Food News

Chef Michelle Bernstein Schools the Lunch Ladies of North Miami Senior High

On Friday, local chefs Michelle Bernstein, Kris Wessel, and Ken Lyon

simultaneously ran workshops in three high schools to introduce their

partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Short Order

followed Bernstein to North Miami Senior High, where

she led the school's cafeteria staff in preparing a new, healthier menu, which is vailable today as the school year kicks off.

Before she got to work on the

Asian chicken veggie wrap with sides of zucchini slaw and sweet

potatoes, she addressed the media and staff. "I'm not

leaving. I went to this high school. I graduated. I moved around, but

came back... I'll always come back... You're going to see a lot of

me." It's a promise that she, Wessel, and Lyon enthusiastically

made when presented with the opportunity earlier this year. The hope

is that more chefs will partner with

local schools.

The menu items resulting from the chef partnership are the first of several

options that North Miami Senior High, Miami Jackson Senior High, and

Miami Edison Senior High will offer students this year.

As the school year progresses, students enrolled in Family &

Consumer Sciences or culinary Programs will work with the chefs.

Penny Parham, administrative director,

Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Department of Food & Nutrition, also notes rthere will be reimbursable vending

machines this year. They will alleviate long lines and dispense nutritious sandwiches, wraps,

salads, and their sides for $2.50.

Cafeteria manager Nachelle Williams oversees the 1200 lunches per day. She notes staples such as

pizza, burgers, and chicken sandwiches will be served.

Chef Bernstein hopes this workshop educates the lunch

ladies on cooking and using ingredients to their

greatest value. "You don't have to manipulate the food for the

the kids to appreciate it," she says. 

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John Zur