Featured Volunteer - Chef Silvia
This past Spring, 87 students ages 16-24 who enrolled in the school's 15-month culinary arts training program were excited to welcome Chef Silvia from the U.S. who generously volunteered two weeks of her time to teach sauté skills along with plating and presentation skills as a part of Esther's Aid's new Culinary Arts Visiting Chefs Program.
Esther's Aid is grateful to Chef Silvia for being the first visiting chef and serving as ambassador for the new program whereby chefs from abroad volunteer to teach culinary skills for one or two weeks at the school while also helping to raise scholarship funds for the program. Throughout her visit, she lend support to program initiatives to elevate Rwanda's food culture and culinary scene.
Please consider making a donation of $875 and change a life forever or make a contribution in any amount to give these students the skills that will feed them for a lifetime. And, follow Chef Silvia as she posts visit updates including video of her work at the school with students through www.facebook.com/ChefSilviaBianco. Here is a video of her visit to Esther's Aid.
About Chef Silvia
Silvia Bianco is an award-winning chef, writer and former restauranteur. She was the co-owner of Biscotti, a much-loved Italian restaurant in Ridgefield, Connecticut and winner of Zagat’s “Award of Distinction” for multiple years. At Biscotti, Silvia wowed her customers with original, sautéed Italian dishes, which exemplified the simplicity of her native cuisine in her own distinct contemporary style. She quickly became known simply as Chef Silvia.
Chef Silvia began offering cooking classes to her restaurant patrons in 1995 catering to a wide variety of culinary tastes from American to European and continental fare. Today she gives cooking classes to private groups and corporate groups (the latter as team-building events) for some of America’s top companies including: GE, Unilever, Dannon, Barnes & Noble, Procter & Gamble and many others. She also serves as the resident chef at Williams Sonoma, one of the world’s leading specialty cookware and home furnishing retailers, in Danbury, Connecticut.
Chef Silvia has cooked on stage at the highly-acclaimed Ridgefield Playhouse and The James Beard House and on numerous national TV shows, including The Today Show on NBC.
Author of Simply Sauté, the first in-depth book on sauté in the US, Chef Silvia is a regular contributor to the hugely popular website SimpleReminders.com with six million followers and has also written for The Huffington Post. She considers herself a holistic chef and spiritual teacher, writing from her years of spiritual study and practice as a long time student of A Course In Miracles. She has a spiritual blog called Miracles and The Chef in addition to a more mainstream blog called Notes from the Chef.
Chef Silvia has an MBA in Marketing from Pace University in Manhattan and a BA in Speech and Theatre from SUNY, the State University of New York.