I’m always very proud when I think about the amount of talent that resides right here in Naperville. One of the many talented people is Johanna Cook, also known as Momma Cuisine.
She is not only a great cook, she’s a rising celebrity with national recognition. That recognition will set the stage for hosting a regular cooking show for a live audience at Chicago’s Social Media Week. She’ll be joined by pretty impressive chefs and cooking celebrities, and you can join in, too!
As a busy mother of three, Cook wanted to create great home-cooked meals for her family. In a country where family meals are no longer the norm, she set out to change that. Cook’s goal is to seek out simple, accessible and inexpensive ingredients to create delicious family meals. From her experience in the restaurant industry and her passion for cooking and family, Momma Cuisine is on a mission to get families back to the table.
“I believe it’s so much more than slaving away in the kitchen,” Cook said. “After a long hectic day, I want to bring my family together with a healthy, no-fuss meal using basic cooking techniques as well as ingredients.”
For those of you who know how much I love cooking, I’m a big proponent of family meals. Studies show that families who dine together tend to eat more vegetables and fruits — and fewer fried foods and soda. Further, when younger kids frequently eat dinner with their families, they are less likely to be overweight than other children.
Cook’s style and ability to simplify cooking has garnered some well-deserved attention. Her ability to blend social media, web video content, appearances and events, has been essential to her steadily growing fan base.
This week, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to see Momma Cuisine live with celebrity foodie guests during Chicago’s Social Media Week from Sept. 23-27.
Social Media Week (SocialMediaWeek.org) is a worldwide event spanning many major cities for a week of events and workshops, where industry leaders share ideas, trends, and best practices with regard to technology and social media’s impact on business, society and culture.
As part of Social Media Week Chicago’s featured foodie programming, Cook will host a special episode of her online cooking talk show featuring celebrity guests, interviews, recipes and lifestyle segments. “Live with Momma Cuisine!” uses a digital platform to bring Cook’s mission of making great everyday meals with simple ingredients and basic cooking techniques into every home across America, which is why she was a natural for the foodie part of the event.
“We will have guests from a variety of food backgrounds on this show, including celebrity chefs, the new “Check Please” show host, a cookbook author and the owner of a very popular grocery market chain,” Cook said.
Cook will explore how each individual has contributed to great food in Chicago and in our homes.
One of Momma Cuisine’s guests will be Carlyn Berghoff of the infamous Berghoff restaurant.
“She recently published a cookbook called ‘Gluten-Free Family Food,’ so we’ll be making a really delicious, healthy recipe from her book,” Cook said. “Coming from the Berghoff family and restaurant, I can’t wait to ask how difficult it was to go gluten free.”
If you would like to attend a free taping of “Live with Momma Cuisine,” visit www.socialmedia.org/chicago/schedule and look for Momma Cuisine. The taping of her show will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday.