Keeping Up With Cooke – Honoring Our Heroes

For years, we’ve honored soldiers, veterans and military families on Memorial Day for their duty and sacrifice. This year, we add frontline healthcare workers, essential workers, teachers and families, to that list. We think all of you deserve a “thanks” on this special weekend, and we wish all our families continued good health.


Our #CookingwithCooke initiative highlights chefs and gives them a platform to promote causes that are important to them. We are delighted to share their worthy endeavors with all of you, and we encourage you to join our chefs in support of these important causes. Learn more about our #CookingwithCooke campaign and how you can support our effort by clicking here




Chef King Phojanakong is at the forefront of the burgeoning Filipino food movement and is the chef-owner of Kuma Inn, and Tito King’s Kitchen at Jimmy’s No. 43, in New York City. King is a NYC native whose culinary influences began at home with the inspirational cooking of his Filipino mother and Thai father.

He has been featured in television programs including Cutthroat KitchenThe Rachael Ray Show, Food(ography), Selling New York and Mike Colameco’s Real Food.

Chef King graciously participated in our Food for Thought gala last year, and he has become a valued friend. King’s generous sharing of time and resources has been of great value to Cooke students.

“Schools are shut down and parents are out of work, but kids still need to eat. America’s kids need us in this time of crisis, and every day. Please donate now.”
– Chef King



In support of our #CookingwithCooke campaign, Chef King Phojanakong shares his Adobo Baby Back Ribs recipe to benefit No Kid Hungry. Don’t have a barbeque grill? Don’t worry, he’s adapted the recipe for easy oven/stovetop use.

Learn about King’s cause, No Kid Hungry

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