Facilitator, Taste Success (cooking team-building events); Consultant, Corporate Wellness Programs
Website: Chef Marshall O'Brien
"I started out as a prep cook for a 'mom and pop' restaurant and worked for a catering company. I loved the camaraderie and creativity. I saw magic in the kitchen with my fellow cooks when we were in sync, and I saw disaster when we were not! That inspired me to want to use the kitchen and cooking as catalysts to help celebrate and build teams, so I got into facilitating cooking team-building events. I also saw an opportunity to use a similar model to help kids connect with food, and, in the process, build self-esteem and interpersonal skills.
"I've taken all these experiences and developed live programs and video segments to complement companies' wellness initiatives and help their employees connect with healthy 'real' food. Inspirations include regular, everyday people. When I meet someone who says, 'I've tried something new thanks to you, and now I'm cooking more and trying new foods,' that really makes my day.
"I studied communications and psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth and culinary arts at Hennepin Technical College. My future goals and plans include continuing to support companies' wellness programs. Someday I'd like to have my own TV show. I'm very excited to be a new dad. That will be a lifelong adventure, and I feel privileged and honored to be embarking on it." Back to Ambassadors