Whipping up a delicious, budget-friendly meal can be a challenge for the most creative of cooks. Join the Food Bank of South Jersey’s Chef Kita as she prepares healthy dishes that save time and money, leaving room for more family fun – and a lot less food waste!
The Hunger Bites cooking show is an extension of the Food Bank of South Jersey’s nutrition education programming that addresses the second prong of the organization’s mission. Led by the Health and Wellness department, the Hunger Bites cooking television show is an additional channel through which FBSJ reinforces its vision of increasing consumption of healthier foods. The all-health, no-waste cooking show takes the guesswork out of creating delicious healthy meals the whole family will enjoy.
The show will offer tips and healthy eating hacks that will give the most inexperienced cooks confidence in the kitchen, empowering residents across our communities to adopt healthy eating behaviors.
Growing up, Chef Marquita Speed (Chef Kita) always loved to cook, starting at age five peeling vegetables and preparing delicious meals in her home kitchen with a little help from her loving village of family. By the time Chef Kita was a high school student, she was seasoned at cooking full meals – experimenting with ingredients, testing the limits of family favorite recipes and perfecting the Thanksgiving dinner.
Studying culinary arts, as well as dietetics, deepened Chef Kita’s love of cooking, bringing to her kitchen creations a vibrant focus on preparing delicious dishes to promote health and wellness, as well as food sustainability and a ‘no food waste’ philosophy.
With a true philosophy of health that the food we eat has a significant impact on our health, Chef Kita embraces creative, sustainable and preventive ways to create meals designed to help prevent or control many health problems, including obesity, diabetes and certain risk factors for cancer and heart disease.
ServSafe Certified, Chef Kita promotes the science of nutritious cooking to educate, empower and inspire people to give their bodies the nutritional care needed to generate an integrated state of wellness – mind, body and soul.
Since 2016, Chef Kita has served as an inspirational nutrition and wellness visionary for the Food Bank of South Jersey, South Jersey’s largest hunger-relief organization, and a member of the Feeding America network of national food banks.
Working to help alleviate hunger in South Jersey by teaching healthy cooking and nutritional understanding, Chef Kita is dedicated to bringing awareness to the plight of food insecurity as she shares her approach to healthy cooking and sustainable food management for one and all. Chef Kita’s motto: It’s not what I cook, it’s where I cook it – South Jersey! #ChefKita