TodayApril 16, 2022

What do Chopped’s Marc Murphy and Nissan have in common?

The front doors to 214 Lafayette St in the village are funky pieces of plywood painted black with silver hinges holding them in place. Go past those doors and you are in a 13,000 square foot 5-story house requit with an indoor pool full of nubiles swimming in synchronization. A Nissan GT-R sit’s in the foyer, and if you want to venture up to the fifth floor you can hang out around the fire pit and drink whiskey from Kentucky, or New York City, on the 900 square foot rooftop with a skyline view of Manhattan.

Chopped food for all

The big draw after a full day of unveils, including the Nissan Murano, was the great food made by one of New York’s finest chefs, and one of the stars of the FoodNetwork TV show, Chopped, Marc Murphy. Murphy was taking pictures with anyone that asked and chatting with everyone.

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Nissan’s chief designer, Shiro Nakamura and Chopped judge, Marc Murphy

Murphy shys away from talking about his stardom and is a lot more comfortable talking about his two children, ages 10 and 7. When I asked him if he was amazed how far he had come in life, he stopped, straightened his back and retorted, “I have a long ways more to go.” Really, I ask, what else do you want to do?

This is where Nissan and Murphy have a mission in common. Murphy is a board member of City Harvest, Culintro and Passport NYC at the 92nd Street Y Culinary Camp. Murphy’s mission is to help eradicate hunger in New York City.

Marc was stunned when I told him that our Junior high school, EV Cain in Auburn, CA, served cold green beans, right out of the can, because he is also a member of the Food and Finance High School Industry Advisory Board, a member of the Leadership Council for Share our Strengths No Kid Hungry campaign and the national spokesperson for Share Our Strengths Dine Out For No Kid Hungry.

Nissan also works to eradicate hunger in Tennessee. It provides financial assistance to the Second Harvest food bank Middle Tennessee. and some of the employees volunteer a charitable organization that strives to reduce hunger in neighborhoods in Tennessee. Nissan has also provided a Nissan NV2500 to Second Harvest to deliver the food to the people in need.

It’s nice to meet a celebrity that we think is at the top of their game and they feel like they still have so much work to do and that work is so far removed from their public persona.

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Nissan NV2500 helping Second Harvest

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.