Lillie joined the Guardians in April of 2020 but has been a supporter since June of 2018.
Lillie was brought on to be the Guardians’ Culinary Arts Specialist, which is simply a fancy term for “Head Chef”. She will be responsible for planning the recipient dinners, creating memorable masterpieces, and keeping everyone’s bellies full. She will also be in charge of making sure that our participants at the Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike have food and snacks for the day long event. If there is going to be food involved, Lillie will make sure no one goes home hungry.
In addition to being a certified home health aide, Lillie is a nationally certified phlebotomist, which she plans to further benefit veteran’s well-beings with this training. As someone with a true heart for our military and veterans, this will be a stupendous step further in her role with the Guardians of the Purple Heart. Her heart is bigger than she is, and she thrives on caring for those who came before us, veteran or civilian.
Lillie, as many of you know, is small in stature, and her culinary training began when she was even smaller! Growing up at the feet of her beloved grandmother, she has learned the secrets of home cooking, along with the help of other family members. Her true love of cooking blossomed with the release of the film, “Julie and Julia” in 2009, when she fell head over tea kettle for culinary goddess, Julia Child. Lillie has never looked back. While she didn’t professionally study culinary arts, she has learned under great chefs and has taken classes in Boston, Providence, New Jersey, and even the Hell’s Kitchen district of Manhattan. She often jokes that her mid-life crisis will not consist of her buying a car, but attending Johnson and Wales University for her degree in Culinary Arts.
When Lillie is not cooking, working, or doing Guardians business, she loves to nap with her cats, spend time with family, watch black and white films, and of course, Star Wars. The Force is strong with this tiny human! She is also certifiably obsessed with tea. Lillie thoroughly adores reading cookbooks as novels, just for fun and further inspiration. Bon Appétit and Let None Be Forgotten.