Highland Park, IL Chef Launches Charity Bringing Culinary Education To Orphans

Oct 10, 2023

Chef Joey Morelli, the charismatic chef behind Max’s Deli in Highland Park, has set out on an ambitious new venture: bringing culinary education and food awareness to orphanages around the world.

They say laughter is the best medicine. Nutritious food doesn't hurt, though.

With Joey’s Food Fight, Chef Joey Morelli is bringing laughter and nutritious food to orphaned children around the world. He doesn't just want to cook for children, though. He wants to help kids develop culinary skills that can last them long into adulthood.

For more information, you can check out https://www.joeysfoodfight.com

Chef Joey is building a lasting partnership with Hope For the Silent Voices, a nonprofit charity that offers support and resources to vulnerable women and children around the world. Through this partnership, Joey’s Food Fight provides kitchen equipment and cooking know-how to support the health of children in orphanages.

In a 2019 study on childhood nutrition, UNICEF reported that entertaining messaging provides a lasting and positive effect on children and caregivers. Building on that concept, Chef Joey creates fun content on YouTube and TikTok that raises nutritional awareness and highlights the culinary arts. With Joey’s Food Fight, Chef Joey is bringing his message of laughter and nutrition to orphanages in person.

Joey Morelli is a long-time chef, restauranteur, and passionate philanthropist. He recently visited Central Ukraine to provide food for families impacted by the war. In Chicago, Joey is also a Board Member for StandUp for Kids where he provides meals for shelters three times a week.

Joey’s Food Fight began in Cambodia where Chef Joey taught children in an orphanage to shop for and make healthy meals on a limited budget. He also helped outfit the kitchen with modern appliances. By partnering with other non-profits, charities, and individual donors, Chef Joey looks to make Joey’s Food Fight a global entity. You can find more details at https://www.youtube.com/@joeysfoodfight

A spokesperson for Joey’s Food Fight said: “At Joey’s Food Fight, our mission is to empower and educate children in orphanages worldwide through the power of cooking. We believe that by teaching them valuable culinary and life skills, we can help them become self-sufficient and confident individuals.”

Go to https://www.tiktok.com/@joeysfoodfight to find out more about Joey’s Food Fight and learn how you can support the cause.

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