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St. Augustine chef leads cooking classes for pregnant teen moms

With 10 teen moms currently living on the St. Gerard campus, there are always 20 mouths to feed. 

Local chef Tyrone Bennett is volunteering his time and talents to make sure these young pregnant women and new mothers learn how to nurture themselves and their babies deliciously and nutritiously.

St. Gerard, a nonprofit, houses the teens on its St. Augustine campus which also serves as a private high school that allows the young women to continue their education, and even graduate, while they prepare to give birth. 

On a recent weekday night, Bennett could be found making himself at home in the group home’s kitchen, locating ingredients and cooking tools in order to demonstrate the preparation of sweet and sour chicken over white rice.