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Our Programs

Inspiring and empowering youth to cook and enjoy plant-based meals since 2015. 

Read about Youth Chef Academy's proven impact here.

Harley A, Lemke M, Brazauskas R, Carnegie NB, Bokowy L, Kingery L. Youth Chef Academy: pilot results from a plant-based culinary and nutrition literacy program for sixth and seventh graders. J Sch Health. 2018; 88: 893-902.

Close up of Growing Chef student cutting a pepper

YCA was originally created for 7th & 8th graders, students who are just beginning to discover self-advocacy. Teaching students about health and nutrition, as well as providing them with the skills and weekly practice of cooking, empowers them to change the way they eat at home. 

Learn more about our programs below.

Hey educators!

Interested in getting our programs in your classroom?

Check out our Educators Page & connect with us.

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 Youth explore foods, learn about the food system, and create meals as chefs-in-training, receiving intensive culinary lessons in knife skills and cooking techniques over 8 to 12 weeks.

Youth Chef Academy student practicing knife skills

"I like so many parts of the program, but I guess the most important part for me was that it opened the kids’ minds and world. So many of the kids we teach have such limited opportunities. This was an enriching experience for them."

Phebe Smith, Teacher: Brown Street Academy

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Over 8 weeks students learn basic cooking skills while they explore foods which help them grow and stay healthy. This fun, hands-on program teaches children to cook and eat 40 different types of  vegetables, legumes and whole grains from 14 different cuisines.

Four Youth Chef Academy Elementary students around a soup
Youth Chef Academy student holding up a Thank You Letter to FoodRight
Youth Chef Academy students chopping veggies

"Trying new foods and different cuisines is really fun because you can find so many foods you never knew you liked and then you can share those foods with your family and friends."

Jax, YCAE student

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FoodRight trains teachers to implement this program in their own classrooms. Over 6 weeks, our youngest student-chefs explore where food comes from, experiment with growing microgreens, learn about nutritious foods, & prepare simple & delicious plant-based dishes. 

Youth Chef Academy Primary student cooking at home
Youth Chef Academy Primary student inspecting Microgreens
Youth Chef Academy Primary student giving a big thumbs ups and smile

"This class taught me there are more choices of food than I ever imagined."


Emerald, student

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Students prepare & eat simple dishes using vegetables that they planted, cared for, & harvested from their own class gardens. This year-long program has 5 cooking & gardening lessons per semester.

Growing Chefs students harvesting carrots from a school garden bed
FoodRight CEO Lisa sitting outside with Growing Chefs students
Growing Chefs students washing kale

"Foods made with plants are actually really good. Before the class I didn’t really like plant foods especially vegetables, but now I know you can make them taste really good if you know how to cook them."

Darin, student

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Fun and delicious culinary nutrition education classes designed to motivate and educate adults in our community to choose a healthy diet. 

Interested in Worksite Wellness with FoodRight?

Contact Community Relations Manager Leslie

Cooks for Life adult-students cooking together

"I never served vegetables to my family before taking this class, but now my family and I eat salad every week and we all really like it. So now we want to eat salad all of the time! For fun, we like to try adding new ingredients too."

Dionna, Cooks for Life student

Want to share information about our programs with your school or organization? Download and print Our Programs handout or share our digital PDF here:

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