I am a Culinary Professor at both Lansing Community College and the Art Institute of Detroit/Novi. On my days off, I enjoy being a substitute educator through the Principal Education Service Group (PESG) of Michigan, for all Michigan school districts. It has been mentioned that I am “very active in our community” (Radio, 2010) and make a difference in many people’s lives. I am a Humanitarian, an educator, a volunteer, and believe in paying it forward. I have 2 non-profit organizations, one works with abused & battered women and children. The other helps college students with text books by giving discounts on their books, with the education and understanding of paying it forward. I want to do great things for the community I live in and care about. In 2009/ 2010 I was the host of a cooking show called chef nick’s market meals working with local farmers markets in greater Lansing. Many times in my career I have worked with different food banks and served food to the homeless and the elderly, knowing the same line one day may only be a pay check away.
Have you heard of the Traveling Stone Soup Event? Both Peppermint Jim and Chef Nick have put their “humanitarian minds” together in creating this heartfelt event to give back to the community..