Patt Morrison for March 10, 2011

Just Cook for a Just Cause – a young man’s recipes help the homeless

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Lara Minassians

Just Cook for a Just Cause by Patrick Minassians

Thirteen year old Patrick Minassians and his eighth grade class were challenged by their teacher to ‘pay it forward’ by finding a concrete way to help their community. Patrick, who loves soccer and math, also has a passion for cooking. As his mother Mary puts it, “He is simply obsessed with good food, good recipes and healthy eating. He is my little nutritionist.” And so Patrick put the two together – the challenge and his skills in the kitchen - and collected 50 family recipes into a cookbook which he sells online, with the proceeds going to Union Station Homeless Services in the San Gabriel Valley. A budding entrepreneur or philanthropist? Patrick tells his story as he joins Patt in studio.

Guests:

Patrick Minassians, student at Flintridge Prep; wrote cookbook Just Cook for a Just Cause

Rabbi Marvin Gross, CEO of Union Station Homeless Services, the largest social service agency in the San Gabriel Valley helping homeless and very low-income adults and families

Mary Minassians, Patrick's mother


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