by Rosa Ramirez
Earlier this year, Michelle Obama called upon chefs across the country to use their culinary expertise to assist schools in promoting healthy eating. Chicago chefs are answering her call by becoming part of the Chef in the Classroom program and helping schools share lessons about healthy eating.On Friday, June 4, First Lady Michelle Obama invited chefs across the country to formally launch the Chefs Move To Schools project. And Chicago chefs turned out in force to help Mrs. Obama kick off the initiative. In all, about 500 chefs visited the White House.
Chicago-based chefs returned home, they were invigorated to get
involved with their local schools. Healthy Schools Campaign, Share our Strength, Purple Asparagus, and celebrated Chef Paul Kahan
organized a meeting with local chefs to spur discussion of how to best
use Chicago’s culinary talent in a school setting to meet the First
Representatives from community-based organizations including Seven Generations Ahead, Common Threads, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, to name a few, also attended the event and spoke about their work in schools and how chefs can make a difference by getting involved in existing initiatives. What emerged, among other opportunities for chefs to get involved, was a coordinated call for the culinary community to make a difference in Chicago schools on Chef in the Classroom Day, Oct. 4, 2010.Through the Chef in the Classroom initiative, HSC is working with Chicago Public Schools to help local chefs who are interested in working in Chicago schools to share lessons about healthy eating. Chefs in the Classroom will link chefs with local schools to help provide students with nutrition education. After a morning in the classroom, chefs and school principals will come together to celebrate and develop strategy for bringing the strength of the local culinary community into the classroom.
Chef in the Classroom is a program of the Go for the Gold campaign, a city-wide effort to support schools in meeting the HealthierUS School Challenge, the program First Lady Michelle Obama is urging schools to take on. To learn more about Chef in the Classroom or Go for the Gold, please contact us.