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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Guest Blogger: Photographer Ed Lefkowicz with Teen Battle Chefs at the Dekalb Market

I am thrilled to welcome Guest Blogger Ed Lefkowicz.  Ed is a friend and colleague of mine who is as passionate about all the amazing things happening in New York City as I am.  He is a professional photographer specializing in advertising, editorial and publicity shoots.  See the portfolio of Ed’s images on his website,, and contact him at for all your photography needs.

Teen Battle Chefs at DeKalb Market

While not exactly obsessed with food, I have been attentive to it since childhood—at least 3 times a day, sometimes more often—so when I saw two teenagers preparing and serving fresh garden produce on the opening day of the new DeKalb Market in downtown Brooklyn on Saturday I had to learn more.

Chima Agwa, from Belmont Preparatory High, and Debbie Avila, a recent grad of Humanities Preparatory Academy, are part of Teen Battle Chefs,  a program of Family Cook Productions. Family Cook’s mission is to educate families about nutrition by bringing them together over freshly prepared meals, and to positively affect their health and well-being. Teen Battle Chef brings teens together, teaches them basic culinary and nutritional skills, and then lets them compete as teams to produce meals.

Chima and Debbie were prepping Herbed Summer Squash with Ricotta, the squash and herbs having been grown in the DeKalb Market garden. Erika Brenner, Farm Coordinator for the garden, said that the Brooklyn Grange offers support, seedlings and the like, and that participants from the Teen Battle Chef program help as well. There were two demos, at noon and again at two, and Chima and Debbie simultaneously prepped, explained, and fielded questions. The squash—one of the ball varieties of zucchini—with herbs and ricotta was fresh and delicious, and the chefs were knowledgeable and energetic.

Stop by, taste the samples, and give these young chefs some support. And if you want to get Teen Battle Chefs involved in your event, contact Rebecca Rinehart,  Youth Events Coordinator, Family Cook Productions. [singlepic id=1104 w=640 h=480 float=center] [singlepic id=1103 w=480 h=640 float=center] [singlepic id=1105 w=480 h=640 float=center] [singlepic id=1107 w=480 h=640 float=center] [singlepic id=1108 w=640 h=480 float=center] [singlepic id=1106 w=640 h=480 float=center]


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