Friday, January 29, 2010 | 02:05 PM
Bravo's Top Chef Ron Duprat Gives Healthy Eating Tips
ESSENCE.com: So what ingredients are least costly but most important in daily cooking? DUPRAT: Extra virgin olive oil. I don't believe it is butter. You can use this for salads, meats and baking. ESSENCE.com: What key steps should people start now to eating healthy and smart?DUPRAT: Don't skip breakfast. You should eat small portions, drink lots of water and do not use too much sugar. Also, eat seasonal, it is less expensive and super tasty. Do not fry any thing. Use a different cooking method like roasting, broiling or grilling. ESSENCE.com: Any other advice? DUPRAT: Stay away from pizza! ESSENCE.com: Tell us about Hearts For Haiti. DUPRAT: On February 14th, some of the world famous and celebrity chefs and their restaurants will join me with American dining relief benefit dinner to donate 5 to 10 percent of their proceeds to Hearts for Haiti. The donated funds will be divided among two charities helping the people and animals of Haiti. The organizations are Hollywood United for Haiti and Kinship Circle Disaster Relief. One hundred percent of the donated funds will go directly to on-the-ground relief efforts. ESSENCE.com: When did you have that a-ha moment to help out? DUPRAT: I was very touched when I saw Sean "Puffy" [Combs] come out to support Haiti. I mean, you are talking about a man who has nothing to do with Haiti but stood up for us. I said, "How can I do the same?" I am a chef, so I figured that's how I could give. Check out a Quick Jambalaya recipe from Hillshire Farms!