Real Men Cook Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Father’s Day Tradition


January 12, 2009


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Real Men Cook Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Father’s Day Tradition

Leadership Team includes Roland Martin, Kwame Jackson and Chef Jeff Henderson

Chicago, Illinois – Real Men Cook® For Charity has announced its leadership team for their 20th Anniversary campaign. Real Men Cook is a national brand and Father’s Day family celebration event where men from leading cities serve their specialty dishes for attendees. It is also inspiring a new Father’s Day tradition of family celebrations around food.

“In many ways we have already changed the way Father’s Day is celebrated,” said Yvette Moyo, who co-founded Real Men Cook. She added, “We turn the spotlight on involved fathers and father figures, uncles, grandfathers, coaches, teachers, and other men who contribute to their families and communities. These men volunteer their time to help and are the valued examples of men often overlooked serving silently as role models and mentors.”

Past Real Men Cook events have featured amateur volunteer cooks and celebrities, including President-Elect Barack Obama, who also penned the forward of the company’s Simon & Schuster published book titled Real Men Cook. This year’s Executive Committee is led by an accomplished group of men who are each outstanding in their various fields of endeavor.

Although 2008 was a breakout year for journalist Roland S. Martin, with turns as CNN Contributor, and Senior Analyst on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, he is no stranger to Real Men Cook. Martin is a veteran cook from events in Dallas, Houston and Chicago and will now be part of the Real Men Cook leadership team.

Also serving on the leadership team is serial entrepreneur and professional speaker Kwame Jackson. Jackson is CEO & Founder of, an executive neckwear collection and luxury apparel brand. Jackson gained international fame after finishing runner-up in the first season of NBC’s “The Apprentice.”

The Executive Committee is headed by former Nabisco Brands Director Ron LeGrand. LeGrand is a dynamic executive with an uncommon blend of expertise in Strategic Leadership, Business Development, Community & Government Relations, and Diversity & Inclusion.

“My objective is to spread the Million Man March like spirit of Real Men Cook so that it empowers more men,” said LeGrand. He adds, “We are changing things thanks to an amazing amount of media attention received annually in leading cities – including Atlanta, Benton Harbor (MI), Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.”

To learn more about Real Men Cook, and to view cook registrations and videos and photos of the event -including President-Elect Obama- visit


Press Release by Dallas South New Media, specializing in politics, community groups, and non-profits.

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