When Massachusetts-based chef Steve Dunn began scouting about for volunteer opportunities a couple years back, he never dreamed that he’d find such a perfect fit in Cooking Matters.
Steve was looking for an opportunity to share his passion for cooking in a way that would really change lives. Over the course of the nine courses he’s taught so far, the Cooking Matters experience delivers on this promise every time.
As a chef instructor, Steve has the benefit of teaching from a curriculum that is well developed and tested, but that allows him the flexibility to bring his own voice and experience to the forefront. As a father of five, Steve has been through every picky-eater food battle you can imagine, and loves arming his students with a few tricks to help them manage their own children’s challenges, and get them on the path to eating real, healthy food at an early age. For Steve, there is nothing better than hearing students recount their successes as they cook new and healthy foods for their families with the ingredients they take home, and with the skills they’ve learned in class. The look of pride on their faces as they share their family’s excitement with mom’s new skills, and how they take to the introduction of new and healthy foods to their mealtime routines, is always a highlight of his time together. So is catching the slight grin or the twinkle in the eye that signifies what Steve calls “light-bulb” moments. Witnessing the exact moment when a student makes an important connection or discovery is just the best, Steve says. Whether it’s a trick to learning how to cut an onion without crying, deciphering a nutrition label for the first time, or finally understanding what trans-fats are and how to avoid them, it’s being a part of these “a-ha” moments that keeps him coming back to Cooking Matters.