Students learn about cooking alongside local top chefs

Students learn about cooking alongside local top chefs
Photo courtesy of REAP Food Group

Sherman Middle School students got a taste of what it’s like to cook with a few of Madison’s best chefs at this year’s Chef in the Classroom benefit breakfast at the Dane County Farmers’ Market.

Middle school students learned hands-on culinary skills through REAP’s Chef in the Classroom program. They learn how to cook healthy, fresh meals using local ingredients, and they put their skills to the test Saturday morning.

They chopped veggies, kneaded dough and sprinkled it with toppings alongside Chef Tory Miller and Chef Lisa Jacobson. The menu consisted of breakfast pizza and all of the ingredients were sourced from vendors at the farmers’ market.

“The kids come out and students and teachers work together. They really crush it. They’re doing a great job,” Miller said.

The event is the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of work. The students created four different seasonal dishes this year. They’re encouraged to taste, smell, touch and appreciate fresh and healthy ingredients, according to REAP.

“Teaching kids about where their food comes from and engaging them and exciting them about eating and cooking and preparing local Wisconsin food has a lot of benefits, including benefits to their health, to our local economy,” Ross Cohen, Farm to School Education coordinator, said.

Organizers said about 400 people attended the breakfast. Most of the proceeds benefit the Chef in the Classroom program.