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Hot Topic Added to ANC Education Session Lineup

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Are you interested in learning more about First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Chef’s Move to Schools” initiative? Well, then you won't want to miss the newly added ANC education session, “Chef’s Move.” During this session, White House Assistant Chef and the Food Initiative Coordinator Sam Kass, as well as Executive Chef Brad Trudeau from Dallas (Texas) Independent School District, Chef Tony Geraci from Baltimore City (Md.) Public Schools and Chef Timothy Cipriano for New Haven (Conn.) Public Schools will provide an overview of this brand-new initiative and explain how participating in this program can benefit your school. The program is administered by USDA and allows chefs nationwide the opportunity to share their expertise—from developing menus that meet federal dietary standards within budget to educating children about healthy food choices—with schools interested in benefitting from that expertise. Chefs and schools interested in participating can learn more by visiting and clicking on the “Chefs Move to Schools” button.

The "Chef's Move" session is scheduled for Sunday, July 11 at 12:00pm. This “Hot Topic” session was a last-minute addition to the ANC 2010 education session lineup and therefore is not included in the onsite ANC Program Guide. Please be sure to pick up your program and accompanying addendum at Registration for session times and room numbers. The addendum is also packed with exhibitor updates, so you’ll want to have that handy as well when walking the floor of the Exhibit Hall.


Is anyone else offended by the "Chefs Move to Schools" initiative? Why would a restaurant chef know what kids like to eat better than school nutrition professionals? Why would a restaurant chef know better how to cook food for children than school nutrition professionals? Why would a restaurant chef know nutrition better than school nutrition professionals? It's not that school nutrition professionals need to be taught what to do . . . we need the funding to do what we know is right!

I heard the speech Michele Obama gave to the 500 chefs. She told them they know how the ingredients we put in our bodies effect the way we feel, the way we think, and the way we grow. Seriously?!?!?!? A chef knows more about nutrition than the thousands of school nutrition professionals many who are Registered Dietitians?

If we are pressured to let chefs into our operation, I propose we do it as an exchange program. We'll let the chefs come show us how and what to cook and school nutrition professionals will go into their restaurants and teach them about food safety and sanitation and proper portion size!
Posted by: Scott Kingery at 7/19/2010 2:02 PM

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