A common anomaly among many young aspiring chefs and restaurateurs is their limited exposure to dining culture, as well as fundamental aspects of how food is raised and harvested, and the role food plays in overall health and well-being. As awareness of obesity factors, health issues and sustainable living rises, CRAEF is working to bring these relevant issues into the classroom, systematically changing the way students consider food, Harshfield said.
CRAEF will use $25,000 in funding to plan, coordinate and execute four regional ProStart educator trainings, which will cover topics such as healthy menu development and nutrition, local ingredient sourcing and gardening, implementation of farm-to-school projects and sustainability – at no cost to the schools. The grant will make it possible to carry out collaborative events for educators and industry professionals to provide strategies, techniques and program resources to teach instructors how to incorporate practices into their classroom studies and their schools.
The Leon Lowenstein Foundation Inc. is a New York-based not-for-profit organization that provides funding for medical research and New York City public schools and youth programs.
About the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation: CRAEF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and grants since its inception in 1981. CRAEF works to enhance education and training programs within the hospitality industry. ProStart is a two-year program designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for exciting careers in foodservice.