Michelle Obama & Celebrity Chefs Rally For Nutrition Education

Posted by Sharon on Jun 4

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Hundreds of celebrity chefs gathered yesterday on the lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. to support first lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign, which would increase food & nutrition education and start additional programs for healthier school lunches across the nation.

She asked chefs to partner with the schools, teachers, and parents in their area to help make nutrition "fun." Her ideas involve working with school cafeterias and nutritionists to create better lunch menus, forming cooking clubs in the community, hosting educational cooking demonstrations, incorporating food into lesson plans, and helping kids plant school vegetable gardens.

Celebrity chefs in attendance included Rachael Ray, Tom Colicchio, Cat Cora, Jose Andres, and Marcus Samuelsson.

Additionally, chef Todd Gray of Equinox in Washington, D.C. was given the opportunity to speak about his recent success partnering with local schools to create a food-based education program. In his experiment, classes learned about produce from ancient civilizations and planted the foods in their own school garden. The students then learned about decomposition by making their own compost for the garden. And the arts didn't get left behind, either -- students were asked to draw their garden in art class.

"It will change your life professionally and personally," Gray told his fellow chefs.

Mrs. Obama agreed. "You can make a salad bar fun — now that's something," she said. "They're going to need your support, but it's got to be a collaboration. And we strongly encourage you all to go in with that spirit."

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