Written by Karlys Wells (former SDSU Extension Associate).
The SDSU Extension Power Chef lesson series is an educational program designed to teach basic food preparation skills and showcase important information about school food programs. Electronic copies of this series are available on a limited basis. Contact Karlys Wells (former SDSU Extension Associate) to request access to the materials.
Power Chef Challenge
The Power Chef Challenge is a nutrition education program teaching basic food preparation skills with the intent of having youth participants share and prepare healthy recipes with their families. It is nutrition education packaged in a competitive food preparation experience. The core outcome is the ability to prepare a healthy meal or dish based on USDA MyPlate guidelines. The skills learned to fulll this outcome are: kitchen safety, basic nutrition and familiarity with the MyPlate food groups, ability to read nutrition labels, basic skills and using various kitchen tools and techniques, safe storage and handling of foods, ability to understand and follow recipes, knowing how to successfully alter recipes to use ingredients on hand, and understanding what makes a meal or dish both tasty and visually appealing. The end result is some very enthusiastic and well-trained youth cooks preparing tasty, healthy meals for their family and friends.
- Lesson 1 – Kitchen Sense
- Lesson 2 – Eating From MyPlate
- Lesson 3 – Bene ts of Grains
- Lesson 4 – I’ll Eat These Veggies
- Lesson 5 – Fantastic Fruits
- Lesson 6 – Protein Power
- Lesson 7 – Does It Taste The Same?
- Lesson 8 – Meals With Appeal
Power Chef in the Cafeteria
Power Chef in the Cafeteria is an educational event designed to showcase important information about school lunch, school breakfast, and outside of school time summer feeding programs. Additional components of the showcase include how to utilize local foods, how to use helpful culinary skills in preparing meals, and to celebrate students learning about nutrition and food preparation. The audience will be parents, teachers, students, and other community members that are interested in healthy meals for youth.