If there’s a patron saint of aspiring culinary talent in Sonoma County, it’s Worth Our Weight’s Evelyn Cheatham.

The tireless chef who founded Santa Rosa’s training program (and restaurant) for at-risk kids in 2006 was been named a “Woman of the Year” by U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson on March 1, 2016.

In honor of Women’s History Month, she was one of five “extraordinary women” representing each of the five counties Thompson represents. “They are leaders in their community and thanks to their efforts, our communities are stronger today,” said Thompson. Other honorees included Linda Parks of Napa’s Lixit Animal Care Products, Vallejo Together’s Maria Guevara of Solono County, Lake County businesswoman Monica Rosenthal and Contra Costa businesswoman Josephine Orozco.