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Miami Chefs Help Jump-Start Public School Breakfasts

Students all over the state are celebrating Florida School Breakfast Week, in which kids are encouraged to start their day with healthy chow.

According to the Food Research and Action Center in Washington, D.C., children who eat a complete breakfast make fewer mistakes and work

faster in math and number-checking tests. Kids who eat breakfast also show improved cognitive function, attention, and memory.

Susan Rothstein at the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition wants all children to be able to enjoy a healthful breakfast. "We have a universal free breakfast program. Every child can have breakfast for free."

To introduce kids to breakfast and healthy eating, Rothstein has enlisted the help of some of Miami's best chefs.


Wednesday, September 19, several chefs will visit Miami-Dade public

schools to talk to students over breakfast. The chefs' task will be to

see how students feel about breakfast, what they would like to eat to

start the day, and to get kids excited about eating nutritious foods.

The chefs will then submit breakfast recipes to Miami-Dade for possible

inclusion into the school districts' food programs.


said the chefs were eager to participate, even at the last minute.

"Many of these chefs have been working with our students for many years.

Some chefs have children that attend Miami-Dade public schools. But

what's really notable is that all of these chefs are really concerned

about helping kids eat a nutritious breakfast."

The participating chefs and the schools they'll visit are as follows:

Michelle Bernstein (Michy's and Crumb on Parchment)
North Miami Senior High, 13110 NE Eighth Ave., North Miami

Doug Rodriguez (De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean)

David Lawrence Jr. K-8, 15000 Bay Vista Blvd., North Miami

Richard Ingraham (Personal Chef)

Miami Northwestern Senior, 1100 NW 71st St., Miami

Kris Wessel (Red Light Little River)
Ada Merritt K-8 Center, 660 SW Third St., Miami

Julie Frans (Essensia at the Palms Hotel)

North Beach Elementary, 4100 Prairie Ave., Miami Beach

Lorena Garcia (Lorena Garcia Cocina)
Biscayne Elementary, 800 77th St., Miami Beach

Bradley Herron (Michael's Genuine Food & Drink)
Phillis Wheatley Elementary, 1801 NW First Place, Miami

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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