Bryce Fluellen

Community Impact Director/Chef, American Heart Assn.
“I remember being about eight or nine years old and going to the local Michigan Farmers’ Market with my Aunt Bessie. She would walk the aisles, pick up produce, touch it, smell it, and talk to me about what was in season and what looked like it was worth buying. I can never forget the summer peaches. The sweet aroma was intoxicating. She would cut them into thin slices and place them in this blue antique bowl she loved. They tasted so good I always thought she sprinkled them with sugar. It wasn’t until I was adult that I realized she just knew how to pick the best ones. That was the summer I fell in love with peaches.”
“As a young child, my grandmother had a garden in our backyard and while she was cooking, she would ask me to go pick jalapenos, tomatoes, and squash. That garden made a big impression on me and my life. I believe that is where my passion for food and fellowship developed. On Sundays our family would gather at my grandparents’ home to eat and laugh. I believe that no matter what happens in life there is no better feeling than gathering around the dinner table with your family and friends.”