Chicago Chefs Answer First Lady’s Call with Chef in the Classroom Initiative

August 05, 2010

by Rosa Ramirez


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Chef Paul Molina of the Illinois Institute of Art and Dale Cain of Share our Strength

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.

When
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
Lady’s challenge.

 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.