Surya Ramjali is the creator of the non-profit organization One Night Chef. This charity allows supporters the opportunity to treat themselves to a gourmet, three course meal in the comfort of their own home while also contributing to society.
Throughout my life journey, from the mountains of Nepal to the plains of Kansas, food has been a part of my adventure. Cooking started as a chore. Growing up in Nepal, my mother had this assignment for my brothers and me; I was responsible for the preparation of dinner, my younger brother was responsible for lunch and my youngest brother for cleaning of the dishes. And thus cooking planted its seed in me.
When I moved to the United States at the age of 20, cooking became a way to connect. As a R.A. in my college dorm, I would often prepare meals for my residents. This experience allowed me to acquire my most basic cooking skills while connecting with an unfamiliar culture.
Later, I started a career as an aerospace engineer and moved to Kansas. Here, cooking became a way to relieve stress, a passion and an art form. This passion for food coupled with a passion for philanthropy bore One Night Chef.
The One Night Chef culinary adventure starts by reserving an evening at onenightchef.org to have a chef come to your home to prepare a three course meal. Here you select an available date and the menu of your choice. You are charged a fixed fees (based on the number of guests) to cover only the cost of the food use to prepare your meal. Any additional amounts deemed appropriate for the service provided by the chef are contributed to charity.
The charity to which the proceeds of One Night Chef is allocated to will change based on need and will always be featured on the homepage of our website. Fans of One Night Chef can visit our Facebook page to vote on the next charity to receive donations.
Right now, One Night Chef serves Wichita, KS and its surrounding areas. The goal is to one day have One Night Chef serve and raise funds for communities around the world. I want everyone to experience the joys of fine dining while giving to those in need. The preparation of food is a journey in itself. It is self discovery. It is art. It is science. It is teaching, learning, and feeling. The preparation of food is sensing, timing, mixing and growing.
The preparation of food is providing. Food is giving.
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