Rev. Robert H. Lacy of Baton Rouge, LA, is the Devotional Chef. His Cookbook, currently in rough PDF form, is under review by print publishers, and contains southern US and Cajun recipes, along with devotions from some of the most well-known evangelical Christian figures in the USA today.
The Chef will have a product launch of his seasonings in New Orleans-area Whole Foods Markets in May 2009.
He is seeking $400K in start-up funding to develop into a national media chef brand, aimed primarily at the underserved evangelical audience. With $30-35K he can have a strong product launch, leading to greater Whole Foods participation and possibly access to other chains.
With the brand launched, Rev. Lacy intends to pay it forward, by opening a soup kitchen in the New Orleans area.