On May 21, 2019 ACF Tampa Bay Chef’s assisted the students at Northwest Elementary School, Hudson FL, with the harvesting of carrots they grew in their vegetable garden. The Tampa Bay ACF Chapter started this garden 10 years ago when Mrs. Obama asked “Chef’s to Move to Schools” as part of her Let’s Move Initiative.
Each year this garden has been increased in size and this year the students were able to grow enough carrots to feed the entire student body. ACF Tampa Bay Chef’s assisted the school’s kitchen staff in cleaning and roasting these carrots. Besides carrots these students grew tomatoes, broccoli, green and purple beans, blackberries and radishes which they took home to their families.
Throughout the school year the ACF Tampa Bay Chapter sponsors 4 school gardens for the purpose of encouraging children to make healthy food choices..
About the ACF Tampa Bay Chapter:
Our chapter’s purpose is the advancement of the culinary profession and culinary awareness through education and certification of the membership and close interaction with other local organizations. The chapter membership is composed of chefs, cooks, culinary educators, students, and purveyors from Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas Counties and the surrounding metro area. Our primary local outreach program is the ACF Educational Foundation’s Chef & Child Initiative, an ongoing program whereby our chapter chefs educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition by providing tools and resources for community-based programs led by American Culinary Federation chef members.
About the American Culinary Federation:
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. is a professional, not-for-profit organization for chefs and cooks. It was founded in 1929 in New York City by three Chefs organizations: the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club and the Chefs Association of America. The principle goal of the founding chefs remains true to the ACF today – to promote the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education among culinarians at all levels, from apprentices to the most accomplished Certified Master Chefs. Successful culinarians know the value of belonging to the oldest and largest organization of chefs and cooks in the United States.
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