Genoa restaurant Executive Chef David Anderson is heading to the White House to help Michele Obama launch her “Chefs Move Schools” program.
From the press release, “Having been involved with Share Our Strengths and Taste of the Nation since moving to Portland 9 years ago, Mr. Anderson was nominated to help Michele Obama launch her “Chefs Move Schools” Program.
David will be attending the program launch next Friday 6/4 at The White House then return home to partner with local schools in developing nutritionally sound lunch programs.
When asked what motivated him to get involved with child nutrition and obesity issues, David stated,
‘I was lucky to grow up in Ketchikan, Alaska where an active lifestyle was the norm from an early age. My goal is to help our schools not only create healthy lunch programs, but to highlight physical activity as part of a daily nutritional regimen.'”
Congrats to a great chef and a great cause..
Cristie Mather says
Congratulations, David! Helping kids gain access to healthy meals is incredibly important. We’re so appreciative of your leadership in this movement!
Lur Kerr says
Isn’t this what Cory Schreiber is already doing with farm to school? And why does the pear board, which seems to be sponsoring his trip, still have David listed as the Chef at Vindaloo? Just curious. Would like to see both of these chefs work together as opposed to separately. School lunches are more than just nutrition and education, it is also about farm subsidies.
Cristie Mather says
To clarify, the Pear Bureau is not sponsoring Chef Anderson’s trip. We are simply glad to hear that he’s involved in this exciting program. As an organization we are actively involved with several local and national programs that help encourage healthy eating both at home and at school. Also, thank you for visiting our website! We honored Chef Anderson while he was still with Vindalho, but we see how that can cause confusion. We will update our site accordingly.
David Anderson says
Hi Food Dude, thanks for the post. This was an exciting opportunity presented to me at the last minute by share our strength. Being a part of a movement as great as this (along with many other great chefs around the country) from its beginning is a tremendous honor. This program helps to connect chefs with schools to work together to promote healthy diets for kids and battle childhood obesity. I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my career and have always been happy to put it to use helping my community.
Good for you and good for Portland!
And, btw, your oyster with squid ink pasta bite at Cochon 555 was just delicious…
Alan Cordle says
But the oysters were from Iowa!!!!!
How exciting and what a great opportunity, congrats David
Mike Thelin says
Congrats to David. While it’s true that a lot needs to happen on the policy side to truly affect change, events such as this raise the profile of issues in a massive way. We are lucky to have chefs and local organizations committed to change.
You can check out an interview with Chef Anderson today on KATU news channel 2 @ 4pm.
Dan Welch says
Great things happening. An honor well deserved. Congrats Dave. Good to see Portland well represented in this cause.
Here’s another Portland Chef from a local elementary school also taking part Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move School Program
Very cool. Who knew! You have to honor their commitment to changing things. Another unsung hero.
Another Oregon chef goin to the White House!
Portland chefs rock!!!