Chef Nicole Pederson: Food is Community

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“When you walk into community work, don’t walk in with a savior mentality; instead realize how much you have to gain from the people you are helping. You should be honored that people are allowing you to help them.”


Amy talks with Chef Nicole Pederson, Director of Culinary Arts at Center on Halsted, about her passion for connecting food and community. Nicole shares how her 20 year journey as a chef—working at Gramercy Tavern in New York City, and Lula Cafe and Marcus Samuelsson’s C-House in Chicago—led her to train unemployed and under-employed people within the LGBTQ community how to cook and find work in Chicago restaurants.




Episode Credits:

Produced by Kelly Dolan

Music by Matt Troup 

Additional Equipment provided by Justin Campbell

Kelly Dolan