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White House Chef Sam Kass (above, left) recently announced a new initiative, Chefs Move to Schools, to engage food educators and chefs with the First Lady Michelle Obama's Let’s Move campaign. On June 4, culinary professionals from around the nation will gather on the South Lawn to help launch the program.
Kass explained that the program “will pair chefs with schools in their communities to bring fun to fruits and vegetables, and teach kids about food, nutrition and cooking in an engaging way.”
Jennifer Carden and Michelle Stern, both of Northern California, plan to travel to the event as representatives of the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Kids in the Kitchen section.
Carden is author of The Toddler Cafe and co-founder of Dirt to Dine, a farm-based cooking camp for kids. “My mission,” she says, “is to inspire kids and families to eat healthful food and have fun doing it.” While in the nation’s capital, she hopes to network with other likeminded chefs and hear stories about how they have been successful working in and with schools.
Stern owns What’s Cooking, a Bay Area children’s cooking school. With a deep community service ethic, she sees food and cooking as a means to help the less fortunate. Of her upcoming trip to DC, she says: “Cooking with kids is my business, and service is my passion. Clearly, it takes a village to raise a generation of healthy eaters." Eager to help children and families learn to eat better, she adds, "It's in the best interest of our nation—financially, physically and ecologically. Plus, it’s simply the right thing to do.”
To learn more about this event, please see this post by blogger Eddie Gehman Kohan of Obama Foodorama.