Hari and Jenneffer Pulapaka are a remarkable team. They each have successful careers, championing each other's work as well as their peers in Central Florida.
Pulapaka teaches at Stetson University during the day; at night he's the chef at the award-winning Cress restaurant in DeLand. His wife is a podiatric surgeon who exchanges her medical attire for restaurant chic in the evening, steering Cress' wine program and more.
Hari Pulapaka has been nominated three times for Best Chef South in the James Beard Foundation awards. He was one of 15 chefs from across the country to participate in the foundation's boot camp to provide chefs with the tools and support they need to lead and advocate for food-system change.
The Pulapakas recently spearheaded an unprecedented gathering of area chefs, farmers and food advocates that created Central Florida's first coalition for the promotion of farm-to-table cuisine and sustainable agriculture. It's a move that could ultimately boost the local economy as well as Central Florida's culinary reputation.
The vision of Central Floridians such as the Pulapakas is just one reason the local culinary scene is in the national spotlight.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun