Hall of Fame

No Kid Hungry Cooking Matters Hall of Fame Chefs

2013 Hall of Fame inductees at Share Our Strength's Conference of Leaders, June 2013

Volunteers are the heart of Cooking Matters.

The Cooking Matters Hall of Fame honors volunteer culinary instructors, nutrition educators, and class assistants who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to Cooking Matters by teaching at least 15 courses. Since its founding in 2001, 146 volunteers have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Chef talking with student

 

“The moms who commit to six weeks to feed their families better; the teens who run into class to be the first ones to wash their hands; and the proud wife who told me that her husband lost 60 pounds because of the way she now cooks, those are the people in my hall of fame.”


- Chef David Coder, 2011 Cooking Matters Hall of Fame Inductee and member of the Cooking Matters Colorado Board of Advisors
 


2016 Inductees

  • Corey Garmon, Culinary Instructor, 18 Reasons, San Francisco, CA
  • Cecilia Sanchez, Nutrition Instructor, 18 Reasons, San Francisco, CA
  • Gloria Rios, Culinary Instructor, 18 Reasons, San Francisco, CA
  • Kaushal Vaidya, Nutrition Instructor, Community Health Network of CT Foundation, Wallingford, CT
  • Sean Kizhnerman, Culinary Instructor, Cooking Matters Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Kathy Cox, Culinary Instructor, Cooking Matters Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Paula Schmidt, Class Assistant, Cooking Matters Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Rachel Peters, Class Assistant, Cooking Matters Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Sheila Burkus, Culinary Instructor, Cooking Matters Massachusetts, South Boston, MA
  • Brian Sway, Culinary Instructor, Cooking Matters Massachusetts, South Boston, MA
  • Carolyn Sagi, Class Assistant, Gleaners Community Food Bank of SE MI, Detroit, MI
  • Marie Villegas, Culinary Instructor, Gleaners Community Food Bank of SE MI, Detroit, MI
  • Manju Karkare, Nutrition Instructor, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh, NC
  • Kevin Underwood, Culinary Instructor, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh, NC
  • Ellen Hoppensteadt, Class Assistant, Lowcountry Food Bank, Charleston, SC
  • Brandon Miller, Culinary Instructor, New Hampshire Food Bank, Manchester, NH
  • Judy Coyman, Class Assistant, Operation Food Search, Saint Louis, MO
  • Phyllis Swenson, Culinary Instructor, Oregon Food Bank, Portland, OR
  • Steve Subera, Culinary Instructor, UMN Extension, St. Paul, MN
  • Carol Eggerss, Class Assistant, UMN Extension, St. Paul, MN
  • Carole White Hawley, Culinary Instructor, UMN Extension, St. Paul, MN

2015 Inductees (for courses held in 2013 and 2014)

  • David Penner, 18 Reasons, San Francisco, CA
  • Lorena Cruz, 18 Reasons, San Francisco, CA
  • Dianisi Torres, Community Health Network of CT Foundation, Wallingford, CT
  • Linda Castro, Community Health Network of CT Foundation, Wallingford, CT
  • Charles Childers, Culinary Instructor, Durango, CO
  • Dana Hall, Class Assistant, Denver, CO
  • Kathleen Busenbark, Class Assistant, Denver, CO
  • Maria Anderson, Nutrition Instructor, Denver, CO
  • Mark McLaughlin, Culinary Instructor, Cortez, CO
  • Peter J. Medina, Culinary Instructor, Pueblo, CO
  • Steven Rider, Culinary Instructor, Delta, CO
  • Traci Elmore, Nutrition Instructor, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Linda Sullivan, Class Assistant, Canton, MA
  • Robin Tartaglia, Culinary Instructor, Cambridge, MA
  • Steven Dunn, Culinary Instructor, Plymouth, MA
  • Dave Butts, EverThrive Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Anne Palumbo, Foodlink, Inc, Rochester, NY
  • Ed Wolkonowski, Foodlink, Inc, Rochester, NY
  • Denise Jenks, Gleaners Community Food Bank of SE MI, Detroit, MI
  • James Kokenyesdi, Gleaners Community Food Bank of SE MI, Detroit, MI
  • Joseph Jesseman, New Hampshire Food Bank, Manchester, NH
  • Denise Evans, Operation Food Search, Saint Louis, MO
  • Mary Szyhowski, Operation Food Search, Saint Louis, MO
  • Kathy Carver, Oregon Food Bank, Portland, OR
  • Tracey McDougall, Oregon Food Bank, Portland, OR
  • Von Roberts, Oregon Food Bank, Portland, OR
  • Seth Bixby Daughtery, UMN Extension, St. Paul, MN
  • Dorie Stone, Visiting Nurse Association, Omaha, NE
  • Mary Green, Visiting Nurse Association, Omaha, NE

2013 Inductees (for courses held in 2012 and 2013)

  • Fern Bogot, Culinary Instructor, Chicago, IL
  • Robert Gedman, Culinary Instructor, Ithaca, NY
  • Fran Gleason, Culinary Instructor, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Rob Holt, Culinary Instructor, Arvada, CO
  • Barbara Hughes, Culinary Instructor, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • MaryAnn Madigan, Culinary Instructor, Denver, CO
  • Rachel McCarthy, Culinary Instructor, Winthrop, MA
  • Cathy Neal, Nutrition Instructor, Farmington Hills, MI
  • Phyll Dondis Ribakoff, Nutrition Instructor, Weston, MA
  • Barbara Verble, Nutrition Instructor, Englewood, CO
  • Charmion Wood, Culinary Instructor, Bethesda, MD
  • Donald  Zimmer, Culinary Instructor, Big Rapids, MI

2011 Inductees

  • Jason Barry, Nutrition Instructor, Atlanta, GA
  • David Coder, Culinary Instructor, Littleton, CO
  • Rachel Duboff, Culinary Instructor, Seattle, WA
  • Gerald Shorey, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR

2010 Inductees

  • Vicki Connell, Culinary Instructor, Manchester, NH
  • Michele Morris, Culinary Instructor, Denver, CO
  • Dennis Taylor, Culinary Instructor, Arvada, CO

2009 Inductees

  • Jean Bowen, Culinary Instructor, Boulder, CO
  • Eva Forson, Culinary Instructor, New York, NY
  • Marilyn Matusch, Culinary Instructor, Vancouver, WA
  • Morris Salerno, Culinary Instructor, Lewisville, TX

2008 Inductees

  • Ellen Damaschino, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR
  • Mary Kay Gehring, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR
  • Allison Lew, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR
  • Robert Margolis, Culinary Instructor, Lakewood, CO
  • Andrew Nowak, Culinary Instructor, Denver, CO
  • Christopher Ryan, Culinary Instructor, Holliston, MA
  • Sue Sheldon, Culinary Instructor, Seattle, WA

2006 Inductees

  • Mike Bush, Culinary Instructor, Omaha, NE
  • Duane Long, Culinary Instructor, Omaha, NE

2005 Inductees

  • Marcus Lambert, Culinary Instructor, Chicago, IL
  • Robert  Winters, Culinary Instructor, St. Louis, MO

2004 Inductees

  • Tecla Coleman, Culinary Instructor, Denver, CO
  • Terrell Danley, Culinary Instructor, Washington, DC
  • Marni Foster, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR
  • Kenneth Goodman, Culinary Instructor, Hoboken, NJ
  • Carle Griffin, Culinary Instructor, Seattle, WA
  • Heather Langolis, Culinary Instructor, Providence, RI
  • William McRae, Culinary Instructor, San Diego, CA
  • Elizabeth O’Donnell, Culinary Instructor, Cranston, RI
  • Heather Scheer, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR
  • Linette True, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR

2003 Inductees

  • William Bednar, Culinary Instructor, Washington, DC
  • Jason Santos, Culinary Instructor, Somerville, MA
  • Paul Sussman, Culinary Instructor, Cambridge, MA

2002 Inductees

  • Julie Acevedo, Culinary Instructor, Turnwater, WA
  • Carla Dias, Culinary Instructor, Pawtucket, RI
  • Chris Huff, Culinary Instructor, Rockville, MD

2001 Inductees

  • Marissa Almon, Culinary Instructor, Rumford, RI
  • Ken Collins, Culinary Instructor, Dartmouth, MA
  • Michael Degenhart, Culinary Instructor, Denver, CO
  • Michael Ehlenfelt, Culinary Instructor, Walpole, NH
  • Peter Franklin, Culinary Instructor, Marblehead, MA
  • Sarah McKay, Culinary Instructor, Detroit, MI
  • Denise Palmeri, Culinary Instructor, Boulder, CO
  • Julie Spector, Culinary Instructor, Wayland, MA

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Hall of Fame

No Kid Hungry Cooking Matters Hall of Fame Chefs

2013 Hall of Fame inductees at Share Our Strength's Conference of Leaders, June 2013

Volunteers are the heart of Cooking Matters.

The Cooking Matters Hall of Fame honors volunteer culinary instructors, nutrition educators, and class assistants who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to Cooking Matters by teaching at least 15 courses. Since its founding in 2001, 146 volunteers have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Chef talking with student

 

“The moms who commit to six weeks to feed their families better; the teens who run into class to be the first ones to wash their hands; and the proud wife who told me that her husband lost 60 pounds because of the way she now cooks, those are the people in my hall of fame.”


- Chef David Coder, 2011 Cooking Matters Hall of Fame Inductee and member of the Cooking Matters Colorado Board of Advisors
 


2016 Inductees

  • Corey Garmon, Culinary Instructor, 18 Reasons, San Francisco, CA
  • Cecilia Sanchez, Nutrition Instructor, 18 Reasons, San Francisco, CA
  • Gloria Rios, Culinary Instructor, 18 Reasons, San Francisco, CA
  • Kaushal Vaidya, Nutrition Instructor, Community Health Network of CT Foundation, Wallingford, CT
  • Sean Kizhnerman, Culinary Instructor, Cooking Matters Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Kathy Cox, Culinary Instructor, Cooking Matters Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Paula Schmidt, Class Assistant, Cooking Matters Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Rachel Peters, Class Assistant, Cooking Matters Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Sheila Burkus, Culinary Instructor, Cooking Matters Massachusetts, South Boston, MA
  • Brian Sway, Culinary Instructor, Cooking Matters Massachusetts, South Boston, MA
  • Carolyn Sagi, Class Assistant, Gleaners Community Food Bank of SE MI, Detroit, MI
  • Marie Villegas, Culinary Instructor, Gleaners Community Food Bank of SE MI, Detroit, MI
  • Manju Karkare, Nutrition Instructor, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh, NC
  • Kevin Underwood, Culinary Instructor, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh, NC
  • Ellen Hoppensteadt, Class Assistant, Lowcountry Food Bank, Charleston, SC
  • Brandon Miller, Culinary Instructor, New Hampshire Food Bank, Manchester, NH
  • Judy Coyman, Class Assistant, Operation Food Search, Saint Louis, MO
  • Phyllis Swenson, Culinary Instructor, Oregon Food Bank, Portland, OR
  • Steve Subera, Culinary Instructor, UMN Extension, St. Paul, MN
  • Carol Eggerss, Class Assistant, UMN Extension, St. Paul, MN
  • Carole White Hawley, Culinary Instructor, UMN Extension, St. Paul, MN

2015 Inductees (for courses held in 2013 and 2014)

  • David Penner, 18 Reasons, San Francisco, CA
  • Lorena Cruz, 18 Reasons, San Francisco, CA
  • Dianisi Torres, Community Health Network of CT Foundation, Wallingford, CT
  • Linda Castro, Community Health Network of CT Foundation, Wallingford, CT
  • Charles Childers, Culinary Instructor, Durango, CO
  • Dana Hall, Class Assistant, Denver, CO
  • Kathleen Busenbark, Class Assistant, Denver, CO
  • Maria Anderson, Nutrition Instructor, Denver, CO
  • Mark McLaughlin, Culinary Instructor, Cortez, CO
  • Peter J. Medina, Culinary Instructor, Pueblo, CO
  • Steven Rider, Culinary Instructor, Delta, CO
  • Traci Elmore, Nutrition Instructor, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Linda Sullivan, Class Assistant, Canton, MA
  • Robin Tartaglia, Culinary Instructor, Cambridge, MA
  • Steven Dunn, Culinary Instructor, Plymouth, MA
  • Dave Butts, EverThrive Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Anne Palumbo, Foodlink, Inc, Rochester, NY
  • Ed Wolkonowski, Foodlink, Inc, Rochester, NY
  • Denise Jenks, Gleaners Community Food Bank of SE MI, Detroit, MI
  • James Kokenyesdi, Gleaners Community Food Bank of SE MI, Detroit, MI
  • Joseph Jesseman, New Hampshire Food Bank, Manchester, NH
  • Denise Evans, Operation Food Search, Saint Louis, MO
  • Mary Szyhowski, Operation Food Search, Saint Louis, MO
  • Kathy Carver, Oregon Food Bank, Portland, OR
  • Tracey McDougall, Oregon Food Bank, Portland, OR
  • Von Roberts, Oregon Food Bank, Portland, OR
  • Seth Bixby Daughtery, UMN Extension, St. Paul, MN
  • Dorie Stone, Visiting Nurse Association, Omaha, NE
  • Mary Green, Visiting Nurse Association, Omaha, NE

2013 Inductees (for courses held in 2012 and 2013)

  • Fern Bogot, Culinary Instructor, Chicago, IL
  • Robert Gedman, Culinary Instructor, Ithaca, NY
  • Fran Gleason, Culinary Instructor, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Rob Holt, Culinary Instructor, Arvada, CO
  • Barbara Hughes, Culinary Instructor, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • MaryAnn Madigan, Culinary Instructor, Denver, CO
  • Rachel McCarthy, Culinary Instructor, Winthrop, MA
  • Cathy Neal, Nutrition Instructor, Farmington Hills, MI
  • Phyll Dondis Ribakoff, Nutrition Instructor, Weston, MA
  • Barbara Verble, Nutrition Instructor, Englewood, CO
  • Charmion Wood, Culinary Instructor, Bethesda, MD
  • Donald  Zimmer, Culinary Instructor, Big Rapids, MI

2011 Inductees

  • Jason Barry, Nutrition Instructor, Atlanta, GA
  • David Coder, Culinary Instructor, Littleton, CO
  • Rachel Duboff, Culinary Instructor, Seattle, WA
  • Gerald Shorey, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR

2010 Inductees

  • Vicki Connell, Culinary Instructor, Manchester, NH
  • Michele Morris, Culinary Instructor, Denver, CO
  • Dennis Taylor, Culinary Instructor, Arvada, CO

2009 Inductees

  • Jean Bowen, Culinary Instructor, Boulder, CO
  • Eva Forson, Culinary Instructor, New York, NY
  • Marilyn Matusch, Culinary Instructor, Vancouver, WA
  • Morris Salerno, Culinary Instructor, Lewisville, TX

2008 Inductees

  • Ellen Damaschino, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR
  • Mary Kay Gehring, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR
  • Allison Lew, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR
  • Robert Margolis, Culinary Instructor, Lakewood, CO
  • Andrew Nowak, Culinary Instructor, Denver, CO
  • Christopher Ryan, Culinary Instructor, Holliston, MA
  • Sue Sheldon, Culinary Instructor, Seattle, WA

2006 Inductees

  • Mike Bush, Culinary Instructor, Omaha, NE
  • Duane Long, Culinary Instructor, Omaha, NE

2005 Inductees

  • Marcus Lambert, Culinary Instructor, Chicago, IL
  • Robert  Winters, Culinary Instructor, St. Louis, MO

2004 Inductees

  • Tecla Coleman, Culinary Instructor, Denver, CO
  • Terrell Danley, Culinary Instructor, Washington, DC
  • Marni Foster, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR
  • Kenneth Goodman, Culinary Instructor, Hoboken, NJ
  • Carle Griffin, Culinary Instructor, Seattle, WA
  • Heather Langolis, Culinary Instructor, Providence, RI
  • William McRae, Culinary Instructor, San Diego, CA
  • Elizabeth O’Donnell, Culinary Instructor, Cranston, RI
  • Heather Scheer, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR
  • Linette True, Culinary Instructor, Portland, OR

2003 Inductees

  • William Bednar, Culinary Instructor, Washington, DC
  • Jason Santos, Culinary Instructor, Somerville, MA
  • Paul Sussman, Culinary Instructor, Cambridge, MA

2002 Inductees

  • Julie Acevedo, Culinary Instructor, Turnwater, WA
  • Carla Dias, Culinary Instructor, Pawtucket, RI
  • Chris Huff, Culinary Instructor, Rockville, MD

2001 Inductees

  • Marissa Almon, Culinary Instructor, Rumford, RI
  • Ken Collins, Culinary Instructor, Dartmouth, MA
  • Michael Degenhart, Culinary Instructor, Denver, CO
  • Michael Ehlenfelt, Culinary Instructor, Walpole, NH
  • Peter Franklin, Culinary Instructor, Marblehead, MA
  • Sarah McKay, Culinary Instructor, Detroit, MI
  • Denise Palmeri, Culinary Instructor, Boulder, CO
  • Julie Spector, Culinary Instructor, Wayland, MA

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