The Miami Dolphins have selected Michelle Bernstein as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.
The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the third annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2013 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.
The Dolphins will honor Bernstein on September 22 at their Hispanic Heritage game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Michelle Bernstein, a Miami native, is a successful Chef and restaurant owner, co-host and community activist. She is a member of the Miami Advisory Council for Common Threads, an organization dedicated to teaching underprivileged children the importance of nutrition, physical well-being and an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking. Bernstein partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools!, a major White House initiative highlighting the serving of fresh fruits and vegetables in schools, and is pairing up with the Miami-Dada Public School system in order to improve the quality of cafeteria food found in schools throughout the Greater Miami Area. In addition to consulting for Delta Airlines, Bernstein is a brand ambassador for Crisco and Nespresso USA, and a member of the Macy’s Culinary Council, Lexus Culinary Masters and the LEAN CUISINE® Culinary Roundtable.
“Michelle is Miami born and raised,” said Claudia Lezcano, Miami Dolphins Chief Marketing Officer. “She is a nationally and locally recognized chef who owns several businesses and restaurants in Miami. Her work and her civic activities have made an impact in the local Hispanic community, and we are proud to recognize and honor her for all her contributions.”
Each award recipient will select an organization of their choice that serves the local community to receive a $2,000 donation.
Bernstein has chosen Common Threads to receive this donation. Founded in 2003 by Chef Art Smith and artist Jesus Salgueiro, Common Threads has been teaching children living in underserved communities how to cook wholesome, healthy meals in professional led, curriculum-based after-school programs for 10 years.