Chef Jerome Grant is currently the executive chef of the ¬†National Museum Of African American History and Culture.During our interview, he was the executive chef of Mitsitam Cafe in the National Museum of the American Indian. Chef Grant’s road to the Mitsitam Cafe began in Maryland, with stops in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and St. Croix, and the influence of Jamaican, Native American and French cuisines. At Mitsitam Cafe, Chef Grant sources ingredients such as wild rice, chocolate, bison and wild elk to feed over 500,000 museum visitors authentic Native American dishes, and, just as importantly, support Native American tribes and small business owners. Whether preparing spiny lobster in St. Croix or bison, the national mammal of the US, in Washington, DC, Chef Grant understands food as the cultural heritage that both distinguishes and connects all of us.

Mr.Coss Marte transformed his body and health with a bespoke fitness program developed while serving time for drug trafficking. Now he is opening his fitness studio, ConBody,  at Saks Fifth Avenue. We spoke with him in June 2015. This is what reentry can look like.

Chef Freddie Bitsoie is an award-winning Navajo chef and now, the new executive chef of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. There are over 500 Native American tribes in the US and all have a distinct cuisine served in family homes, community events, and restaurants. During childhood, Chef Bitsoie traveled and lived throughout the Southwest and understands the central role that food plays in culture, history, health, and tradition. Chef Freddie Bitsoie shares his personal story and discusses how Native American food helped create cuisines enjoyed across the globe.


Chef Herbert Holden, chef, and SNAP-educator at the University of the District of Columbia shares tips on keeping you, your family and guests safe during family meals and family reunions. From what to look for in a caterer to keeping food poisoning at bay at home, Chef Holden knows, from years of experience, the do’s and don’ts for making school lunches and staying food safe during power outages.


Dr. Nancy Young, Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, joins us to discuss how parents can help their college student navigate university campuses successfully, and ultimately, graduate. Preparing for college these days starts before the move-in day with conversations on alcohol use, nutrition, and the importance of an adequate sleep schedule. Parents remain important sources of wisdom and advice, even to college students, and can help them access services, academic advisory, and mental health, on college campuses. Millions of college students live with a medical diagnosis that requires continued care and support during the school year. During college visits, parents and students should ask about the services and health care professionals available in university health centers. We discuss HIPAA, FERPA, and unexpected student health emergencies during the college years with our guest on the Hope and Wellness Show.