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Story of the Founder

 

Story of the Founder

During my youth, I lived in a small town known as Sun Valley Idaho. Starting the foremost, catering business in town, my mother and I tended to the responsibilities of her proprietorship. As a young lad I performed the mundane task of dishwasher, and in later years, I aspired to the position of prep cook. To further my passion in the art of cuisine, I decided to attend Los Angeles Culinary Institute in Burbank in 1991. After completing a strenuous eighteen-month program, I later moved to Cardiff, California to open a restaurant known as The Beach House.

Although life appeared in a progressive mode, I experienced consequential changes in my future plans. In November 1993, I sustained a serious right-side head injury as a result of an automobile collision. Spending nearly two weeks in a coma, I fortunately regained my ability for movement, speech and walking within three months of the accident. However, I suffered permanent paralysis to the left side of my body that restricts movement in my arm and fingers. One afternoon, unsure of my defined limitations, I felt profound discouragement when preparing lunch for myself. I struggled over simplistic kitchen tasks, many of which I seemed incapable of performing. What do other people in my situation do? How do they cope? I curiously wondered.

Consequently, I founded The Munchoff Foundation, a non profit organization, whose primary focal point is to develop and teach methods of adaptive cooking to physically challenged individuals with limited range of motion. Preparation of nutritional meals and kitchen safety is also consequential to the Foundation while teaching increased skill and greater independence. Considering myself be an expert in the field, EMMY Award winning filmmaker John Upton, known throughout the world for his work on behalf of Romanian Orphans, believes in the work of the Munchoff Foundation, and has offered to help us. His goal for my Foundation centers around development of marketing tools including a website since over forty-three percent of individuals currently search the Internet for medical advice. For additional exposure a video story will be created for medical facilities and prospective donors. Although the concept is in early stages of development, the plan is to share our ideas with corporate America and have them sponsor our mission as well as receive a tax deduction for the work that we do. The Munchoff Foundation is inherently fundamental in nature, yet highly unique, and I am profoundly committed to the personal attainment of my objective. Cognizant of the fact that dreams become reality with knowledge, perseverance and fortitude, I am confident my personal story provides immense opportunity for disabled individuals nationwide. If you or someone you know could be helped by our foundation please direct them to this web site we are more than happy to help.