Cooking Around the Country

Darwell Yeager is the newest member of America’s Chefs. The group of nine chefs from around the country travel doing cooking demostrations on TV and at festivals around the country.

“Today at Naperville we’re supporting a great cause, so we’re just really excited to be a part of this organization,” said Yeager.

The chefs did different demos each day during Ribfest, teaching people how to make different dishes-like Yeager’s crawfish etoufee. Because Ribfest is about kids, each day there was a kids’ cooking demo-like a smoothie made in a 25-gallon blender.

But underneath their fun and quirky personalities lies a much more serious goal. The primary purpose of not-for-profit America’s Chefs is to work with the U.S. military. The chefs travel around the world to different military bases, bringing the troops a taste of home.

“You get to people through their stomachs, you get through their heart,” said Stretch, one of the chefs. “It’s a known fact. So we all bring a little bit of culture and finesse and flavor to the troops.”

Since Yeager just recently joined America’s Chefs, Ribfest was his first appearance with the group. Helping the troops was why he wanted to join, and he’s looking forward to his first trip to a military base, and the New Orleans chef can’t wait for the troops to taste his crawfish etoufee.

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