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Watch Me: Chef Stephanie Rose enjoys cooking from, for the heart

Stephanie Rose

Chef Stephanie Rose, manager of Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen. (Submitted photo) 

Stephanie Rose
Manager of Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen

When she walks into work each day, Chef Stephanie Rose pinches her arm to remind herself that her job isn’t just a wonderful dream. As a manager of the Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen, Chef Rose helps students learn about nutrition, use basic kitchen appliances, and through hands-on instruction, prepare meals to take home to their families.

Chef Rose received a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from George Washington University and is currently completing her Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems at Green Mountain College. After studying at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in France, Chef Rose worked at Lespinasse and at the Watergate for the late Jean-Louise Palladin. For several years, she was an event planner at the historic Puck Building in New York City and at The Manhattan Penthouse.

Led by Chef Rose and her team, the Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen delivers hands-on cooking classes using recipes that are budget-friendly, heart-healthy and align with the American Heart Association dietary recommendations around sodium, sugar and fat intake. While the in-kitchen instruction has paused due to the pandemic, it has taken classes online offering virtual cooking classes using Zoom. The new digital strategy allows them the opportunity to reach many more community members interested in learning how to cook healthy food at home.

Chef Rose chose her career path because she loves food. She has stayed because she believes that the Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen is truly making a difference in the community, helping parents and children change their eating habits so they can live longer, healthier lives.

One of the initiatives/examples of this is the Soups for Seniors program. More than 25% of Baltimore seniors live in food-insecure areas, a factor heightened by socioeconomic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. In response, the American Heart Association launched Soup for Seniors — sourcing, preparing and delivering 240 to 400 nutritious soups weekly to the city’s vulnerable seniors.

The Soups for Seniors program – an extension of the Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen – provided sealed quarts of prepared soups using AHA recipes and guidelines over and eight-week period serving low income seniors in Baltimore.

For more information about the digital classes, view a schedule of classes or to get involved and support the kitchen please email baltimorekitchen@heart.org.

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Stephanie Rose

Stephanie Rose

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