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Food Network Chef and Author, Daisy Martinez, to Guest Judge LFHC’s National Health Center Week Healthy Cook-off!

LFHC will host a Wellness Fair on August 10 in honor of National Health Center Week. The fair will include live cooking demonstrations from Cornell Cooperative Extension, fitness and health insurance information, dental, glucose and blood pressure screenings, raffles, refreshments and more. Lutheran defines health as the total well-being of the community and its residents. That's why we're starting right here, with our employees and neighbors.

The highlight of the event will be a healthy cook-off, brought to you by Lutheran staff. The competition will feature celebrity guest judge, Food Network star and author, Daisy Martinez! Additional judges include chair of the Sunset Park Health Council, Inc., executive director of Health Plus, principal of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism High School at Erasmus, and executive director of Lutheran Family Health Centers. The grand prize winner will have his or her recipe served in the Lutheran cafeteria for one week, allowing everyone to enjoy the prize-winning taste!

We anticipate that this event will be widely attended by staff and neighbors alike and expect elected officials to join us as well. The goal of this event is to celebrate Lutheran Family Health Centers and National Health Center Week and to increase the availability and knowledge of nutritious foods to those in Southwest Brooklyn.

More about Daisy!
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Daisy began her career with education at the French Culinary Institute and worked as a prep-kitchen chef on PBS' Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen. After three years, Daisy grew into her own role as the host of the very popular PBS series, Daisy Cooks! Daisy has become a familiar face in most households, and is a regular contributor to Every Day with Rachael Ray, Siempre Mujer, and Reader's Digest's Selecciones magazines. She is continuously featured as a guest on popular TV shows all over the country, and travels all over the USA and abroad for cooking demonstrations and books signings. Daisy premieres 6 episode series, Viva Daisy! on Food Network in January 2009.

While celebrating life and family through food, Daisy is also intensely proud of her Puerto Rican heritage and is very active in the Latino community. Daisy's embrace of her cultural roots and knowledge of the broad spectrum of Latin cuisine are vividly communicated through Daisy Cooks!, the show, and her popular first cookbook, Daisy Cooks! Latin Flavors That Will Rock Your World (Hyperion 2005), an IACP nominee and winner of the Best Latino Cuisine Cookbook in the World by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, of the same name.

Click here for Daisy's full bio.

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