Wholesum Family Farms is one of North America’s fastest-growing organic producers, with farming and greenhouse operations in the United States and Mexico. Miguel Crisantes Gatzionis, a Greek immigrant, planted his first crop in Sinaloa, Mexico, in 1930. More than 80 years later, his son and grandsons have led the company to the top of the organic field.
That story held great appeal for 14-year-old chef Haile V. Thomas, who got interested in cooking and healthy eating when her father was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes when she was 8-years-old. Her dad made a full recovery thanks to the family's change in eating habits, and at age 10 Haile started working to engage, educate and inspire youth and families to embrace healthy habits.
Haile was one of eight young chefs featured on season one of "Rachael vs. Guy Kids-Cook-Off" on Food Network. She is also a Jr. Chef Advisor for Hyatt Hotels' "For Kids, By Kids" menu and a contributing writer for several magazines, sharing healthy recipes and encouraging readers to explore new plant-based recipes.
Here Haile and Wholesum's Ricardo Crisantes talk with Maggie Giuffrida about Haile's inspiration — and share some of her delicious dishes.