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Happy New Year from Chefs Move to Schools!

We are excited to announce that Chefs Move to Schools has been hard at work this winter organizing a new collaborative framework for the overall program.  As a first big step, Chefs Move to School just launched a brand new website,, complete with great resources and tools for chefs and schools to use in improving the way children interact with food, from the cafeteria to the classroom.

The new website is a one-stop-shop for chefs and schools, allowing them to sign up for the program; access training, recipes and resources; and learn how chefs and schools across the country are partnering to create healthier school environments. Visit the new website today to sign-in and find a wealth of resources for chefs and schools.  Chefs and Schools currently enrolled in the Chefs Move to School program will receive an email soon with instruction on how to access the new site.

The site was created thanks to a new coalition of leading culinary, nutrition and school organizations that will oversee the Chefs Move to Schools program.  Leading the coalition is the American Culinary Federation and School Nutrition Association. Also joining is Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (BEN), The Culinary TrustHarvard School of Public HealthInternational Corporate Chefs AssociationSupermarketGuru|The Lempert ReportNational Food Service Management InstitutePartnership for a Healthier America and Share Our Strength.

A Chef's Guide to Schools
The National Food Service Management Institute Introduces A Chef's Guide to Schools!

In keeping with the White House Initiative on “Chefs Move to Schools”, the National Food Service Management Institute is developing a training program to introduce chefs to the school nutrition environment.  A Chef’s Guide to Schools is designed to assist chefs by providing the key tools necessary to better understand the rules and regulations of school nutrition and the food choices and behaviors of school-age children. 

The Institute will be conducting a pilot for this training February 1-2, 2012 to obtain input and feedback from chefs and school nutrition professionals who are participating in the introductory version of the training.  The National Food Service Management Institute plans to begin offering this free program nationwide in April 2012.

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Culinary Trust at the IACP Conference
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The Culinary Trust is joining with the International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference on Sunday, April 1, 2012, to provide a full day of programming that gives culinary professionals the tools needed to support Chefs Move to Schools.

Workshops include: cooking the ideal public school lunch with Chef Bill Telepan; three approaches to getting kids to eat healthy foods, featuring Brian Wansink, Chef Bobo and Ellie Krieger; nutrition and education primers from experts at Columbia University Teacher's College, and an overview of how federal policy impacts what our kids eat.

Registration for IACP members is open now; registration for non-member culinary professionals begins February 15. To register or learn more, click here

Scholarships and Internships

Scholarships and Internships for Culinary Students and Professionals

  The Culinary Trust
The Culinary Trust scholarship program is accepting applications for culinary school students and professionals. In addition to traditional offerings for entering students, this year The Culinary Trust is offering short term internships for culinary professionals that will provide important skills for acting on critical issues in the world of food. Internship host partners include Share Our Strength, NYC's Greenmarket and Wellness in the Schools. Applications are available now here.
Chefs Move to Schools Website

Exciting news is on the horizon as the Chefs Move to Schools website is being revamped! Plenty of new resources are being added to help you reach out and make food healthy and fun in your community! One of the new resources includes a Public Relations Tool-kit developed by The Cornell Center for  Behavioral Economics  in Child Nutrition Programs (B.E.N. Center). This tool-kit was designed to help you build a network of support in your community.

This tool-kit highlights several key partnerships and provides detailed methods for reaching out and including those partners in the CMTS experience. A few ideas explored in the tool-kit include:

  • Neighborhood Association Block Parties to increase awareness of your work in the school lunchroom
  • Teamwork with the Extracurricular departments in your school district to inspire internal support
  • Media relations and marketing your hard work
  • Tips for how to keep your plans under budget
Like what you see? There is plenty more where that came from! Check out the Public Relations Tool-kit and many more resources available on the new CMTS website.

Recipe of the Month   Veggie and Turkey wrap

And lastly…try this quick and easy Cooking Matters® recipe for Veggie and Turkey Wraps next time you or  the chefs you work with are moving to schools!!!

Want more ideas?
Join ChefTalk, our e-mail discussion group,
to discuss other ways chefs and schools are working together.


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We look forward to working with you in the year to come. Our best wishes for a healthy and happy new year!

-Chefs Move to Schools Team

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