About Standing in the Gap


Standing in the Gap is an initiative created by Chef Rey Darthard to raise awareness about the people who fill the gaps of care outside of their hospital needs. Everyone has a friend or family member that makes sacrifices to take care of someone so that others can thrive in different ways. For Chef Rey, that person is his sister Jane. Jane has cared for their parents so that his siblings can pursue their careers and take care of their growing families. Without Jane’s assistance and sacrifices Chef Rey might not have been able to achieve his successful career as a chef. Hear more about Jane’s story in this video:

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Chef Rey chose Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) as his charity of choice because RHMC is a community outreach organization that lessens the burden of healthcare for families.

In celebration of his 50th birthday, September 10, 2015, Chef Rey strives to raise $50,000 for these organizations that bridge the gaps for families in need. Donors participating in private chef experiences with Chef Rey throughout the year will raise funds for RMHC. These events will take place in the form of cooking lessons, meals and serving residents of the Ronald McDonald Houses in Houston and Galveston as well as at the RMHC C.H.E.E.R. Rooms and at Care Mobile events.

To participate with Chef Rey on Standing in the Gap email: info@chefreystandinginthegap.com

About Chef Rey


Chef Rey

Chef Reynold Darthard was practically born in the kitchen but it took him a few extra years to find his career there. He began cooking at an early age with his mother and grandmother, creating dishes that had been handed down through generations. However, he didn’t decide to pursue that passion until age 37 when he entered the Culinary Program at The Art Institute of Houston. He received his Associate of Applied Sciences Degree with honors and officially became Chef Rey.

Launching full force into his career, Chef Rey opened a catering company called Nevele’s in 2003. Served as personal Executive Chef for former Houston Rocket, NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady and owned “Chef Rey’s Restaurant and Catering” in Missouri City, TX.

In February of 2013, Chef Rey was selected by the Astros organization as their Executive Team Chef and now in 2014 he has taken on the same role for the Houston Rockets. He is responsible for the Rockets player’s and coach’s daily nutritional needs working side by side with the team’s nutritionist and strength coaches.

As an additional project in 2014, Chef Rey was invited to participate in a unique opportunity with McDonald’s Restaurants. Chef Rey has prepared four separate gourmet meals using only McDonald’s ingredients during the restaurant’s Chef Events which are a way for McDonald’s to communicate its positive message of good food, good people and good neighbors. He is also the official ‘Red Shoe Chef,’ an award granted to him at the RMHC Chef Experience Gala in September 2014.

Chef Rey is also the author of “How Life Comes Together ~ The Journey of Becoming Chef Rey” and his newest cookbook debuts fall 2014, “Food Meets Athlete,” which shows the intersection of sports nutrition and quality food. Both books are available on http://www.chefreynold.com/.

Through his love for humanity in the sense of caring for, nourishing, developing, and enhancing life Chef Rey has launched ‘Standing in the Gap’ benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Ronald McDonald House. Leading up to his 50th birthday, Chef Rey hopes to raise funds and create awareness of RMHC by recognizing caregivers through monthly culinary events culminating into a 50th birthday party and fundraising gala.