Real Men
Representing Real Father Figures
in our communities

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Real Men Cook promotes positive images of men in relationship to their families and communities. Real Men Cook celebrates the fathers, sons, uncles, brothers, coaches, teachers, and mentors that provide hope and examples for the next generation. When men cook families and friends come together, think about Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Real Men Cook proves that men want to be involved and make a difference. Let’s do it together.

Fun Facts
- Men Who Cook launched in 1990 on Father’s Day at the Museum of Science & Industry, 100 men volunteered
- In 1991 the name was changed to Real Men Cook® and the brand trademarked by the founders
- Real Men Cook has taken place simultaneously in up to 13 cities across the nation
- Real Men Cook is the longest running non athletic tradition on Father’s Day, and recognized by the White House
- On Father’s Day Real Men Cook dominates television news coverage, including: NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, FOX
- Real Men Cook has been featured in USA Today, USA Today Weekend, Time, Southern Living, Ebony, CBN
- Several programs on the Food Network devoted full shows to Real Men Cook. A Paula Deen show re-runs 5/22/13
- Real Men Cook has generated over a billion media impressions and about 3.5 million; $200,000+ in PR value annually
- President Barack Obama has served at Real Men Cook several years and wrote the forward to Real Men Cook cookbook
- First Lady Michelle Obama listed Real Men Cook as one of her professional accomplishments on her website Charity
- Real Men Cook has generated over $1 million to community nonprofits through donations and ticket sale share programs
- Real Men Charities promotes healthy families and communities, and operates throughout the year promoting health screenings and healthy eating programs in Chicago Public Schools to fight child hood obesity
- Real Men Charities was recognized by the White House in 2012 for promoting Fatherhood and is a Let’s Move! Partner

Real Men Cook Event
- Cooks arrive 6-10 am, prep for doors to open, grill and table assignments
- Opening Ceremony 2 pm: Volunteer cooks and sponsors are recognized; media, elected officials, leaders, and celebrities
- Doors Open 3 pm/ Event ends at 6 pm: Main-stage Announcements, music, and frequent acknowledgement of partners
- Health & Wellness/Urban Green Pavilions: Healthy cooking demos, health screenings, fruits, vegetables, urban agriculture
- Kids Zone: Play areas for kids, as well as, healthy and active lifestyles, indoor pool and gym are also available
- Gospel Explosion: Faith-based partnerships acknowledged, leading choirs, dancers, and entertainers
- Hydration Stations: Water and other non-alcoholic beverages

- Receive 2 adult tickets ($50 value), apron or t-shirt, and access to discounted tickets
- Cooks must take a Food Sanitation Class, and receive a 1-year Outdoor Food Festival Certification
- Certification cost of $35 in Chicago (please check with your local manager for cost) and is included in cook registration
- Cooks are requested to prepare and serve, 200-300 sample sized portions for tasting during the day
- Cook Registration $50, Restaurant Registration $250 (includes an ad in 2014 program book).
Note: Coaching from veteran cooks available