Welcome to Chefs Move To Schools

Chefs Are Moving to Schools

First Lady Michelle Obama is calling on chefs to join the fight against childhood obesity by adopting a school and working with teachers, parents, school nutrition professionals and administrators to help educate children about food and to show them that healthy eating can be fun.

Why Partner?

Chefs and schools have a unique opportunity to work together to teach kids about food in a fun, appealing way. The Chefs Move to Schools program seeks to utilize the creativity and culinary expertise of chefs to help schools
ensure that America’s youngest generation grows up healthy.

How to Partner

Chefs Move to Schools focuses on the interests and expertise of each chef volunteer and the needs of each school. There are many ways the partnership can work to positively impact the eating habits of children. To make the process easier for you and to get the best match for both chefs and schools, Chefs Move to Schools is built around three tracks—the classroom, the cafeteria, and culinary training/demos.

Latest Blog Posts

Healthy Cooking for Kids

On April 21, 2015, NFSMI hosted a Chefs Stay After Schools class Fleetwood-Jourdain Recreation Center in Evanston, IL.  Thirty children ages 5-12 participated in the after school class, which was taught by Chef Kelly Donlea of Lake Barrington, IL.  Kelly has been the owner of Organizing Dinner since 2005, where she also serves as a caterer and cooking instructor. […]

NFSMI Hosts Chefs Stay After Schools event in Los Angeles

On April 23, 2015, NFSMI hosted a Chefs Stay After Schools class at Ramona Hall Community Center in Los Angeles, California. This class was taught by Chef Brenda Thompson Wattles of Nampa, Idaho. Chef Brenda [...]

After School Chef: Teaching young people basic cooking, tasting and eating skills leading to a lifetime of healthy habits.​

Green smoothie mustache For the past several months, myself and a nutrition intern from the University of Idaho have been visiting after school programs at 3 different schools. We teach nutrition through the [...]

Florida Chef Teaches Students Benefits of Healthy Eating

On May 6, 2015, NFSMI hosted a Chefs Stay After Schools class at the Boys and Girls Club in Lakeland, Florida.  This class was taught by Chef Michelle Ross of Tallahassee, Florida.  Chef Ross has a Masters of Social Work Degree from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and an Associate Culinary Arts Degree from Keiser University.  She has an extensive culinary history as a Culinary Arts Instructor and is also the owner of “Chef Chelle’s” personal chef and food catering services. Chef Michelle has a passion for creating an avenue to teach children and adults healthy eating skills.   […]