For over 20 years, Chef Bryce has utilized his culinary skills to make a significant impact in the community. He is currently a chef for the American Heart Association (AHA) serving as instructor/educator for their Cook with Heart Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana program focusing on kids and teens. Chef Bryce empowers youth to make healthy food choices through hands-on cooking instruction and nutritional education, personifying AHA’s mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. He is the first culinary expert to hold the position for a national non-profit organization.
As the chef instructor, he takes students through a step-by-step journey from agriculture to meal prep, demonstrating how healthy meals can lead to happy and vigorous lives. Each day, he hand selects fresh ingredients, primarily focusing on whole foods that provide energy, support growth, and combat obesity.
Along with his instructor role, Bryce serves as program manager enhancing curriculum to engage teachers, parents, community volunteers, and school administrators. He also broadens financial support by securing partners and sponsorships with companies like Whole Foods Market and Los Angeles Dept. of Health.
A Michigan native and graduate of Chef Eric’s Culinary School of French Cuisine, Chef Bryce formerly owned a catering business that focused on creating healthier versions of soul food favorites. Bryce’s professional experience is broad and includes corporate positions as District Manager, Licensed Stores for Starbucks Coffee Company managing partnerships with Target, Vons, Marriott, and Albertsons just to name a few. He also served as Director of Operations for Magic Johnson Enterprises where he assisted in developing and managing a multi-million dollar joint venture portfolio with Starbucks Coffee Company, Loews Theatres, and T.G.I.Friday’s.
Chef Bryce lives his professional mission through personal activities. He enjoys outdoor sports and of course, creating new dishes, all with his loving family. He recognizes the importance of the family structure and credits his parents and host of aunts and uncles for instilling his strong work ethic and discipline.
Bryce is currently launching a blog with his eight year old daughter titled “Bryce’s Lunchbox”, where he will share tips and educate youth and parents about healthy cooking, nutrition, and food policy issues. He resides in Los Angeles with his family and is a member of the LA Food Policy Council.