Chefs Travel With CARE

Renowned Chefs Fighting Against Global Hunger

Learn about Chefs Spike Mendelsohn, Mike Isabella, Asha Gomez and Victor Albisu's recent tour with CARE to Peru.

Spike Mendelsohn: CARE Advocate

Bravo "Top Chef" contestant and Washington D.C. chef Spike Mendelsohn explains how he became a CARE advocate.

Chefs Advocating for CARE

Following their trip to Peru, the CARE chefs have been active in advocating on behalf of the poor and working in partnership with CARE to create policy changes.

About the Trips

CARE’s trips take chefs off the beaten path to talk with farmers and entrepreneurs, visit local farms, and meet with partner organizations. We believe when leading chefs meet the women and families behind the global hunger statistics, they will be inspired and motivated to lead change.

In January 2014, four prominent chefs traveled with CARE to Peru to learn about the challenges of and solutions to global hunger. On this three-day Learning Tour to Ayacucho and Lima, the chefs saw how investments in sustainable agriculture, women’s empowerment and better nutrition are paying off with higher incomes and improved family health. The trip focused on the importance of buying locally and supporting local farmers, central tenants of the philosophy that not only guides the chefs but also the hunger-fighting programs at CARE.

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MEET ASHA GOMEZ

Owner of Cardamom Hill and Spice to Table in Atlanta, says that chefs don’t just change menus. They change minds. Asha Gomez is participating in the Live Below the Line challenge where she will eat on less than $1.50 a day.

MEET VICTOR ALBISU

A half Peruvian chef and owner of Del Campo and Taco Bamba in the Washington D.C. area. During his trip to Peru with CARE, he cooked traditional dishes with students at his culinary alma mater Le Cordon Bleu.

MEET SPIKE MENDELSOHN

The owner of Good Stuff Eatery, We, The Pizza and Béarnaise, just steps away from Capitol Hill. This year, he helped CARE by meeting with congressional offices to advocate for U.S. food aid reform.

MEET MIKE ISABELLA

A two-time Top Chef alum and owner of Graffiato, Kapnos and G in Washington D.C. Mike was able to cook with the village women benefiting from CARE’s micro-loan program in Peru.

Read the Peru Trip Report

FIGHTING HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION: Ingredients for Success in Peru 

View the Trip Slideshow

LS: Chefs - In the News

CARE Chef Advocates In The News
The chefs, from left to right, Jimbo Echevarria, Victor Albisu, Spike Mendelsohn, Asha Gomez, and Mike Isabella, talk about their experience watching instructors prepare traditional Peruvian dishes at Le Cordon Bleu, in Lima, Peru, during the Chef's Trip,

LS: Chefs - Press Release

Chefs Interviews
Chefs Spike Mendelsohn and Paul Berglund

LS: Chefs - Testimonials

CARE Chef Advocate Testimonials
The chefs, from left to right, Jimbo Echevarria, Victor Albisu, Spike Mendelsohn, Asha Gomez, and Mike Isabella, talk about their experience watching instructors prepare traditional Peruvian dishes at Le Cordon Bleu, in Lima, Peru, during the Chef's Trip,

Ls: Chef Trip Box 5

Meet The Entrepreneur
Carina Nicholas Zamora, a CARE program participant and member of a guinea pig cooperative association, stands outside the kitchen of Marciana Canchari Enciso, a fellow CARE program participant and cooperative member, in Guayacondo, Peru on January 29, 201

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