When Mark Webster and his wife Venus started their daughter Abigail in Girl Scouts as a Daisy they quickly realized they had made the right decision.
“Being a part of Troop 3704 has made a big difference in my daughter’s life,” Mark said. “She likes that there are always lots of activities. She always has something to look forward to doing each month.”
Mark also looks forward to the fun opportunities Girl Scouts provides for him to spend time with his daughter. He definitely thinks more dads should feel welcome to participate as a volunteer or participant in whatever their daughters are doing.
“From one man to another, it’s fun to see your daughter get excited about the activities,” Mark said. “When I see her smiling I always feel like – WOW – we made a great decision having her in Girl Scouts.”
Not only is Mark a Girl Scout Dad but he also happens to be certified through the American Culinary Federation (ACF) as both an Executive Chef and Culinary Educator and is a member of the World Association of Chefs Societies. He works at Hy-Vee as the Executive Chef. Being a certified culinary educator presented an awesome opportunity for Troop 3704 to learn more about what he does.
“I brought in different exotic fruits for the girls to see and taste,” Mark said. “I told them all about where they come from and how you can use them.”
As for telling the girls about his career in cooking, they all thought it was pretty cool. During Mark’s career as an award-winning chef he traveled all over the world discovering new foods and dishes. But his biggest fan is definitely his daughter!
“My daughter and I work together on recipes,” Mark said. “She loves to help me in the kitchen.”
That’s a very good thing because we recently asked Chef Mark to create some original scrumptious recipes using Girl Scout cookies in unconventional ways! As it turned out, Abigail had some great ideas to share with her dad!
Have you ever thought to use Lemonades with fish or Cranberry Citrus Crisps with chicken? Probably not! But believe us when we tell you his creations are simply delicious and definitely worth a try!
“My daughter loves selling Girl Scout cookies,” Mark said. “She started talking about it two months before it began!”
But Mark knows it’s about much more than selling cookies. He sees his daughter as being a piece of a larger puzzle and credits Girl Scouts for helping his daughter branch out and not be afraid to try new things.
We spent some time with Chef Mark while he chopped, sautéed and grilled in the Hy-Vee kitchen and are so excited for Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Weekend and Mark’s recipe demonstration at 12:00 noon, Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Ward Road – Lee’s Summit, Mo. Hy-Vee.