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Chef Speranza Brings 'Chefs Move to Schools' To Life

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Jun 02, 2011

Image - Chefs Move to Schools - white house lawnCustom Culinary® Corporate Executive Chef Mike Speranza was on the White House lawn for the launch of Chefs Move to Schools as a representative from the American Culinary Federation. He is also a representative of the ACF Chefs Move to Schools Presidential Task Force.

In the summer of 2010, approximately 500 chefs from across the country convened on the White House lawn to kick off Chefs Move to Schools.

The idea is simple: pair a chef with their local school to help foodservice professionals, administrators, teachers, parents, and students learn about nutrition and healthy eating. Chefs “adopt” a school and help create customized programs unique to each community’s needs.

Speranza adopted his local Victor Central Schools, which serves over 3,700 K-12 students in upstate New York. He also developed a district-wide curriculum based on the Chefs Move to Schools program, taking a holistic look at the district’s needs. 

Image - Chef Speranza Pesto DemoThis effort has brought healthy eating to the forefront of the school system’s administration, principals and foodservice staff. Speranza is also bringing nutrition into the home by working with area parents and kids to prepare and taste foods harvested from the school garden.

Speranza sums up his experience: “I am thrilled with the reaction of the chefs around the country. Chefs love to teach and work with kids. This is such an important issue and Chefs are excited to learn how to help out.”