Cooking is an Act of Love

Published: February 7, 2020


Without a doubt, eating is one of the greatest pleasures in life. But consuming foods without much attention to nutrition has serious health consequences that might have us digging our own graves with a spoon and a fork.

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Renowned Chef Isidro “Chilo” Chacón believes that preparing delicious, nutrient-rich foods in healthy amounts is a true act of love for everyone involved — those who prepare the food and those who enjoy it. Chacón emigrated from his homeland in the Mexican state of Chihuahua to the Phoenix metropolitan area more than 30 years ago. He got a job as a dishwasher and worked his way through the ranks under some of Arizona’s best chefs. He opened his own restaurant, the Lunch Box Cafe, more than 10 years ago and remains an important part of the gastronomic scene in the Valle del Sol.

“Cooking is definetely an act of love,” Chacón said with the sincerity and hospitality characteristic of Chihuahua natives. “An act of discipline, an act of hygiene, quality and even imagination. It is very gratifying to be able to combine the flavors with healthy ingredients that, in addition to contributing to development, leave you with a good taste in your mouth. It is a true fusion of ingredients that results in a dish to share with others.”

As part of the activities planned by the Equality Health Walk-in Clinic to celebrate American Heart Health month, Chacón shared his culinary expertise by demonstrating how to prepare easy-to-make recipes featuring the delicious flavors distinctive to the Hispanic culture and using healthy ingredients available to everyone. There was also a tasting area to savor what Chacón prepared.

“It is a great opportunity to learn more about cooking and get out of the typical meals we prepare,” Chacón said. “We must add healthy food to our daily menu.”

In addition to Chacón’s cooking demonstration and tasting, health practitioners took blood sugar and blood pressure measurements. Equality Health Walk-in Clinic representatives were on hand to share information about the clinic, which is located inside Food City.

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