“How can I affect how these kids are eating?”
That question drives Chef Tory, the executive chef for L'Etoile and Graze, to spend every other Tuesday at Sherman Middle School, teaching students how to cook from scratch using whole natural foods.
Now in its sixth year, Cooking Healthy Options in Wisconsin, or CHOW, was originally conceived by Chef Tory and one of his cooks. At the time, Sherman Middle School had just received a “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables” grant from the state, and so it seemed like an ideal school to pilot the CHOW program.
What started as cooking demonstrations has expanded to include a school garden, which provides the raw materials for healthy snacks and meals, and also serves as an outdoor classroom for integrated, hands-on learning.