Top Chefs Will Move Schools Toward Healthy Meals for Children


Today, First Lady Michelle Obama launched her “Chefs Move to Schools” program with some of America’s top chefs at an event on the South Lawn of the White House. The anti-obesity campaign will pair chefs with individual schools to work with teachers and parents to help educate about food and nutrition.

Chefs Cat Cora and Rachael Ray were among the celebrity chefs who helped children from a local school pick fresh vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden and demonstrated how to wash, dice and cook the produce in recipes for a grilled chicken salad and rhubarb strawberry crisp.

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“I’m honored to be here as a guest of the First Lady’s to support her Chefs Move to Schools program, and this incredibly important cause,” said Cat Cora. “By creating dishes that are both nutritious and tasty, chefs have a unique ability to deliver messages about fostering a healthy lifestyle to children in a fun and appealing way. I’m thrilled to see so many chefs here rallying for this cause today and encourage chefs who are interested in taking a stand to participate in this program.”


Ms. Obama says, “We are going to need everyone’s time and talent to solve the childhood obesity epidemic and our Nation’s chefs have tremendous power as leaders on this issue because of their deep knowledge of food and nutrition and their standing in the community.”

The Chefs Move to Schools program is one part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative which aims to end childhood obesity within a generation. The program, run through the USDA, will pair chefs with interested schools in their communities. Schools can sign up for the Chefs Move to School program by completing an application at the USDA's website.

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The program is not only recruiting celebrity chefs. Chef Stefano Cordova of Bertucci’s Italian Restaurants has been selected to participate in the program. Jacqueline Craig, a Sodexo executive chef at Howard University in Washington DC is also participating.

Chefs who are affiliated with the American Culinary Federation or the National Restaurant Association that wish to adopt a school in their community can also sign up at by filling out the Chef's form on the USDA Healthy Meals Initiative website. Chefs will receive helpful information that includes suggestions on getting started at a school and step-by-step guides to engage with kids, teachers, parents, and administrators.