Chapter Activity

Our mission statement is “To educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition through community-based initiatives led by American Culinary Federation chef members, and to be the voice of the culinary industry in its fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity.” There are several ways to get involved in this goal explained in our chapter handbook (1.86 MB).

Chapter Involvement

The support of ACF chapters is needed to accomplish the goals and projects we have set in motion for CCF. Please get involved in your community. You can use one of the programs we have available online or create your own. Most importantly, if you are doing a fundraiser for a charity in your area, please register the recipient with the Chef & Child Foundation through the national office. This will allow donors to receive a tax break and protect your chapter from breaking tax laws. The ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation will then disburse 80% of the money to the recipient of your choice. The other 20% goes to pay for the programs, research and education provided by the Chef & Child Foundation. If you wish to give the CCF a straight donation, we would be very appreciative.

CCF Activity

Summer Cooking Camp

Elizabeth Mikesell, CEC, AAC, special programs ambassador/past chair, Chef & Child Foundation, helps organize a Kids Summer Cooking Camp each year, currently in its fifth year. The kids work with chefs to create healthy, delicious edibles in a teaching kitchen. View Video


Restaurant Possible

Brandon LaVielle, ACF Washington State Chefs Association, and his team participated in the “Restaurant Possible” week at West Seattle Family YMCA’s Trek summer camp. Fifth- and 6th-grade campers learned about nutritious food options. Campers colored their white paper chef hat and were encouraged to try a vegetable that corresponded to a color on their hat. They also learned about adding herbs to dishes for flavor.


Welcome to the Hilton Kitchen

Jorge Ramirez, CEC, and Thuan Nygun, members of ACF Orange Empire Chefs & Professional Cooks Assn, invited students from Chavez Elementary School to the kitchen at Hilton Hotel, Long Beach, Calif., to make delicious grilled vegetables wrapped in a sun-dried tomato flour tortilla. The students mentioned that there were some ingredients that they had never tried before and have now encouraged their parents to use them at home.


Make School Lunch Healthier

Michael Stephan and Crystal Ramiro partnered with the Corpus Christi School District in Texas to motivate students to try the new lunch options offered in the local schools. The chefs demonstrated a healthier Chicken Alfredo Pasta from the lunch menu to high school students. There was a mixed response, but the next day, they ran out of the dish in the cafeteria!


Let’s Make a Deal!

During a recent school event, a third grader tried to strike up a deal with John Selick, CEC, ACF Cleveland Chapter, to get more vegetables!


Chef Challenge 2014

Child Nutrition Services managers and staff, local chefs and ACFEF apprentices partnered to create new recipes for high-school cafeterias. In a made-for-TV-style cook off, teams invented tasty, nutritious, affordable, easy-to-prepare and kid-friendly entrees. View Video


Chef & Child Event in Savannah

ACF Savannah Chefs Association hosted a great Chef & Child event for over 755 kids, 87 teachers and 50 guests at Garden City Elementary outside of Savannah, Ga. They had support from over 35 chef and student volunteers from local restaurants, hotels, as well as students and instructors from Savannah Tech Culinary School and Virginia College. The menu was well received by kids and teachers and featured several Chef & Child recipes including Chocolate Kissed Cupcakes and Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese.


Ingredient of the Month

SSG Andrew Nicholson, CEC, PCC, CWPC, conducted hands-on culinary demonstrations at Montclair Elementary School using Chef & Child’s Ingredient of the Month toolkit. Students were excited to learn about new ingredients each month.


Delectable Success

Jeff Gratton, Granite school district chef, Tysen Fausett, principle and Efrain Carrasco, kitchen manager, took a regular cafeteria menu item, teriyaki beef stir fry, and turned it into a live action show inside the lunchroom at Woodrow Wilson Elementary.


The Detroit Three

Chefs Joe Nader, Jake Williams, CEC, and Scott Breazeale joined together as “The Detroit Three” to host unique events while serving the city with a philanthropic twist. Their focus is children, hunger, and food access in Detroit while partnering with the hospitality, art, and music communities. The goal is to provide a great evening of food while promoting awareness and raising money for Cooking Matters and ACF’s Chef & Child Foundation.


Health Jam

As part of a Health Jam initiative, Chef talked to the students about kitchen safety and demonstrated Green Bean Casserole Sushi. The students were able to roll their own sushi and then divided into groups to prepare four different recipes for a buffet that they enjoyed as lunch. All recipes were from the Chef & Child Ingredient of the Month toolkit.


Apple Sampling

Bob Roebuck, CEC, AAC, partnered with Marilyn Shirey, cafeteria manager, Shallow Brook Intermediate School, Kimberly Alessandroni, director, Child Nutrition Services, Jessica Lindren, Jones-Penn State Dietetic Intern and student helpers Connor Kister and Delaney Resto, to prepare a healthy apple crisp for 450 students.


Kindergarteners Can Cook, Too

Chef Reenie Werr works with North Texas Leadership Academy in Keller, Texas, to teach kindergarteners about making healthy food choices. She also implemented a garden at the school.


Chili Cook-Off

Mike Speranza, CEC, ACF Professional Chefs/Cooks Assn of Rochester, assisted in judging and coaching the chili cook-off at The Young Women’s College Prep School in Rochester, N.Y. The class was taught by DarLyn Poachan, also an ACF chapter member, and sponsored by Foodlink of Rochester. The objective of the course is to teach young, less-privileged women basic cooking skills.


Smoothies

Michael Garahan, CEC, ACF Louis Joliet Chapter, prepared smoothies for students of Sandlewood High School. He received the Vitamix blender as part of an ACF/Vitamix partnership for hosting an event in support of Childhood Nutrition Day.


Chef & Child Programs

Need an idea for an awareness activity to implement in your community? Check out our Programs section.

Let Us Know

Please e-mail us to let us know what type of awareness you generated in your community. Please include any details or photos that we can feature on the website to show the impact of the activities.

Chapter Recognition

CCF honors and recognizes chapters and individuals annually who showcase our mission by presenting them with awards. The deadline for award applications is June 15. For more information, go to the Awards section.