What started out as his love for food has blossomed into his calling.

In his own family, Chef Bryce Fluellen has seen loved ones suffer from strokes and heart attacks, so he decided that he wanted to be part of the solution. As the first culinary expert for the American Heart Association (AHA), Chef Bryce is an instructor/educator for AHA’s Cook with Heart Los Angeles, South L.A., East L.A., Long Beach and Santa Ana youth programs for students in grades 3-12.

“Kids are falling in love with fresh, whole foods and the thing is to teach them the importance of eating it and how to prepare it.”

“I learn so much from the kids every day and it was unexpected. I didn’t think about it and it’s just so many things that they teach me not only the kids, but the parents, etc. I always tell people if you want to learn something you have to get in and be a part of it and be in the community and not just research. Research is fine and research has its place, but nothing replaces hands-on experience,” says the chef.

Chef Bryce, originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, started working in various restaurants as a waiter while in college.

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