Retired Middleton police chief makes a stir as a cooking coach

Busy is an understatement. DiGianvittorio is known for his boundless energy and dedication to law enforcement — whether it was testifying at the State House as president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, participating in the Anti-Defamation League’s National Counter-Terrorism Seminar in Israel, representing Massachusetts in a Law Enforcement Torch Run leading up to the Special Olympics World Games in Athens, , or simply directing Middleton traffic when needed.

Food has always been an important part of DiGianvittorio’s life. He is happiest when cooking — whether it is in his kitchen, at one of the six grills/smokers in his backyard, or at his prized pizza oven from Italy.

Meghan Colby, a Special Olympics athlete, forms pizza dough into a pie alongside retired Middleton Police Chief Jim DiGianvittorio during a live-streamed pizza cooking tutorial.
Meghan Colby, a Special Olympics athlete, forms pizza dough into a pie alongside retired Middleton Police Chief Jim DiGianvittorio during a live-streamed pizza cooking tutorial.Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe/The Boston Globe

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Kia Damon Is Combating Food Apartheid One Nutritious Meal at a Time

The celebrated chef is using her culinary skills for those in need.

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Kia Damon in her Brooklyn kitchen | Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist

Kia Damon in her Brooklyn kitchen | Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist

“One time when I was a kid, my family gave me a task to cook the rice for dinner, and I burned it. After that, I was just banned from any cooking activities,” Kia Damon says about one of her earliest cooking experiences.

Years later, the self-taught chef has come a long way— with a vast array of culinary experiences under her belt, including being a Chopped champion, hosting season two of Nike’s Athlete’s Cookbook, and spearheading a new project called Kia Feeds The People Program that helps fight food apartheid in Brooklyn. 

Damon says she was able to redeem herself with her family after the rice disaster and shared how

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Julia Child’s top cooking tips are beyond genius


Though she started her career late in life, American chef Julia Child went on to become one of the first and most loved celebrity cooks. The TV star and author’s passion was French food, but she gave us an inexhaustible bank of kitchen wisdom, from poaching the perfect egg to not taking yourself too seriously. Here are some of her top tips.




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