Celebrity Chefs Face Off
Editor In Chief
“Paying it forward” and giving back to one’s community is something Black River Café co-owner, Bill Senk believes in.
Senk’s Black River Café and Speak Easy, was the location for “Celebrity Chef Night,” May 25, in Port Huron, to benefit the St. Clair County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels Program.
“It is such a good program. It provides peace of mind for the senior’s families,” said Senk, explaining the reason for supporting the Meals on Wheels program. “It allowed my father to remain in his home for the last five years of his life.”
Three chefs from various radio stations, Paul Miller WPHM Morning Show 1380-AM, Shawn Michel WBTI-FM 96.3 Morning Show, and Mike Gaylord host of the Everything Classic Show WHLS-AM 1450 and 1590-AM Port Huron and 1470-AM Flint, were the three celebrity chefs donating their culinary expertise for the event.
Miller, a SC4 Communications Department Adjunct Instructor and advisor for WSGR-FM 91.3, took home honors for the best dish, Chicken Piccata with Herb Pappardelle Pasta.
“I don’t have a signature dish, “stated Miller. He explained he had made the Chicken Piccata in the past so thought it would be good for the event. As to his experience working with the Café staff, Miller was made to feel welcome. “I was afraid I’d be in the way. The chef (Ryan Senk) and his staff were helpful. They respected my creative integrity.”
“There are millions of ways to get involved,” replied Miller. He felt lack of money shouldn’t keep SC4 students from getting involved in their communities. As for the cash prize of $100, Miller immediately donated it back to the Meals on Wheels Program.
According to Laura Neysem, Executive Director of the St. Clair County Program, the Meals on Wheels Program is available to homebound seniors 60 and over. Neysem explained their program has been affected by the tough economic times and they appreciated the support of participating chefs and the Black River Café.
“11,000 meals a day are served county wide,” said Neysem. “This (Celebrity Chef cook-off) is a wonderful thing that everyone collaborates on and it means everything to us.”
Home delivered meals are available to homebound seniors 60 and over regardless of their income. The suggested donation per meal is $2.
For information on how to volunteer or to arrange meal delivery for someone in need, call 987-8811 or 1-800-297-0099.