Fighting to Feed America

with Craig Baker, Indianapolis Representative for Culinary Fight Club

Indiana Health

Fighting hunger in the United States is an uphill battle. However, hope lives on in organziations like Culinary Fight Club and Fight 2 Feed which aim to provide food insecure communities with the fresh food they may not have access to on their own. From local, Indy eateries like The Local Eatery and Pub, Taco Shop and Bent Rail Brewery, Chef/Partner Craig Baker highlights the national food competition, Culinary Fight Club and how it works with Fight to Food to deliver food and cut down on America’s food waste problem. In fact, it is an 86 billion pound problem and that is how much is wasted, annually, in America, by households and the food service alike. Baker further details how the resources of chefs and mobility of food trucks helps the efforts to feed America, one city at a time.

You can visit culinaryfightclub.com to see when the food competition is coming to your city.  Culinary Fight Club: The Steak comes to Indianapolis on July 24, 2017 at Bent Rail Brewery.

Interview recorded on July 12, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part 1 of 1.

Read a partial transcript of the interview here:

Bennett: Let’s begin with how Culinary Fight Club and Bent Rail Brewery found each other.

Baker: So, about 5 years ago I attended World Food Championships in Las Vegas and forged some relationships with guys I met that were wearing Fight to Feed t-shirts. As Culinary Fight Club grew, Indianapolis was put on the map.

Bennett: How did Indianapolis end up being a host city for Culinary Fight Club?

Baker: Being so close to Chicago, Indianpolis was one of the first cities. We are now in 32 cities in total.

Bennett: You team up with Fight to Feed which brings food trucks together with a mission. Tell me about that.

Baker: It is a very natural way of getting food out through community centers and what not; primarily in Chicago and Indianapolis is one of the first five cities to forge expansion from there.

Bennett: You think about poverty and hunger and wonder if it ever can get better. What’s your thoughts on that?

Baker: So much food goes to waste in America, it’s crazy.  Almost half of all the produce in America goes to waste, so through organizations like Fight 2 Feed, we can transfer that food. Chefs being active in this, we can process and cook food much faster for people that can’t.