Today, he was interviewed on CBS This Morning by Lee Woodruff on his successful campaign to take the military into the kitchen.
After ‘Chef David’ created a 10-video series: How to Cook (And Eat Your Mistakes), he concentrated his efforts on a new program called Culinary Command Training, an intensive culinary training program for returning U.S. veterans, as well as active military.
The purpose of the program is to help returning war veterans transition and re-tool for a career in the culinary and hospitality arts. He put his efforts and time toward this initiative because he was stunned and saddened by the number of suicides among this group, and because he wanted to lend a hand — and offer hope — using the tools he knew best: his love of food, hospitality and the kitchen.
Last year and again this year, I spent a day at Chef David’s school in Chatham, New York. I talked, (of course), about the extraordinary range of food jobs that are available to all of us who love food, but may not want to actually cook, or work in a restaurant.
It was an immensely stimulating and inspiring experience for me, as I had not previously met a single man or woman who had served in the military.
One of the students, a former marine told me the greatest, most memorable meal he had ever had, was served in a desert outpost in Afghanistan.
“It was a barbecue.
A whole pig was roasted in a pit in his God-forsaken hell and triumphantly devoured by the soldiers (along with baked beans, mac and cheese and a barrel of beer).
It’s hard to imagine anything would ever again taste as good as that pork!”