As Heard on WTOP

Sun Dec 02nd, 2012

A chef who cooks without tasting the food??

Samantha Pecoraro is a 15 year-old young lady who dreams of being a chef - but she cannot eat.

From Cape Coral, Florida she is in DC this weekend as an apprentice to Cedar Restaurant's Chef Aaron McCloud. Samantha has a condition called Eosinophilic Esophagitis, an autoimmune disease that causes food to make her extremely ill. Because of this disease Samantha can only eat white potatoes which her body is able to digest.
Yet even though she cannot eat she dreams of being a professional chef. She takes a culinary class every day. She calls herself a "blind chef" because she cannot taste what she cooks so she focuses on presentation which she documents in photographs for her culinary portfolio.
No shy chef, Samantha recently perfected recipes for escargot and crème brulee.
Sunday December 2, Cedar Restaurant's Chef Aaron McCloud and Samantha will host a dinner benefiting CURED, the research foundation for Eosinophilic Esophagitis, the condition that affects one in 1,000 people.

Sunday December 2, 2012 - 6 p.m. Cedar Chef Aaron McCloud hosts benefit dinner for Samantha 822 E Street NW Washington DC 20004 202-637-0012 Tickets: $150 per person