DISD Students To Compete With Top Chef Alumni In Cooking Battle. Sounds Fair.

First Lady Michelle Obama during the White House Kitchen garden harvest. The first Lady has been campaigning for healthier choices in public schools.
First Lady Michelle Obama during the White House Kitchen garden harvest. The first Lady has been campaigning for healthier choices in public schools.
Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton

Last week we let you know that Michelle Obama would be coming to town to promote her Let's Move initiative, an effort to fight childhood fatness through better nutrition and exercise. Now we know a little more about the First Lady's visit.

Bravo tells us today that Top Chefs Richard Blais, Fabio Viviani, Jenn Carroll, Spike Mendelsohn, Grayson Schmitz and Ed Lee will compete in a healthy cooking competition with students from a Dallas elementary school on Friday. The Dallas Independent School District has the most Gold schools (a measure of performance against nutrition metrics laid out in the program) of any district in the country.

Let's Move looks to provide kids with healthier food and greater opportunities for physical activity in schools and communities, but it's received mixed reviews. While government agencies mostly praise the impact the program has had on menu nutrition in school cafeterias, some attributes have received scrutiny.

After significant debate, Congress has determined that the tomato paste included in a pizza slice can be counted as a vegetable for nutrition purposes. The use of potatoes was argued as well, but spuds are currently not restricted. French Fries are in, according to the latest guidelines. Yep, they're considered a vegetable, too.

The First Lady's appearance with Bravo's Top Chefs is part of a larger three-day, three-state tour. A roundtable dinner discussion at a Fort Worth Olive Garden is planned as well. Bread sticks for everyone!


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