By Guest Contributor Lani Furbank
On Monday, he was honored at theÂ 2nd Annual Chefâ€™s RoastÂ to benefit the chef advocacy group,Â Chef Action Network, andÂ Food Policy Action, an organization ColicchioÂ founded to monitor how elected officials vote on food policy issues. Colicchio is known for his activism onÂ issues such as GMO labeling, endingÂ hunger, and the eliminating the use of antibiotics in food. His â€œTop Chefâ€Â colleagues,Â Padma LakshmiÂ andÂ Richard BlaisÂ took the stage atÂ Union MarketÂ to poke fun at the head judge, but Colicchio had a chance to fire back as well.
On Tuesday, he shared some of his advocacy expertise by leading a day of advocacy withÂ a group of nearly 40 chefs from 34 states, including Padma Lakshmi, Chefs Richard Blais,Â Kerry Heffernan,Â Spike Mendelsohn,Â Sam Talbot,Â Victor Albisu,Â Emily Luchetti,Â Bill Telepan, andÂ Lee Anne Wong. TheÂ group spent the day on Capitol Hill, meetingÂ with over 120 congressional officesÂ to explain the importance of theÂ Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, which will continue to ensure healthy lunches for students across the US. Many chefs met one-on-one with lawmakers, including Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), and Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.).
Lani Furbank is a freelance writer and photographer who covers the intersection of food, farming and the environment. She is based in the DC area and loves cooking, hiking and crafting. Read about her adventures atÂ www.LanisCupOfTea.com.