RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – Tuesday KOLO 8 Morning Break launched a model new section known as, KOLO Cooks. Chef and host of native meals present, Reno Recipes, Jonathan Chapin can be becoming a member of us each Tuesday morning.
And whereas he’s an important chef, he’s a fair higher particular person, having to be taught the arduous approach about what it means to have all of it after which lose all.
“Welcome to Reno Recipes! I’m Chaaaaaaapin!”
Video from a Fb dwell again in 2020 reveals Jonathan Chapin internet hosting a neighborhood cooking present out of his kitchen.
“At 50 years previous, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been,” he informed KOLO 8 New Now’s Katey Roshetko.
However he’s not the identical man you’d have met two years. Nevertheless, to grasp the entire journey- you must begin at the start.
“I moved to Reno 11-12 years in the past,” Chapin mentioned.
Not as a chef, however as a band supervisor, wedding ceremony DJ, music venue proprietor and different rock and roll jobs.
“I did all the large events for Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe,” he mentioned. “In addition to after events for the Warp Tour.”
From the outside- Chapin regarded like he was dwelling his finest life — even changing into sober for a number of years. However after again to again surgical procedures, the medication and alcohol caught again up with him.
“While you’re physique’s wired like mine,” Chapin mentioned. “I didn’t have an opportunity with the ache tablets.”
And in 2016, a 4 yr relapse started.
“Wrecked a bunch of vehicles, received a DUI, was in jail,” he mentioned.
At his lowest point- the ache started an excessive amount of.
“I received in my automotive, received as much as 85 miles per hour, took off my seatbelt, and ran right into a tree. It was a really severe suicide try,” Chapin mentioned.
As an alternative of dying although, Chapin survived and was charged with one other DUI.
“Actually the third day I used to be in jail, COVID hit they usually shut down the courts,” Chapin mentioned. “So I used to be in jail for 50 days.”
Throughout his time behind bars, Chapin says he made a take care of the universe.
“Stated, hey, if you may get me out of this funk and get me again on monitor, I promise to pay it ahead day-after-day,” he mentioned.
And he began by providing free meals to households scuffling with unemployment within the early days of the pandemic.
“Within the technique of giving again and making amends with the neighborhood and simply getting my life again on monitor, it ended up changing into a contagious factor,” he mentioned.
Chapin began Reno Recipes, working with native artists and companies, giving freely the meals without spending a dime, and concurrently elevating cash for non-profits.
“Now its this workforce of individuals and it simply sort of retains rising,” he mentioned.
Now he hosts the present each Sunday out of a kitchen at Sierra Meals. And regardless of how massive the success, Chapin stays humble.
“The second I make it a ‘me factor’ as a substitute of an ‘us factor’ I’m in bother as a result of it’s been a neighborhood factor and that’s what’s been the best half about all of this,” he mentioned.
You may watch Reno Recipes each Sunday on its Facebook page, or take part dwell at Sierra Meals Market.
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