The Food Network show “Chopped” featured Chef Max Hardy as one of the contestants in which course by course, four chefs will be “chopped” from the competition until only one winner remains. In between one of the segments Chef Hardy announced that he was going to used the prize money from the show $10,000 dollars to help fund his foundation “One Chef Can 86 Hunger”. What a great cause here is a little more about the foundation.
Chef Maxcel Hardy, personal chef to NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire, founder of One Chef Can 86 Hunger, and culinary entrepreneur, first began his culinary experience in the Culinary Arts Program at Wharton High School in Tampa, FL. Working under the program’s Executive Chef, Edward Bujarski, Chef Max began catering events in the Tampa community. Recognized for his exceptional culinary skills and his talent on and off the basketball court, Chef Max was awarded a scholarship to attend Johnson & Wales University in Miami, Florida.
Shortly after receiving his degree in Culinary Arts, Chef Max began working in casinos in the Florida area before opening Chef Max Miami, a catering company specializing in a range of recipes of American, Asian, Caribbean, French, and Kosher cuisine. Proving to be a success, Chef Max has been able to train and employ a number of chefs between Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.
Chef Max’s clients include award winning Hip Hop and R&B artists, actors, professional athletes, and dignitaries like the Prince of Dubai and Prime Minister of Turks and Caicos. In 2010, Chef Max became the full-time personal chef for NBA All-Star Amar’,e Stoudemire.
Outside the kitchen, Chef Max created Chef Max Designs, a chef apparel line that gives a modern style to classic chef wear. In 2011, Chef Max founded the foundation One Chef Can 86 Hunger; its mission is to help fight the hunger crisis in America and educate people on maintaining a healthy lifestyle cost effectively. The foundation also raises money for students in culinary arts programs.
Chef Max has been featured in “Bon Appétit” and his hard work and persistence has been the key to him reaching his success before the age of 30. Chef Max continues to excel in culinary arts and has no desire to stop–hoping that with each dish he creates, people will be able to “taste his dedication to excellence in every bite.”
Chef Max is a winner in our book with a mission where “Hunger” will one day be Chopped.
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