A local chef is paying it forward with help from food manufacturer Catelli and its Help Us Feed the Hope campaign.
Chef Scott Grant, instructor in the Winnipeg Technical College’s Culinary Arts and Design Program, was asked by Catelli Pasta to come up with a recipe that any family could cook for under $10 using Catelli products.
"It’s always fun to be challenged in making a recipe," said Grant. "For me I made the challenge ‘What would I want to make for my kids?’
"I have three little girls, so for a second you take your chef’s hat off and put your dad hat on."
Grant’s recipe of turkey vegetable meatballs with whole wheat linguine was added to 14 others from top chefs across Canada; all were added to a free e-cookbook called Gourmet Family Meals for Under $10. The e-cookbooks can be downloaded from Catelli’s Facebook page.
"The response from the chefs was overwhelming," said Gaj Ramlal, senior brand master for pasta at Catelli.
"As a company we are committed to supporting communities where our products are sold."
In Winnipeg, local food banks will benefit from the national program. For every share its Facebook page receives, Catelli will donate a serving of pasta. The goal is to reach one million, and the page has been shared over 726,000 times.
"Two-hundred thousand is our goal for Western Canada and a million is our goal for all of Canada," said Ramlel.
"We are very happy with the results so far."
Grant was asked to participate because of his reputation and background in the Canadian cooking industry. Grant was a five-year apprentice of Culinary Olympics Team Canada member Chef Tim Appleton, and executive chef at the Winnipeg Squash and Racquet Club for eight years before teaching at WTC.
Grant said it is possible to eat healthy on a budget.
"I knew that I could make a great family meal for any (number) of dollars, but when it’s that kind of budget, you don’t have to get expensive vegetables. They are everyday vegetables; carrots, broccoli," Grant said.
"So the challenge was putting yourself in other people’s shoes. Asking what if my budget was that low?"