We are a class of 17 teenagers at Mount Diablo High School in Concord, California. Our class is called “Food for a Healthy Community.” We are learning how to eat healthier, how nutrition and health go together.
Every day, we come to class and get prepared to teach a lesson or a learn a lesson from a group.
Our teacher, Chef Cindy Gershen, is helping us to run a restaurant. Each week we divide into groups: owner/general manager, chef, prep chef, education, logistics (that means ordering food and dishwashing!)
After we do the class work, we divide into our groups and make a meal. So far, we’ve made baked potatoes, chicken fajitas, pasta with red sauce, turkey quinoa and cheese casserole.
Every day we cook lunch. We feed our class, and other teachers and students. We feed about 70 people a day: only “real food,” whole grains, veggies, fruit, protein and dairy. It costs only about $1 a person.
Chef Cindy says that if we learn to change our food, we can change everything. We are working with local businesses and partners: Kaiser and the HEAL Zone, Monument Community Partnership and the Chavez Center, Whole Foods Market, Hilton, Pacific Gas and Electric Food Service Technology Center, Allied Waste and others. PG&E and Kaiser are helping us to build a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen with seven cooking stations, walk-in freezer and refrigerator.
With what we learn in this class, we can go to become a chef, a restaurant manager, run a restaurant, a nutritionist, a food scientist, grocery manager, and maybe even go into agriculture!
Stay tuned as we post updates about what we learn and how we’ve changed.