While most first-time authors look forward to eventually benefitting from their book’s royalties, yacht chef Tim Dellea was more interested in helping people. That’s why he’s sending all his audiobook proceeds to Action Against Hunger, the global humanitarian organization that helps malnourished kids and provides communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.
The book itself took over three years to complete (due to working on it on and off). “I started by putting down experiences and tips that I had gathered. I wrote down some recipes and personal memories, but I soon realized that those were great stories to share with friends, but definitely not anything that could help people. I wanted to share the knowledge acquired along the years and my experience — The Yacht Chef was born,” says Dellea, who gave a shoutout to @RonRaffety for letting him use his photo for the cover.
The Yacht Chef Guide was released in June by Dellea, who released it primarily as an audiobook because “chefs are often busy and I thought audio was the best way to reach them,” he explains, adding that the book will later be released in hard copy form, as well as an e-book.
“The choice for Action Against Hunger was really evident,” the superyacht chef says. “We as chefs work on [boats] for extremely fortunate people and we offer to both crew and [guests] an array of food that most people would consider exaggerated, or simply ‘a waste,’ and to keep up with the industry standards, we have to offer variety and abundance of food,” he says, admitting that it is something that has always bothered him. “I thought that giving to this specific organization could help balance up and give back to less fortunate, even if it’s only a tiny bit,” he says, calling it insignificant compared to the food budget aboard yachts.
To help the Action Against Hunger, go to their site to make a donation. Follow Chef Dellea on Instagram @Tim.Dellea and learn more about the book on Instagram @TheYachtChefGuide.
This column is taken from the September 2020 issue of Dockwalk.