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The Bonnie boomed with the voice of a chef to take note of. Kevin Roberts worked as the official chef of the Super Bowl and he was standing in front of Radford University students setting their heads straight.

The Los Angeles native wasn’t afraid of the college scene as a Health, Nutrition and Kinesiology major, he knew just where to hit: the junk-food filled stomachs. He had tables set up with actual food and continued to cook throughout his presentation.

Were you aware that scratched pans that are coated with teflon can cause cancer? How about that diet sodas have the same ingredients as formaldehyde? Roberts encouraged the soda-junkies in the audience, “If you’re going to drink soda, just drink the cracked-out version.”

He made a point to hit hard on America’s biggest problem: processed foods. Roberts told students the risks of a heavy diet of processed foods including a increased risk of colon cancer, encouraging those in the audience to flush out their systems with fiber. Apples, cabbage, beans, red grapes, broccoli, kiwi and avacados are packed with the good stuff to keep your colon clean.

He advised students to stay away from certain foods, claiming American cheese to be the worst cheese and called for a substitution with mozzarella, provolone, ricotta, feta, Parmesan or Romano on your next pizza. He also established that green tea, blueberries, pomegranates, cranberries and dark chocolate are filled with anti-oxidants to keep students healthy.

Giving students yet another easy recipe to chew on, Roberts baked grapefruits with cinnamon and honey in his valuable toaster oven. He encouraged everyone to eat breakfast everyday to jump-start their metabolism.

He advised students chow down on a “potassium stick,” or banana after workouts, avoid the iceberg lettuce because it lacks any nutritional value, use soy in place of regular milk and boil your wings before you cook them. Roberts favorite was to boil them in Yingling prior to cooking, knocking off 80 percent of the fat. And the hardest hitting advice of the night was to keep away from margarine because it causes cancer.

The Bonnie was raining bread, hot sauce and Hershey Kisses as the chef tossed the foods into the audience with correct answers to his mini quizzes. He served hot wings, soy milk and cereal, kiwi, grapefruit and gave audience members a first taste of ginger.

Roberts finished off the night of food with a little fun. Picking four volunteers from the audience, they each took one of the many bottles of hot sauce Roberts previously was handing out and the hot sauce drinking contest began. The three men and one woman gulped down the sauce and slammed the bottles down, their faces lit with mild pain.

The Food Dude left students with recipes to use in their dorm rooms or apartments and a sense of how to cook healthy. His cookbook, Munchies is available in book stores now.

Recipes of the night:

Breakfast Bagel Sandwich:
-Bagel (carbs)
-Cream Cheese (dairy)
-Turkey (protein)
-Tomato (live foods)

Grapefruit the right way:
-Grapefruit
-Cinnamon
-Honey (Natures sugar)

Best way to have broccoli:
-Broccoli
-Sea Salt
-Parmesan Cheese

Poor Man’s Pizza:
-English Muffins
-Olive Oil
-Pasta Sauce
-Parmesan Cheese

[This article was published in the Feb. 24, 2010 issue of The Tartan. It was also published online Feb. 23.]

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Kate Wilk is a Journalism major attending Radford University. She currently works for two Student Media organizations: Managing Editor for The Tartan, RU's student newspaper and Marketing Manager for Whim, RU's online magazine.

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