On October 30, 2014 NFSMI hosted its first Chefs Stay After School Class at Inskip Elementary School in Knoxville, TN. Twenty 1st-5th graders participated in the after school class, which was taught by Anthony Terrell of Memphis, TN. Anthony is a Culinary Specialist for the Shelby County School District in Memphis, and he attended the National Food Service Management Institute’s Connect: Chefs Move to Schools Training in National Harbor, MD last fall.
“Chef T” spoke to the students about MyPlate and each of the 5 food groups. He demonstrated how to cut onions and bell peppers, allowed children to mash black beans, and use a grater to grate cheese and carrots. All of those items were then used to make Fiesta Wraps, a recipe from the USDA’s Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbook. While the wraps were in the oven, children also helped Chef T make smoothies using milk, orange juice, yogurt, honey, bananas, and strawberries. The smoothie and Fiesta Wrap (home version) recipes were taken home by students, along with a MyPlate poster.
The children were very excited to have Chef T come to their school. After the class was complete, children gathered around Chef T asking for his autograph and requesting that he come back again. As parents began coming in to pick up their children, they were delighted to see the Chef there and thanked him for coming.
Chefs Stay After School is another example of how Chefs can get involved with educating children about eating healthy foods that taste great!