Meet Kids Cafe Chef, Robin Coleman

May 19, 2010 § 2 Comments

Chef Robin Coleman with Demadre

Chef Robin Coleman knows how to cook a mean peach cobbler. Just ask the children who attend Dove Springs Recreation Center Kids Cafe program. “I love these kids,” says the chef. “I feel like their grandpa.” Chef Coleman cooks all the food from scratch, tweaking the menus to accommodate for special dietary needs of some of the children. “For a lot of them, this is it. A lot of them go home and don’t have anything to eat. [This program] is really needed in this community. We feed the kids first, and if the parents come we’ll serve them too.”

Chef Coleman continues the food service program at Dove Springs through the summer months. “Sometimes I do a barbecue, right in the middle of the camp season. Mainly for the parents who work in the summer,” he says. “It’s rough on the parents out there. I’ve adopted five kids, so I know what it’s like to feed a family.”

“We usually have 200 kids every day,” Coleman says.  “The kids look forward to a hot, home-cooked meal. I think I’m the only one who really cooks from scratch—bread, puddings, pasta. It makes the kids feel like they’re at home.” He creates all of his own recipes, but warns us, “I can’t share them with you! Top secret.”

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“When the Chef gets here they crowd around the table. He’s pretty cool. He’s funny. I really appreciate it,”  Demadre says.  “It’s fun being here. Thank you!”

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