Erick Harcey - Chef

Objectives: Erick Harcey grew up eating Swedish food, so when he became a professional chef and opened Upton 43, he wanted the food to represent the Swedish cuisine he knew and loved. By doing so, he is “staying true to who [he] is through food.” In this arts-enhanced journaling activity, think of a food that is “true to you” – where you are from, your culture, heritage, and background.

Tools/Resources: MN Original video clip, paper, pencil, crayons


  1. Watch the segment and discuss:

    a. Why do you think what Erick Harcey ate as a child important to him as a chef?

    b.“Staying true to who you are through food,” – what do you think he meant by this?

  2. Think of a food that is “true to you” – it can be a favorite food, or something that is important to your culture or background
  3. On a piece of paper, write down:

    a. The name of the food

    b. Why you like it “I like _____. It is ______.”

  4. On the same piece of paper, draw a picture of your favorite food
  5. Show your work to a family member or friend!
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