In this "Louisville Life" feature story, we meet Nancy Russman, a local chef for more than 20 years. Known to most as simply "Chef Nancy", Russman has worked in the kitchens of four-star restaurants and received national culinary and humanitarian awards. However, her passion has always been teaching children about healthy food.
In this segment, Chef Nancy shares a cooking session with several Louisville children, while promoting her book, "Chef Nancy's Kids' Club Cookbook" (Butler Books). The book helps children learn to feed themselves fun, healthy food, without the use of a stove or knives.
When Chef Nancy started working with children and families at a homeless shelter in Louisville, she created a Culinary Arts Job Training Program that helped put parents to work. When she later worked for the Dare to Care Food Bank, she directed Kids Café, a program that feeds hungry children three nights a week. She expanded the Kids Café program from six community sites to fifteen sites and still works with children in Louisville schools and community centers.
Chef Nancy is also program coordinator at Culinary Arts program at Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC). She has also worked with the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, Slow Food Bluegrass and Kentucky Proud.
- Program 416
- On this edition of "Louisville Life", get a healthy serving from "Chef Nancy", meet a woman who holds the fate of some lucky Kentuckians in her hands, celebrate the Chinese New Year with Crane House and enjoy the culinary delights at the . (#416)