Last month, I attended the 10th Annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards with my friend Zakiya as guests of Campbell’s. We had a great time eating, listening to the amazing stories of the various honorees and seeing some wonderful performances by Colbie Caillat, The Company Men, Pasha and Aliona and Daughtry. Overall, it was a great time of learning more about heart health and celebrating those who are making major differences in the fight against heart disease.
I also had a chance to interview Chef Antonia Lofaso and Campbell’s Senior Executive Chef Thomas W. Griffiths at the event. I love when people are passionate about their food related jobs, so I wanted to share some of the highlights from our conversations…
Although my time with Chef Antonia was brief, I was impressed by how she juggles her multiple roles as a mom, chef, cookbook author and more. Her biggest tips were to be as organized as possible and to trust and relinquish control to those who are helping you in your business and personal life. (No micromanaging!)
I especially enjoyed my conversation with Campbell’s Senior Executive Chef Thomas W. Griffiths because we had more time to connect. To say that Chef Griffiths, one of an elite group of Master Chefs in the world, is passionate about food would be an understatement. His desires to leave a legacy of feeding children and fighting obesity were clear. While managing chefs from all around the world for the last few years at Campbell’s, Chef Griffiths has had a large platform to pursue his passion for heart healthy foods. Bold new flavors, quinoa, garbanzo, Asian and Mediterranean foods were among his happiest contributions at Campbell’s. Since Chef Griffiths travels around the world testing out new foods (what a dream job!), I asked him about some of the current culinary trends. Ancient grains (i.e. quinoa); using a lot of fruits and vegetables; charcuterie (“from the tail to the oink”) and the slow food movement all topped his list. In any event, I think that Campbell’s is fortunate to have Chef Griffiths leading the way in their kitchens…and I look forward to trying some of their new, healthy options!
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