Thursday, June 10, 2010

CIC Advisory Board Member Nathalie Dupree Wears Her CIC Chef's Jacket to the White House

Ms. Dupree with (l) Chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta, and (r) Chef John Currence, of The City Grocery, Oxford, Miss.
The Washington Post Jane Black June 4, 2010
"More than 500 chefs gathered at the White House today to join Michelle Obama's newest effort to fight childhood obesity, Chefs Move To Schools. The chefs, including national stars such as Rachael Ray, Tom Colicchio and Cat Cora, and an army of unknowns who work in restaurants, food banks and culinary schools, hailed from 37 states. Each has accepted a White House mission to adopt a school in his or her community and work with parents, teachers and cafeteria workers to educate children about food and nutrition. That might include developing healthful recipes for cafeterias, offering cooking lessons or helping a school to plant a garden.
"'You are all at the heart of this initiative because if anyone understands nutrition and food, it's the folks sitting here in their whites today," Obama said, referring to the traditional chef uniform. "You know more about food than almost anyone – other than the grandmas – and you've got the visibility and the enthusiasm to match that knowledge."
"So far, nearly 1,000 chefs have signed on to the program, which was spearheaded by White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass, Obama said."
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