Friday, October 22, 2010

Future Chefs From Job Corps Visit White House

Top Toques give tips on healthy cooking...
As part of the ongoing White House outreach to organizations working on healthy food initiatives, a group of more than twenty young chefs in training from Job Corps met on Thursday with Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass. They had a special tour of First Lady Michelle Obama's newly harvested Kitchen Garden, and a visit with the White House chefs. (Kass, above)

A part of the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration, Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for underserved students ages 16-24, and provides support services to more than 100,000 young people across the US each year. The White House visit was a a field trip for the group's professional development training course, "Top Chefs: Creating Healthy and Nutritious Food Services," held October 20-21 in Washington.

"It's an honor and a privilege to meet and learn from the chef who feeds the president and his family," said Steve Peck, Delaware Valley Job Corps Center Food Service Manager, in a statement about the visit.

The two-day training seminar also included interactive discussions with leading chefs and experts, testing new approaches to healthy cooking, and developing new menus and options that can be shared with other Job Corps centers.

*Photo by EGK/Obama Foodorama