As TEDxManhattan approaches, we’ve asked this year’s speakers to answer a few questions so we can learn more about them and what they’ll be speaking about. In the second of this series of posts, we hear from Ann Cooper, a celebrated author, chef, educator, and enduring advocate for better food for all children.
1) What’s the topic you’ll be speaking about?
Healthy School Food
2) Why do you feel this is important?
Both pediatric obesity & diabetes are on the rise and our children’s health is at a crisis point. Healthy school food can help reverse this trend.
3) Are there other projects you’re also passionate about right now?
Let’s Move Salad Bars 2 Schools
Healthy Breakfast 4 Kids
4) Which other TEDxManhattan speakers are you excited about hearing?
Anna Lappé, Gary Hirshberg, Bill Yosses
5) Where can more information about your project be found?
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY, Ann has been a chef for more than 30 years including positions with Holland America Cruises, Radisson Hotels, Telluride Ski Resort as well as serving as Executive Chef at the renowned Putney Inn in Vermont. She has been featured in many prominent publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Chicago Tribune and has appeared on many media outlets. Ann has shared her knowledge and experience by speaking at the Smithsonian Institute and the National Restaurant Association among other institutions and conferences. She has been honored by SLOW Food USA, selected as a Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, and awarded an honorary doctorate from SUNY Cobleskill for her work on sustainable agriculture. Ann is the author of four books. She is past president of The American Culinary Federation of Central Vermont, and past president and board member of Women’s Chefs and Restaurateurs. She also served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Standards Board, a Congressional appointment, and was an Executive Committee member of Chefs Collaborative. In 2009, Ann founded Food Family Farming Foundation (F3) as a nonprofit focusing on solutions to the school food crisis. Chef Ann is happily working overtime as a Chef, Nutrition Services Director, Consultant, Author, Public Speaker, and Advocate because she sees a need for change and has the gifts to help.
Change Food is a nonprofit whose mission is to connect and transform the food we eat, the people who produce it, and the world in which it is grown. To read and learn more, visit The Guide to Good Food blog.