Veggiecator of the Month: Rosa Cohen | Veggiecation© a Culinary-Nutrition Education Program About Vegetables
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 20:16

Veggiecator of the Month: Rosa Cohen

Rosa Cohen is the prime example of someone who saw a need for change and felt the strong desire to take action. Her passion is fueled by an anger of sorts – which, many people in this industry can relate to. The idea that food can and should be a nourishing and educational part of our lives and the lives of children is not one that should be so far from reality. That’s why Veggiecator Educators like Rosa do what they do, to change attitudes about food and shape behaviors.

Rosa is originally from Connecticut and moved to New York in August of 2011. Her love for the city is rooted in its intensity. There millions of people who are all extremely different and there are various urban landscapes. She describes the city as feeling electric and we feel it too, not only on the streets, but also in the schools and people we work with.

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Working as an instructor and caterer with the Children's Aid Society for their Go Healthy Program, Rosa first heard about the program through a colleague. She trained in the summer of 2013. Though she was working with a similar organization that goes into schools to teach healthy eating to students as Veggiecation does, Rosa was drawn the flexibility and autonomy that Veggiecator Educators have being their own boss.

Rosa’s passion for teaching children about healthy eating is apparent in her dedication to TWO organizations with similar missions. She currently teaches two classes a week through the Children's Aid Society and will be teaching hundreds of students in May and June, through Veggiecation.

Her favorite experience working with children was when she volunteered in the middle of a clothing department in Macy’s – guess you have to go where the people are – for Macy’s Heart Health Event in February. She also travelled to North Carolina to host a Veggiecation birthday party for a friend! Imagine the parents’ surprise to be served healthy, delicious snacks prepared by their kids! 

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Being so passionate about healthy cooking and cooking in general is what drives Rosa to educate children. Being a good cook in her own kitchen has translated into being a wonderful instructor in the classroom effortlessly because of her own excitement and enthusiasm. With her love for cooking, she recognizes the necessity of teaching people how to prepare healthy, wholesome meals.

As passionate as Rosa is about cooking, her love and understanding for food is what fuels her desire to educate youth. The frustration with the food system that got her involved in educating youth in the first place is one that she battles with her own two hands, via cooking!

What has been the best thing about your Veggiecation training? and VEN  membership? I enjoy the freedom and variety of the demonstrations.

What's your favorite anecdote about an especially cute or picky child? One time, a student said that she enjoyed cooking with me because it was like art. I thought that the comparison was beautiful because cooking is an art!

What are your favorite recipes to use? The Pumpkin Hummus Recipe is by far a favorite! Children always end up licking their plates!

*Rosa is certified in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell, Cornell’s online university. She also worked an organic farm and is skilled at sustainable gardening techniques and sprouting!

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