COOK ALONG WITH CHEF KEVIN O'BRIEN
30/03/2021 at 16:00 GMT
ABOUT CHEF KEVIN O'BRIEN
Chef Kevin O’Brien has been baking since the age of five. He started out in the kitchen baking alongside his mother and two grandmothers. He learned the cooking side from his father. In addition to baking,
Kevin was a busy child model and actor, performing on the stage and in a movie. He found himself majoring in theater in college but changed to culinary school after he came to terms with possibly not becoming rich and famous.
The change was good because Kevin has found that baking and pastry is where he can most express his creativity. Having worked for major hotels, bakeries, restaurants, and corporate food service companies, Kevin currently serves as the Executive Pastry Chef for Jewell Events & Catering, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and The Lyric Opera, all in Chicago, Illinois.
Kevin has been featured on The Best Chef Network and is soon to make his Food Network debut on Baker Bingo.
I am a Performance and Health Nutritionist (SENr register) running my own business ‘Nurture’, providing nutritional programmes in primary and secondary schools. At present, operating in the North West of England. This entails practical cooking sessions, one-to-one support, supermarket visits, recipes and workshops with pupils, parents and teachers educating them on the benefits of good nutrition by providing them the knowledge to make informed choices. Being ‘Healthy’ is seen to be a middle class preserve, meaning you need money to eat and lead a healthy lifestyle. The goal of ‘Nurture’ is to dispel this by educating children and parents that your financial standing does not matter, that you can still lead a healthy lifestyle by following the mantra “Education from the roots up”.
I am, also, a sessional worker at ‘The Joshua Tree foundation’ providing nutritional support and cooking to children and families affected by cancer. This work directly links in with my research with researchers from Liverpool John Moore’s and Edge Hill university’s and future research in applying nutrition and exercise strategies to positively alter body compositional changes during aftercare treatment of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).