World-renowned chef, stomach cancer survivor teams up with Cancer Wellness at Piedmont to host cooking demo
Han Rueffert's cooking demo at Gibbs Gardens


World-renowned chef, stomach cancer survivor teams up with Cancer Wellness at Piedmont to host cooking demo
Hans Rueffert & Shayna Komar



Chef Hans Rueffert, former The Next Food Network Star finalist and stomach cancer survivor, knows the importance of cooking for your immune system when battling cancer. That’s why he will team up with Shayna Komar, a registered and licensed dietitian with Cancer Wellness at Piedmont, to host a cooking demo on that very topic on Saturday, June 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Gibbs Gardens.

"Participants will come away from this demo feeling motivated to get in the kitchen and create delicious, yet healthy meals,” said Rueffert. “Of all the accolades I've collected in my long culinary career, hearing a patient say, ‘You've given me hope!’ is the greatest award I could ever hope to achieve."

Since all of his stomach and 95% of his esophagus was removed due to the cancer spreading, Rueffert makes it a point to eat the highest quality of food he can. He eats six small meals a day and has found renewed belief in the cliché, “You are what you eat.” Now cancer-free, Rueffert hosts cooking demos like this to teach other survivors how to fight cancer through a healthy diet with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.

WHO: Chef Hans Rueffert and Shayna Komar, dietitian at Cancer Wellness at Piedmont

WHAT: Power foods: Fueling your body for wellness. An interactive cooking demonstration on healthy cooking for your immune system with recipes to take home. There will also be a tasting, Q & A session and book signing.

WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 10 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Gibbs Gardens - Arbor Café tent in the Valley Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, GA 30107

"Participants will learn why it is so important to eat from a rainbow of colorful foods,” said Komar. “The same food components we eat become what our minds and bodies use to function. There truly is immense power in food that many people don’t know about."

The event is free to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, thanks to a gift to the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation from Thomas F. Chapman and family. However, registration is required. To register, call 404-425-7944. For directions and more information on Gibbs Gardens, visit

As a not-for-profit entity, Piedmont relies on the generosity of others in order to offer many programs like this to the community. To learn more about other upcoming free cooking demos, services and programs offered through Cancer Wellness at Piedmont, visit

About Piedmont Cancer
At Piedmont, we treat the patient – not just the disease. Piedmont’s interdisciplinary approach involves a team of cancer specialists including board-certified oncologists, a dedicated oncology nursing unit, surgeons, accredited technicians and nutritionists. These specialists collaborate to create a personal treatment plan based on each patient's unique situation. Offering the newest diagnostic testing, groundbreaking therapies and surgeries, proven medical and radiation oncology, and effective pain management, Piedmont Cancer also provides specially–trained oncology nurse navigators to help guide patients through their cancer journey. Because cancer treatment involves more than medical care, free services and programs such as yoga, cooking demos, expressive art classes and counseling are also available to anyone affected by cancer at any phase in his or her journey through Cancer Wellness at Piedmont. For more information, visit

About Gibbs Gardens
Set in the rolling woodlands of northeast Cherokee County, GibbsGardens encompasses 300 acres of gentle hillsides covered with mature trees, 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings, 19 waterfalls, pristine streams, countless natural springs and 220 acres of artistically designed gardens. The 16 garden venues include the largest Japanese and the largest daffodil gardens in nation, Monet Waterlily Gardens and the Manor House Gardens featuring seven flowering terraces. Less than an hour’s drive from Atlanta, Gibbs Gardens is conveniently located in north Cherokee County between I-575 on the west and SR 400 on the east. The gardens are open from March 1 through Dec. 15. For more information, go to Gibbs Gardens is located at 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground GA, 30107. Phone 770-893-1880 or 770-893-1881.