Chef brings fresh food to Florida students

05/15/2013 07:44:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

North Florida high school students enjoyed a taste of different cuisine as part of a program that brings chefs to schools.

click image to zoomExecutive chef Thomas Tolxdorf of the Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island, Fla.Nassau District SchoolsA group of north Florida high school students enjoyed a taste of different cuisine as part of a chefs to schools program. Executive chef Thomas Tolxdorf of the Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island, Fla. (from left), recently served more than 800 students at the Fernandina Beach High School. Executive chef Thomas Tolxdorf of the Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island, Fla., recently served more than 800 students at the Fernandina Beach High School.

As part of the national Chefs Move to Schools initiative, Tolxdorf prepared a special lunch that exposed them to an international flavors, according to a news release.

The Chefs Move to Schools initiative is part of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to reduce childhood obesity.

On May 9, Tolxdorf prepared a meal featuring whole grain spaghetti made from scratch with tomato sauce, a side of fresh spring vegetables tossed with olive oil and herbs, a salad and homemade rolls.

“We are excited about executive chef Tolxdorf and his team’s interest in partnering with us and preparing such a meal for our students,” Allyn Graves, the Nassau County school district’s director of school foodservices, said in the release. “We look forward to expanding this initiative into more schools next year and working directly with our food managers,” said.

A 30-year culinary veteran who has worked throughout the world, chef Tolxdorf oversees a staff of 100 culinary professionals and advocates for local fresh food, according to the release.



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