The Tampa chapter of the American Culinary Federation celebrates Child Nutrition Day beginning October 16 and throughout the month to bring focus on creating events that bring community focus on the importance of proper nutrition for America’s children and promote the ACF Chef who works every day to solve problems of childhood hunger and malnutrition. Locally Chef Mentor Vince Blancato worked with 3rd. grade students at Gulfside Elementary School (Holiday, FL) in the chapter-sponsored vegetable garden harvesting radishes and other vegetables. After the harvest Chef Blancato and the children discussed the nutritional benefits of the vegetables they are raising and sampled several varieties. A benefit of the student-tended garden is to create awareness and bring positive change in the students’ attitude and acceptance of the vegetables they’re growing and eating.
About the ACF Chef & Child Program:
The mission of ACFEF’s Chef & Child Initiative is to educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition by providing tools and resources for community-based programs led by American Culinary Federation chef members. More information may be found at: https://www.acfchefs.org/ACF/Partnerships/Chef_and_Child/ACF/Partnerships/CCF/
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.
Tampa Chapter American Culinary Federation