care some basic cooking skills, along with food and kitchen safety tips. Cooking and eating right is an important aspect of independent living, and Fresh Chefs Society believes that this is an area often overlooked and underestimated when it comes to successful independent living.

The mission of Fresh Chefs is “To empower youth transitioning out of foster care with the skills necessary to take charge of their eating lifestyle and knowledge of the culinary arts through meaningful educational experiences with community chefs and restaurants.”

Our  BeREAL participants got some hands-on experience in the kitchen, all working together  to prepare a group meal. On the menu was chop salad with homemade ranch dressing, baked brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and steak.

BeREAL participants try their hand at cutting vegetables for the chop salad, using the techniques they learned from Ashley.

BeREAL participants try their hand at cutting vegetables for the chop salad, using the techniques they learned from Ashley.

Ashley and King discuss some of their favorite recipes and what they have been cooking in their own kitchens recently.

Ashley and King discuss some of their favorite recipes and what they have been cooking in their own kitchens recently.

Michael and his younger sister, Darla, measure and add ingredients to the homemade yogurt ranch dressing for the chop salad.

Michael and his younger sister, Darla, measure and add ingredients to the homemade yogurt ranch dressing for the chop salad.

Jimesha looks for the right spices to season the homemade ranch dressing.

Jimesha looks for the right spices to season the homemade ranch dressing.

King adds milk, butter and seasoning to make perfect mashed potatoes.

King adds milk, butter and seasoning to make perfect mashed potatoes.

After all the hard work, King, Jimesha, Michael, Darla and Ashley sat down to enjoy a home-cooked meal together.

BeREAL (Ready, Educated, Accomplished Leaders) Austin, which opened in September 2014, is an important link in the Upbring continuum of care to break the cycle of child abuse. BeREAL empowers youth aging out of foster care to become contributing and self-sufficient members of our communities, by providing Supervised Independent Living and a network of support. Learn more at Upbring.org.

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