Renowned chef Fr. Leo kicks off Lent

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St. Ann Catholic Church parish administrator, Father Johnson Lê (front, right), and special guests fill the reserved table March 2, as they wait for chef and priest Father Leo Patalinghug to start his cooking demonstration and Lenten talk in the parish hall. About 100 parishioners and special guests enjoyed the fast-paced priest/chef’s Lenten talk and delicious meal that evening, after the visiting priest celebrated Ash Wednesday Masses at St. Ann’s. N. KILBEY-SMITH/Wilson County News

St. Ann Catholic Church parish administrator, Father Johnson Lê (front, right), and special guests fill the reserved table March 2, as they wait for chef and priest Father Leo Patalinghug to start his cooking demonstration and Lenten talk in the parish hall. About 100 parishioners and special guests enjoyed the fast-paced priest/chef’s Lenten talk and delicious meal that evening, after the visiting priest celebrated Ash Wednesday Masses at St. Ann’s. N. KILBEY-SMITH/Wilson County News

 

Father Leo Patalinghug — renowned chef, author, and EWTN host — puts the finishing touches on a plate of penne alla vodka March 2 in Goertz Hall at St. Ann Catholic Church in La Vernia, during the second of two nights of Lenten presentations. Father Leo — a Taekwondo black belt, martial arts instructor, and award-winning break dancer and choreographer — is well known for winning the Food Network’s “Throw Down with Bobby Flay” in 2009. He’s the creator and founder of a dynamic ministry, Plating Grace; its mission is to “see food as a gift from God to nourish your family and to strengthen relationships” and to make the “world a better place one meal at a time.” N. KILBEY-SMITH/Wilson County News

Father Leo Patalinghug — renowned chef, author, and EWTN host — puts the finishing touches on a plate of penne alla vodka March 2 in Goertz Hall at St. Ann Catholic Church in La Vernia, during the second of two nights of Lenten presentations. Father Leo — a Taekwondo black belt, martial arts instructor, and award-winning break dancer and choreographer — is well known for winning the Food Network’s “Throw Down with Bobby Flay” in 2009. He’s the creator and founder of a dynamic ministry, Plating Grace; its mission is to “see food as a gift from God to nourish your family and to strengthen relationships” and to make the “world a better place one meal at a time.” N. KILBEY-SMITH/Wilson County News