Madame Obama Snags Chefs for Obesity Fight

June 4, 2010  |  

Bag-lunch, schmag lunch! Yucky, unhealthy eating is so 1892. In this era – i.e. the era of Madame Michelle Obama, hand-picked chefs will partner with schools, and work with teachers and parents to educate kids about health and nutrition. These special chefs convened at the White House South Lawn on Friday to put their heads together–and tear those (beloved, high-calorie, high-carb) breads apart.

Associated Press reports:

“You can make a salad bar fun — now that’s something,” she said.

Rachael Ray, Tom Colicchio, Cat Cora and other celebrity chefs joined Mrs. Obama and children from a local school. They picked arugula, baby spinach, rhubarb and other vegetables from her garden on the lawn. The chefs showed the children how to wash, dice and cook the veggies as they all made a grilled chicken salad and rhubarb strawberry crisp together.

In addition to helping in school kitchens, Mrs. Obama encouraged the chefs to do cooking demonstrations, form cooking clubs, integrate food into lesson plans and help children plant vegetables in school gardens.

She also said they’ll have to be patient with schools and learn how they work.

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So fancy. How do you like this idea (or not)?

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