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Oprah Daily is partnering with Talenti Gelato on a new series, “Cooks for a Cause: Making the World a Better Place One Meal at a Time,” to showcase chefs who have made it part of their business to positively impact their hometowns. Maya-Camille Broussard of Chicago is one such culinary creator raising the bar on community service. Talenti is supporting Broussard’s efforts to open her own storefront on Chicago’s South Side.
Though Maya-Camille Broussard had a fraught relationship with her father—which partly stemmed from the food trauma he passed on to her—the Chicago-based baker believes in the power of forgiveness. It’s this conviction that led her to build her bakery, Justice of the Pies, in memory of her late dad. It was a way to “celebrate his love of pies and to honor his belief that people deserve second chances,” she said during Oprah’s “The Life You Want” class.
“Forgiveness doesn’t mean that what happened to you is okay; it is in no way condoning it. It’s really about letting go of that past, so it’s no longer affecting you now in the present, and you as you try to move forward,” Oprah shared during their conversation with Nedra Glover Tawwab, MSW, LCSW, author of Set Boundaries, Find Peace: a Guide to Reclaiming Yourself.
And move forward is exactly what Broussard did. She started “I Knead Love,” a program that helps children learn how to be self-sufficient in the kitchen, so they don’t grow up with the same food insecurity that she faced. With the support of Talenti Gelato, she’s also building her own larger bakery with extra space to grow the workshops.
Now, her father’s memory will live on not just through her quiches and tarts, but through the impact she’s having on the next generation.
Watch the clip above to catch Broussard’s chat with Oprah, and to see the entire class, head here.
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