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.
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.