Calling All Chicago Chefs! Join Us for Chef in the Classroom on April 5

March 10, 2011

Answering the First Lady's Call to Action with Chefs Move to Schools Chicago

Calling all Chicago chefs: we invite you to be part of Chef in the Classroom on April 5, 2011!

With Chef in the Classroom 2011, chefs will bring cooking demonstrations, veggie tastings and healthy eating lessons to children at schools across Chicago. After spending the morning in the classroom, chefs will join school principals at a special luncheon to discuss ways they can continue to support the schools' healthy eating and food education efforts.

Chef in the Classroom is part of the exciting Chefs Move to Schools Chicago initiative and offers a fun way for chefs to answer First Lady Michelle Obama's call to action.

This year’s Chef in the Classroom Day follows an exciting and successful first event in Oct. 2010.

“This is one of those things that means so much more than we could ever imagine,” said Chef Vanessa LedBetter of her Chef in the Classroom experience. “I remember instances from my youth that have stayed with me all my life.  Our deepest hope is that this is one of those moments that we shared with the children.”

School leaders had great things to say about chefs’ participation:

  • “The children were electrified by the chef. It was a great class and exciting too.”
  • “The kids really understood why it's important to have vegetables as part of their meals.”
  • “The [best parts were] looks of curiosity, enthusiasm, and pride of our third graders as they learned, participated, and smiled through the entire demonstration.” 

You can help make difference!  Please join us for Chef in the Classroom Day 2011 and encourage your colleagues to consider participating as well.  To learn more or sign up to participate, please visit www.GofortheGoldCPS.org/citc.

Chef in the Classroom is presented by Healthy Schools Campaign and the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with Purple Asparagus, Real Men Cook, Seven Generations Ahead and the USDA. It is a program of Go for the Gold, a citywide effort to support schools in meeting the high standards for food, physical activity and nutrition education set by the HealthierUS School Challenge, the program First Lady Michelle Obama is urging schools to take on. In particular, Chef in the Classroom is a response to the Chefs Move to Schools initiative.

Questions? Contact Rosa Ramirez by email or at 312-419-1810.