It started with a parsnip. A chance encounter with a farmer led Sean Knurek to tasting and testing all sorts of new vegetables. This led to a fascination with plants which has led Sean into a major unpaid second job in the summer: Amateur Gardener.
It changed with a bowl of gumbo. During a trip to New Orleans, Sean noticed that many of the restaurants down there were proudly advertising the fact that they didn’t use freezers. All the food was fresh from farmers and local providers—“food as it should be.” This realization poured fuel on the fire of a curious home cook, and now many of Sean’s weekends are dedicated to trying new recipes with fresh, seasonal foods.
Now, in the moments in between getting dirty in the garden and rooting on the Spartans, Sean’s passions are aiding him in teaching nutrition and cooking skills to his fellow residents in Genesee County. Sean is teaching Cooking Matters courses for MSU Extension, and he hopes to bring his level of excitement and passion into the classroom as he teaches you strategies how to buy and store foods, save money, and cook tasty and healthy meals.
Sean has a degree in Journalism from Marquette University, a Master’s in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Public Health degree from Michigan State University. He hopes that in helping people learn how to manage their own kitchens that they will be empowered to take control of their own health and well-being.