International Chefs Day for WorldChefs – a message from Vanessa

International Chefs Day for WorldChefs – a message from Vanessa


As my 1st year as VP of International Chefs Day for WorldChefs, my goal was to have the ACF Tampa Bay Chapter reach out to 2000 kids in the bay area. This goal was reached and surpasses dramatically for a total of 7,077 children reached the week of Oct 15-20th for Child Nutrition Week and International Chefs Day sponsored by Nestle Professional!   ACF Chapter Chefs educated children on healthy eating habits and preparing food with them to keep them on the right path of being healthy.  Many students had a chance to try new fruits and vegetables that they didn’t even know existed. A huge part of this large number was due to the ACF Tampa Bay partnering with Hillsborough County Public schools and their 60+ certified culinarians who are Student Nutrition managers. They all took part that week to do demos for students chosen to participate. And of course, the ongoing support of our Chef & Child team, Chef Vince Blancato & Chef Ray Benton who reach out to children weekly, all year round. We look forward to pushing the goal again next year and to encourage other ACF chapters in the US to participate.

Vanessa Marquis, CEC
Secretary-American Culinary Federation Tampa Bay
WORLDCHEFS, Vice Chairman-International Chefs Day Committee

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