[UPDATED] A Little Cheffing Goes a Long Way to Feed Young Minds for Florida School Breakfast Week

Update: Chef Bradley and his fresh ricotta fruit & honey toasts were a hit with the kids! And he even melted cafeteria manager Ms. Theresa McKenzie’s heart.  A true feat!  Seriously, we love her and the whole crew at Phillis Wheatley especially Principal Caty Flor, for her unending support of our work with the kids and the cafeteria over the past two 1/2 years. Thanks also goes to Miami-Dade County Public School’s Food & Nutrition department and Helena Pernas our school liaison.  Brad got some inspiration and ideas from the kids (who even ate today’s oatmeal, with enthusiasm, thanks to his magic powers of persuasion) for what breakfast item he will create for the school system to activate with the rest of the chef partners this year…

While MGFD Miami is closed for renovations this week, we are taking some time to give back to the community and reconnect with Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in Overtown, our partner for The White House’s Chefs Move to Schools initiative and Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Chef Partnership program since 2010.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition is celebrating Florida School Breakfast Week with Michael and its team of Chef Partners including Michelle Bernstein, Kris Wessel, Julie Frans, Doug Rodriguez, Richard Ingraham and Lorena Garcia.  Breakfast at school is a slam dunk for kids. Research links eating breakfast with better test scores, better attendance and better health. M-DCPS Celebrity Chef Partners will be out at schools supporting Florida School Breakfast Week and jump starting the District’s initiative to expand the FREE Breakfast program which is available to all M-DCPS students.

Chef Manny at Phillis Wheatley last December showing our fourth and fifth graders that “green stuff” can make plain cheese pizza even more delicious and colorful, here with kale and bok choy sauteed fresh from their school garden.

Chef de cuisine Bradley Herron is taking the lead on Team Genuine for the 2012-13 school year and will be on duty with cafeteria manager Ms. Theresa McKenzie tomorrow morning (Wednesday) serving a healthy breakfast. Many of our students get their ONLY meals in school, so it’s more important than ever to raise awareness that free school breakfast does exist for those who need it most.  Following the example of Michael and our chef at Harry’s, Manny Sulbaran, Bradley will gain insight into what works so he can come up with a fun, nutritious breakfast item of his own to integrate into the menu this year with the help of the M-DCPS Food & Nutrition Department. Breakfast tomorrow morning will include oatmeal and “Breakfast-to-Go” bags in addition to a menu from the hotline. Bradley’s also got something delicious up his sleeve he’ll be bringing with him to further help engage the kids in a dialogue on breakfast.  Can’t wait to see and taste what that is!  Pictures and notes on our experience to come… Follow along tomorrow morning at #SchoolBreakfast