Mountain Elementary Students Participate In Southwest Food Excellence’s Roving Chef Program

Mountain students who participated in the Southwest Food Excellence’s Roving Chef program include Jack Hawkins, Hannah Hsu, Seanna Shedd, Olivia Witt, Trayvon Fazier, Riley Geoffrion, Andrea Rivera, Marisol Lovato and Gabe Kephart. Courtesy photo

Mountain students learn about food safety, food preparation and nutrition. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Mountain Elementary School students recently had the opportunity to work as a chef for the day. As a part of Southwest Food Excellence’s Roving Chef program, Mountain students were invited to learn more about food safety, food preparation and learn to cook a meal.

According to Claude Pool, SFE Director of Dining Services, the Roving Chef program’s goal is to educate students on how their school meals are prepared and how healthy food can taste great in a fun environment. The roving chef program provides an opportunity to expose students to new foods and recipes to expand their palette. Cooking together in groups promotes team building and working together to achieve a goal.

The students who participated in the program learned how to keep food and work areas clean and safe, more about nutrition, how to read and follow a recipe, and tips on making healthier food choices.

“This was an awesome experience for our students,” Principal Jennifer Guy said. “They loved it. It was wonderful to see them working together and so enthusiastic about learning to cook. What a great experience for them to be able to choose ingredients, cook a meal, and then enjoy eating it with their peers. They shared Red Dragon Beef and Broccoli with me. It was delicious!”

The students each received a chef’s hat and recipe card to take home.

“This was really cool. It was fun to cook and eat the food,” Mountain student Trayvon Frazier said. Mountain student Jack Hawkins added, “I can cook!”

All the Mountain students agreed that cooking the meal was a lot of fun. They thought the food tasted good and enjoyed helping themselves to seconds. Mr. Smith, Mountain teacher, asked to participate when he heard about the program.

“I always wanted to be a chef when I was a kid. This was great!” he said.

Mountain students who participated in the program include Jack Hawkins, Hannah Hsu, Seanna Shedd, Olivia Witt, Trayvon Fazier, Riley Geoffrion, Andrea Rivera, Marisol Lovato and Gabe Kephart.

Mountain students cook a meal. Courtesy photo

Mountain students participate in the Southwest Food Excellence’s Roving Chef program. Courtesy photo

Mountain students learn to prepare a nutritious meal. Courtesy photo

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