Chefs Move to Schools
December 2010 E-Newsletter

With school in full swing, chefs and schools partnering together across the nation have been generating excitement about nutritious foods through school gardens, cooking demonstrations, taste testing events, after-school cooking clubs, classroom lessons, and culinary field trips to local restaurants, farms and farmers' markets.
Chefs Move to Schools Spotlight
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Visit the USDA Blog to read how Chef Kimberley Stakal and the Academy for Global Citizenship, a public charter school on Chicago's south side, have partnered to improve the school nutrition environment. 

Working together, the chef and school have developed a new school menu based on seasonal, local, plant-based ingredients; organized a “Taste of the Academy” event attended by 200 parents who sampled healthy whole grains and legumes; conducted afterschool  open houses at which families sampled different menu items and learned how to make healthy snacks; and more.  The result of the collaboration has translated into improved nutrition and awareness for students, parents and teachers.

As part of The Academy for Global Citizenship’s participation in Chefs Move to Schools, Chicago Chef Duenas talked to third graders about making healthy food choices.


The partnership enjoyed still another momentous outcome: in October, the Academy qualified for USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Gold of Distinction Award.  To receive this prestigious recognition, the school met rigorous standards for the quality of foods served, and provided students with nutrition education, physical education, and opportunities for physical activity.  Gold of Distinction winners receive a plaque signed by the USDA Secretary of Agriculture, a banner to display in their school, and a monetary award of $2,000 that goes into the school’s nonprofit school foodservice account. The Academy was the first school to receive the Gold Award of Distinction in Illinois and held a special award presentation.

Interested in helping your school become a HUSSC winner? Read our HUSSC Primer for chefs, and review our online training and application materials:

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  USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan presented the Academy of Global Citizenship with the HUSSC Gold of Distinction Award in October.

Tell us about your successes!

Visit the Chefs Move to Schools website and tell us about your efforts to help children make healthier food choices. We will continue to feature chef-school partnerships in upcoming newsletters, in the USDA blog, and through the Let's Move! website.

Grating carrots

A father and son grate carrots for Chef Stakal's Apple Carrot Salad recipe while participating in a family workshop on healthy cooking at the Academy of Global Citizenship.

Other Chefs Move to Schools News
  • Over 180 chefs and schools are talking about Chefs Move to Schools activities on Chef Talk, our new e-mail discussion group created specifically for the Chefs Move to Schools Program. Join the conversation.

  • The Partnership for a Healthier America continues to offer free cooking demonstration kits to schools matched with chefs.  Learn more about this donation opportunity at

Chefs: if you have not partnered with a school, please visit the Chefs Move to Schools map to identify a school interested in working with a chef in your area.  Since contact information for chefs is not made public, chefs must reach out to schools. 

Thank you for joining Let’s Move! and your efforts to help raise a healthier generation of kids!