IN MEMORY OF SCOTT B. CRANE
(July 25, 1987 – June 11, 2011)
Scott Crane was a “food lover extraordinaire” and was excited about being an integral part of the creation and a founding member of the Board of Directors of In Chef’s Hands-Food Therapy for the Soul.
Scott was diagnosed with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, Centronuclear Myopathy, at the age of four. This disease weakened every muscle in his body. He began using a wheelchair in junior high school, but did not let his deteriorating muscles slow him down. After graduating from Glenbrook North High School, Scott attended community college, volunteered at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and worked at the Corner Bakery Cafe at Northbrook Court in Northbrook, IL.
During the year prior to his death, Scott went from being extremely active to being a patient of Midwest Hospice CareCenter. A Hospice social worker asked him, “Is there anything else we can do for you?” Scott responded: “Cooking therapy.”
Shortly after, Scott and Chef Eileen Constantine Boggins, a Midwest Hospice employee with a culinary arts degree, cooked in Scott’s kitchen, created a food blog and worked on a Midwest Hospice Cookbook—all part of cooking therapy.
In October 2010, friend Jeremy Dubin made arrangements for Scott and his family to have brunch at Sunda Restaurant with Chef Rodelio Aglibot, known as the “Food Buddha” from his TLC television show. At Sunda, Chef Rodelio taught Scott how to roll sushi and brought him into the kitchen to show him how to make his specialty dish.
This meeting gave Chef Rodelio, Chef Todd Stein, Jeremy, Scott and his family the idea of pairing well-known chefs with individuals with special needs, illness, physical limitations, or disabilities who have a passion for food or cooking and deserve a little cooking therapy.
In Chef’s Hands works to inspire and educate both the chefs and participants. It’s part of Scott’s living legacy to help others and bring people together though good food.