Soon after Greenbrae resident Sam Stromberg nabbed second place in the Fox reality show MasterChef Junior, the Mokris connected with the sixth grader and agreed to deliver the meal that led him to the honor – a seared Arctic Char that he made for MasterChef Junior’s celebrity judges – to its customers on Friday, February 6.
“I was blown away to see a local 12-year-old boy cooking a dish that both Gordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianich fell in love with,” Lee Mokris says. “We launched 180Eats to offer a new approach to healthy food in Marin, and partnering with Sam is a fun way to deliver on that idea.”
“This is a great opportunity for the Marin community to rally behind Sam and experience the dish that made him a star on the show,” he adds.
The concept of 180Eats – the name refers to a 180-degree turn away from processed ingredients and a return to seasonally-driven whole foods – was born out the Mokris’ own personal experience in the three years since they moved to Mill Valley. With busy professional lives that often required commutes to San Francisco and Foster City, they didn’t have the time to cook healthy meals at home each night, didn’t want to splurge on a meal at an upscale local restaurant and had a hard time finding a middle ground: healthy, delicious meals made from locally sourced ingredients that they could eat at home. The past year made the problem even more acute: the birth of their daughter in 2014 months ago and a three-month home and kitchen remodel that had them eating out most nights a week.
The concept derived in part from Marin’s proximity to world-class farms, and 180Eats works with providers like Humboldt Grass Fed Beef, Petaluma Poultry and Water2Table, among others.
“We live so close to some of the best ingredients in the world and a lot of people don’t have the access that they could or should have, either because of time or money or both,” he says.