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Meet the Social Development Commission (SDC)’s Culinary Instructor for the ChefStart program Chef John Damico:

How long have you worked at SDC?
Two and one-half years.

What do you do at SDC?
I’m the culinary instructor for ChefStart.

Tell us how it helps in the war against poverty.
I teach commercial food safety and culinary arts. The classes are designed to train food service managers. It is a jumpstart to a culinary career that allows individuals to access good jobs.

What motivates you? Why do you do this work?
I need to feel like I am giving back or I am not happy. I get to cook for people, share my passion for food and life and help the next generation of culinarians move ahead.

Describe a time when you felt like your work at SDC made a difference in someone’s life.
I have a student running her own restaurant. I am very proud of her.

Tell us something people don’t know about you.
I flew a B-52 for thirty minutes.

Lighting Round:

Dream vacation?
A Star Trek-themed cruise

Most recent book read?
Northern Lights by Raymond Strom

Favorite movie?
Most Science Fiction movies especially Star Wars.

Favorite song?
Helplessly Hoping; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

Favorite athlete?
I appreciate but do not worship athletes.

Favorite local restaurant?
That’s Amore, Hales Corners

Favorite hobby?
Cooking – of course!

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