Healing through Cooking: A Veteran’s Story | Whirlpool Corporation

Healing through Cooking: A Veteran’s Story | Whirlpool Corporation


(dramatic piano music) – My name is Chef Roshara Sanders. I’m also known as Chef Ro and I am originally from
Bridgeport, Connecticut. I’ve always been in the culinary industry professionally since high school. I went to a vocational high school where I studied culinary. And my instructor was a Culinary Institute of America alumni. I just thought that, you know, joining the military
would be the fastest way and the cheapest way, if you will, to get to the school that I
have always dreamed of going to. I did six years. Four years active duty, and I did two years reserve. I did my time in Iraq. I did my time in Afghanistan. And then, once I came back, I was stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado. And then, I get finally to the best school in the world. I was able to use the GI Bill to pay a full ride. After I graduated top of my class, I get a call from the Food Network, and it’s “Chopped.” “We’re doing a veteran’s competition. “We think you’ll be a good fit.” I compete just to honor all my fallen comrades. I’ve lost 10 soldiers in Afghanistan. Once I came back from Afghanistan, I lost my roommate in Colorado. So, I just wanted to pay so much respect because these people have
laid their life down for me for me to even be able to go to college, for me to be able to even be
asked by the Food Network. And I don’t know how I pulled it off but I’m so proud that I was
able to become the champion of the Food Network’s “Chopped:
Veteran’s Competition.” If you’re a veteran, you know, no matter if you’ve been to war, if you’re not, if you suffer from PTSD or if you don’t. I’ve lost soldiers to suicide. You know, 22 soldiers a day
commit suicide in our country. And as a chef, I just have
found food as my therapy, food as my outlet, food as a way to be free. So, I just wanna show people that there’s other ways to survive. If you hire a vet, if you’re friends with a vet, if you associate with a vet, you got a good person on your side. We’re hard working. We’re dedicated. We’re fast learners. We communicate well. And we’re great team players. And I feel like as veterans, we know how to motivate, we know how to build up and be strong, and get the job done. (dramatic piano music)

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