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Many people have asked me if Chef Kale is suppose to be "childhood Jasmine". The more I thought about that question the more it was revealed to me that Chef Kale is the time my mom taught me and my friends how to double Dutch with phone cord wires, Chef Kale is the street lights coming on and running home sweaty and being told you smell like " outside." Chef Kale is getting a knock at the door from all your friends who have organized a game to play outside and all you have to do is join in. Chef Kale is the scar on your knee from when you and your friend tried to jump over the big rocks at the basketball court. Chef Kale is being tender-headed at night and falling asleep while your mom combs through your hair.

So in short, yes. Yes, Chef Kale is "childhood Jasmine" in a world that "adult Jasmine" created. The only difference between my childhood experience and Chef Kale's is the food. In Chef Kale's magical world cucumbers can grow from basketball court fences and swing sets! My goal is to transfer the same love and culture around the food as there was in my childhood to Kale's world. When the ice cream man came in my neighborhood, it was like every kid would magically show up to this truck. People I had not seen in months would be out. It was a time to organize for another game or talk about the last. Exploring my relationship with food as a child and how it connected to my neighborhood friends, I remember there was a lot of trading and bargaining for candy and snacks. " I'll give you 3 gummy worms for 4 sour patch." Or " can I have all your red skittles?" Or " if I beat you can you give me your jolly ranchers." It was our money. Applying this culture of food to the world of Chef Kale has been so fun. Does this work? Could children actually feel the same way about vegetables and fruit? Could parents really find moldy tomatoes in a child's pocket vs an old sticks of gum? Will it still make sense ? We shall see...

Until next week,