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I met Kathleen Daelemans!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Anyone who knows me knows I'm not into that whole "gushing over someone just because they're a celebrity" thing. People are people. Some are interesting, others not so much. Well, toss that out the window... I found out today that the right celeb will have my attention!
For those of you who don't know who I'm talking about, Kathleen Daelemans is more or less an original "celebrity chef". Kathleen was a 200+# woman who was hired as a chef at a spa in Hawaii, and for no reason other than necessity, she began creating healthy food that tasted good. Somehow this experience got her to television, where she eventually hosted her own cooking show. I used to watch her years ago on food tv and what I loved about her approach to food was that she presented fresh ingredients that made you really want to eat the healthy food. It was just as enjoyable watching her use olive oil as it was watching Julia use butter!
Anyways, I attended a Health Fair event today where she was the guest demonstrator. She cooked and talked to 500 of us women for about an hour, giving us some terrific tips and sharing stories about herself. She told us about her passion for cycling - that's when I really perked up! - and about an accident she and her bike were involved in in 2008 where she ended up with a broken back. Oh my! It didn't stop her though. She went through therapy and hopes to be back in the saddle this year. Ok, so a fellow cycling enthusiast who was also hit by a car and who enjoys eating and cooking healthy. Ok, the $10 I spent to come to this event was not wasted...I'm entertained. Then she drops a plug about Penzeys (my FAVORITE source for fresh spices!) and I'm 100 % sold on her! Man, if only there was a book signing included, I'd surely get in line and make a fool of myself!lol!
Fast forward to a bit later. I take a quick break to use the ladies room. I walk out only to see Kathleen just sitting there in a chair just outside the banquet room. !!! I beeline to her. "Kathleen, that was such a terrific demonstration! I really enjoyed your recipes and tips!" She politely thanks me and I go on to say "Honestly, I'm most excited that you are a cyclist! " which launches this whole conversation about cycling and living in the wrong states for the sport and being hit by cars (it's happened to me twice! and I'm still alive!) and PENZEYS! And about 20 minutes later I finally leave her alone to talk to another fan that came up behind me.
What a hoot! Just my luck that I had left my cell phone (camera) at my table in the banquet room ... will anyone actually believe that I met a celebrity chef???
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    And I met the most unbelievable woman at the event too. She had a sparkling personality. She was vivacious, passionate and a TOTAL inspiration to me. I really enjoyed our chat and hope you're enjoying a GREAT cycling season. I'm back on my bike and last weekend I rode my first full Century since the accident. It's been a great season. Not without pain but that's what physical therapy is for. There's NOTHING like the miracle of being alive and with friends pushing your body and soul to its outer limits on a long, hard bike ride! Be well and maybe we'll hook up again!

    2835 days ago
    I wonder if Kathleen knows what a big celeb you are ... at least in my circles !! She might have whipped out her camera and took a snapshot of you emoticon
    2981 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2010 9:43:28 AM
    Very cool! I'm so happy for you!
    2981 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    THAT IS AWESOME!!!! I guess the centegra event was a hit!!! HOW FUN!!!
    2982 days ago
  • LAURA9021
    I used to love her show on the Food Network. I have 2 of her books. I wish they would bring her show back it was so inspirational and she did not let any one make any excuses. Congratulations. emoticon
    2982 days ago
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