HealthCorps Student To Appear On Food Network’s “Chopped” Oct 2nd at 10pm
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Contact: Rachel Tennenbaum, Communications Manager –Rachel.Tennenbaum@HealthCorps.org
HealthCorps Student To Appear On Food Network’s “Chopped” Oct 2nd at 10 pm
September 27, 2012 – New York, NY —Joel Allette, a former HealthCorps “Teen Battle Chef” student, will appear on the Food Network show “Chopped” on October 2nd, at 10pm.
Last fall, Chopped contacted HealthCorps curriculum partner FamilyCook Productions, creators of Teen Battle ChefÔ(TBC), to assist in selecting participants for a special teen episode of the show. After a series of written applications and interviews, Joel Allette was selected to be on the program. FamilyCook founder, Lynn Fredericks, credits his selection to Joel’s passion for cooking and “larger than life” personality.
Joel was introduced to the TBC program and to HealthCorps as a student at James Baldwin High School in New York City. Through HealthCorps and TBC, Joel developed his passion for cooking, eventually securing an internship at the Sylvia Center in New York City and taking on myriad of other leadership opportunities in the culinary field (such as teaching young children about healthy foods). Click here to learn more about Joel.
There will be a public screening of the Chopped Teen Episode on October 2nd at 4 Food Restaurant from 8-11pm, where Joel will be the guest of honor. 4Food is a quality quick service restaurant and they will offer ‘Happy Hour” prices on food and beverages throughout the evening in honor of Joel, who won the 4Food Veggiescoop Contest in 2010 and had his recipe on the 4Food menu for 18 months.
Joel Allette and FamilyCook founder and TBC creator Lynn Fredericks will be available at the event to speak with press.
About FamilyCook Productions and Teen Battle Chef
FamilyCook (FCP) brings people of all ages together around delicious, affordable fresh food while positively impacting their health and well-being. Since the late ’90s, FamilyCook programs and curricula have reached over 100,000 families across the US. FamilyCook provides evidence-based programs/ curricula and the training to embed nutrition education through hands-on cooking in schools, community organizations, on farms and other settings around the country.
Teen Battle Chef (TBC) is an FCP Youth Development Program exploring culinary, food systems and gardening education, while battling obesity and chronic disease.
TBC youth are empowered to challenge themselves on a skills level while practicing being part of team effort. Young people develop leadership, teamwork, and culinary skills as well as gain nutrition knowledge and a new appreciation for diverse, healthy and sustainably-produced food. Students discover how they can play a role to help their friends and family make healthier food choices. www.familycookproductions.com and Facebook
HealthCorps®, a 501 (C) 3 co-founded by Dr. Oz, the two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of the two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show,” and his wife Lisa, is building a movement to fight childhood obesity by getting to the underbelly of the crisis and helping Americans discover what they are really hungry for and why.
HealthCorps “Coordinators” carry out unique in school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer mentoring to deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength, HealthCorps Coordinators give teens purpose, help develop human character and inspire an interest in health and culinary arts careers.
HealthCorps also serves as a unique research laboratory — exploring the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis and discovering and communicating solutions. HealthCorps is bringing many initiatives together to address the “Whole Child” and activate the students’ mind, body and spirit. As a result, HealthCorps is transforming the educational paradigm one school at a time.
The program network spans 66 schools in 14 states and the District of Columbia.