American Culinary Federation Chef & Child Foundation ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation

Mission Statement

“To educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition through community-based initiatives led by the American Culinary Federation chef members, and to be the voice of the culinary industry in its fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity.”

Current News

Ingredient of the Month

Used in both sweet and savory dishes, ricotta cheese is high in health-promoting vitamins and minerals, such as calcium to support bone health and zinc for a healthy immune system. Italian ricottas typically come from sheep’s milk, but can also be made from cow’s, goat’s or Italian water buffalo’s milk. American ricottas are commonly made with a combination of whey and whole or skim milk, which produces a wetter, creamier ricotta than Italian versions. Learn more, including recipes for Italian Pear Cheesecake and Crab Spinach Mousse. More

Cedarhurst Elementary School Students Learn About Veggies

Brandon LaVielle, CCC, visited Cedarhurst Elementary School in Burien, Washington, for a Chef & Child event on April 15, 2015. Students from all grade levels learned about the importance of eating healthy foods and how it pertains to their day-to-day lives. The kids enjoyed making fresh vegetable skewers with bright-colored vegetables. They dipped them in a low-fat Greek yogurt ranch sauce and a honey balsamic dipping sauce that were very popular. The kids also personalized their chef hats with colors and pictures. Chapter Highlights

Become Involved

Download our overview presentation for a better understanding of how you and your chapter can become involved and make a difference. Visit our chapter corner and programs areas for more ideas. Make a donation to help fund our programs.

Ingredient of the Month

View our free, monthly articles featuring a nutritional ingredient for chefs to incorporate into their menus, as well as new kid-friendly flyers, recipes and activities. Provided through our partnership with Clemson University.

Chefs Outreach to the
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Need an idea for an awareness activity to implement in your community? Check out our programs section. Find out what other local chapters are doing and how they are implementing our programs.

Chapter Corner and Awards

Interested in becoming involved in your local community? Find out what other local chapters are doing and more about the fundraising process in our chapter corner. Every year, CCF honors and recognizes chapters and individuals who showcase our mission by presenting them with awards. Application deadline is May 1.

Chefs Move to Schools

Chefs Move To Schools

The Chefs Move to Schools program provides a platform for chefs and schools to form a partnership to work with teachers, parents and school nutrition professionals to collaboratively encourage healthy eating and proper nutrition education to kids in engaging and fun ways. More

Recipes & Nutrition Resources

Check out our healthy and nutritious recipes from the CCF cookbook and culinary nutrition-focused articles that provide up-to-date research and nutrition related information. For more nutrition links, visit our nutrition resources section.

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