NAMES: Eric and Krista Putnam
JOB TITLE and COMPANY: Eric is the Head Cross Country and Track Coach at Shawnee State University and Krista is a Data Analyst and Healthcare Data Coordinator for Zebu Compliance Solutions, Inc.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST COOKING MEMORY? Eric- I remember my days at Ohio University in Athens, and experimenting with cooking chili. It was so messy, there were splashes everywhere- even the ceiling! And after all that, the chili was bland. Krista—I remember cooking, well actually baking, on my own for the very first time, a chocolate pound cake. I ate it for nearly every meal over the next few days, because I could do what I wanted.
HOW LONG HAVE YOUR LIVED/WORKED IN THE COMMUNITY? We have been in the Portsmouth area for 13 years.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Eric’s favorite food is pizza and Krista can’t pick a favorite, that is just an impossible question.
WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU TO DO GOOD, AND WHY? Krista is inspired by her husband and Celebrity Chef team mate, Eric. “I have always felt like he’s the nicest person I’ve known, and he’s so talented and an amazing dad. He keeps me on my toes and inspires me to keep trying positive, new things and not settle down and get old.”
WHY DID YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF THE CELEBRITY CHEF DINNER? We thought it sounded like fun and, again, Eric always keeps Krista on her toes with new experiences.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT APPETIZER YOU WILL BE MAKING AND IF SO, WHAT IS IT? We’ll be making Baklava; a sweet pastry filled with chopped nuts and soaked in honey, originating in the Middle East.