Wanted: Visionary Vegetarian Chef

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"Big Dreams Required" by Catskill Animal Sanctuary

We want far more than a professionally-trained chef

Catskill Animal Sanctuary, upstate New York's renowned haven for horses and farm animals, is launching a national search for what it terms a "visionary vegetarian chef." The search, to begin immediately, is expected to attract resumes from around the country.

With the rescue portion of its operation fully established, the six-year-old sanctuary is now turning to the second part of its mission: raising public awareness of agribusiness and its impact on animals, humans, and the Earth, and more importantly, giving people the skills to "joyfully change their diets," according to Sanctuary president Kathy Stevens.

"We want far more than a professionally-trained chef," says Stevens, citing the Sanctuary's first requirement. "We want a visionary: someone who can work with us to create a compelling program that appeals to different audiences: young people, parents with children, Manhattanites. We want a gifted teacher--someone who can say to his or her audience, 'There's a whole new way of cooking that's fun, delicious, kind to the Earth and to animals… and you're going to be really good at it.'"

To that end, the Sanctuary is reaching out to culinary schools, local and Manhattan-based vegan restaurants, and what Stevens describes as "other vegan connections" to fill a position that will begin as soon as the right person is found.

The interview process will be rigorous. Those who pass the initial screening will be interviewed by a panel that includes vegan restaurant owners and CAS board members, staff, and volunteers. Three finalists will be invited to cook for the CAS community. Stevens stresses that only those comfortable cooking for groups ranging in size from 8 to 800 should apply. Additional information may be found on their website: http://www.casanctuary.org.

Founded in 2003, Catskill Animal Sanctuary has become one of the nation's leading rescues of animals most of us consider expendable: old and blind horses, pigs, sheep, chickens and more. It has been featured in national and regional media including the New York Times, Good Morning America, and NBC Nightly News. The story of the Sanctuary's first years and of the animals who changed Stevens' life is told in her book Where the Blind Horse Sings: Love and Healing at an Animal Sanctuary, scheduled for release at the end of the month. Stevens is available for interview.

Michelle Alvarez, Director of Outreach

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