Welcome to Chefs Move To Schools

Chefs Are Moving to Schools

First Lady Michelle Obama is calling on chefs to join the fight against childhood obesity by adopting a school and working with teachers, parents, school nutrition professionals and administrators to help educate children about food and to show them that healthy eating can be fun.

Why Partner?

Chefs and schools have a unique opportunity to work together to teach kids about food in a fun, appealing way. The Chefs Move to Schools program seeks to utilize the creativity and culinary expertise of chefs to help schools
ensure that America’s youngest generation grows up healthy.

How to Partner

Chefs Move to Schools focuses on the interests and expertise of each chef volunteer and the needs of each school. There are many ways the partnership can work to positively impact the eating habits of children. To make the process easier for you and to get the best match for both chefs and schools, Chefs Move to Schools is built around three tracks—the classroom, the cafeteria, and culinary training/demos.

Latest Blog Posts

The Annual Harvest Challenge: Student Teams Supported by Chefs Move to Schools and Farm to School

Cross-posted from the Let’s Move blog: The annual Harvest Challenge, menu planning and cooking event for high school students, is an important example of how aspiring chefs get started and learn to create winning recipes. This exciting contest, which is now going into its 8th year, challenges teams of high school students – including staff and chef mentors – to develop a creative, appetizing and visually appealing school lunch entrée and side dish while incorporating locally grown foods. At the same time, the entrée and side dish must comply with USDA National School Lunch nutrition standards and meet a budget of $1 per person per serving (entrée and side dish combined). “This is a fun and challenging event for our high school students that really enables them to appreciate the hard work that goes into school food programs,” says Ashlee Gabrielson, director of the Vernon County Farm to School Program in Wisconsin. […]

Helping students teach others about healthy eating

Professional chef Linda Boggioni of Columbus State Community College has been working with the Food for Thought program for several years now to increase awareness of the importance of whole grains in a healthy diet. [...]

SNA National Survey Reveals Increased Efforts to Promote Student Consumption of Healthy Choices

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – A new national survey of school meal program operators reveals that more school cafeterias are utilizing strategies to increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and other healthy choices, while expanding student access [...]

Video: “Creativity Kitchen: Chef Inspired Cuisine for Healthy Scholars”

The partnership with Chef Nick Wallace, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Jackson Public Schools Food Service Department will connect culinary arts, nutrition education, and creativity to students, staff, families, and our community. [...]