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Chefs Move to Schools and Fuel Up to Play 60


Chefs Move to Schools

The Chefs Move to Schools program, founded in May 2010, is an integral part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative and its goal of solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. The program pairs chefs with schools in their communities with the mission of collaboratively educating kids about food and proper nutrition. Chefs use their culinary creativity and knowledge to engage students through cooking demonstrations, school gardens and other activities that focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, proteins and the importance of a balanced diet. Chefs partner with employees who work in K-12 school meal operations, administrators and teachers to help improve the way children interact with food, from the cafeteria to the classroom.  


Fuel Up to Play 60 is your chance to make a commitment to healthy eating and 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Make a difference for yourself and make your school an even better place.

December 2014

Healthy holiday snack
Please enjoy this recipe created by Chef Greg Sever for our Chefs Lose for Schools partnership with Walmart at your next gathering!

Mandarin Orange Gazpacho Cocktail
By Chef Greg Sever
• Mandarin Oranges (in juice) Canned/Reserve Juice
• Cucumber, Peeled, Seeded & Small Diced
• Avocado Diced (lightly salted)
• Fresh Berries, (Based on availability)
• Diced Roma Tomatoes
• Fresh or Frozen Peas
• Diced Bell Pepper
• Fresh Cilantro (Picked Leaves)
• Fresh Squeezed Lime/Lemon Juiec
• Diced Apple
• Sparkling Apple Cider
Method: In a clear cup/glass arrange all of the fruit & vegetables with berry and cilantro on top. Chill.
Combine reserved juice with sparkling cider and pour over garnish at time of service, finish with fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice.

March 29, 2013

Mission Viejo Elementary participates in Chefs Move to Schools

Mission Viejo Elementary Group Photo

Mission Viejo Elementary

Principal Andre and Chef Chris De John with StudentsChef and Children hold Parfaits

Principal Andre Pearson, Chef Chris DeJohn and Students; Chef Chris DeJohn and Students hold parfaits that they created together

ACFCCA GroupMission Viejo Elementary

ACFCCA Chef Chris DeJohn, Joan Brewster, Kari Jensen, Monica Leonard, TJ Sigg and student; Principal Andre Pearson, Chef Chris DeJohn, student, TJ Sigg, Erika Edwards of Cherry Creek Schools and Troy Haller of General Mills.


March 26, 2013 - Colorado's Own Channel 2 - Chef Chris De John and Kari Jensen

Colorado Chefs Team Up with School Kids to Fight Obesity

Jump on board with some of the best chefs in Colorado as they embark on a journey in Colorado to help fight Childhood Obesity with the “Chefs Lose for Schools” program.

The Colorado Chef’s Association has a mission to provide educational opportunities to Colorado residents pursuing a career in the culinary profession through leadership financial guidance, thereby enhancing the quality of the Colorado Culinary Arts. They are also committed to supporting and encouraging kids to eat healthier and get excited about healthy eating! Find out how to get your school involved by visiting Read More . . .


January 16, 2013

Cherokee Trail students win Fruits & Veggies Challenge. Chef Jason Morse, Douglas County Schools, prepares a special dessert with t he help of student chefs. Read More ...


December 4, 2012

Chefs Lose for Schools recipes: Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge from Apprentice Cassie Flaming, Dark and Sweet Potato Gnocchi from Chef Joe Hsu, Simms Steakhouse.


November 3, 2012

Walmart Sponsors Second Chef Demo at Super Center, featured the secondinstallment of the “Chefs Lose for Schools” demos.

The Walmart Super Center in Highlands Ranch hosted a two hour demo featuring:

Chef Joe Hsu-Simms Steakhouse, Fall Spice Couscous & Quinoa Salad by Chef Hsu and Chef Greg Sever-Azura of Lakewood, Cucumber & Crab Canapes by Chef Sever, Chris Volmert-student at Johnson & Wales University and Cassie Flaming-apprentice at Simms Steakhouse.

These chefs prepared and served customers healthy snacks with simple, delicious products from Walmart. Customers were delighted to taste so many wonderful creations made from professionals using items right off the shelves of the store! Many took advantage of their shopping day by adding some of these recipe items to their cart to take home and prepare. The event was again a great success. Special thanks to Walmart Store Manager John Poma, for all his encouragement and support of this program.

With one month already done, the 10 chef participants have been focusing on making healthy lifestyle choices and daily exercise habits. They are part-nered with local elementary schools to help encourage both the kids and the chefs to make these changes part of their normal lives. The goal of the program is promote long-lasting habits while being role models for grade-school children.

Please join us in supporting the following chefs participating in the first Chefs Lose program: Danny Flanagan, CEC Sanctuary, Jorge de la Torre, Johnson & Wales University
Chris DeJohn, CEC, AAC, Centerplate Sports Authority Field, Joe Hsu, Simms Steakhouse
Eric Evert, Red Bird Farms, Bob Grand, Restaurant News of the Rockies
Jean-Luc Voegele, Westin Tabor Center, Jon Morpurgo, CCC, Sysco Foods Denver
Jeremy Glas, CEC, Culinary Consultant, Jason Morse, CEC, Douglas County Schools & 5280 Culinary

The next demo will be held Saturday, December 1 at this Highlands Ranch Walmart Super Center and will feature healthy holiday snack ideas.