New York, NY, April 02, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- What: New York City teens from impoverished communities blossom with self confidence and the life skill of cooking as they pursue culinary achievement in Teen Battle Chef (TBC), the national culinary nutrition program from FamilyCook Productions.
“The Sizzle of Pursuit” follows a group of teens training to develop culinary skills and healthy eating habits to battle the chronic diseases and life stresses of growing up in poverty-dense communities. Students from TBC programs at Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School in Harlem and Health Careers High School in Washington Heights formed competition teams with Franklin K Lane students in Brooklyn to compete in Teen Battle Chef Live in 2015. Documentarian Gillian Aldrich, whose credits include working for director Michael Moore, followed the students as they prepped for the completion.
Former First Lady of New York, Michelle Paige-Paterson will moderate a short post-film discussion to include special guest Claus Meyer, co-founder of world renowned noma and The Melting Pot Foundation.
The event is presented by FamilyCook Productions, and co-sponsored by EmblemHealth and the Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, Inc. The event is open to the public and free to attend, though space is limited. RVSP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who: Michelle Paige-Paterson, EmblemHealth and former First Lady of New York
Claus Meyer, Culinary entrepreneur and creator of The Great Northern Food Hall at Grand Central Station and founder of the Melting Pot Foundation Jean McTavish, Principal, Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School, Harlem, NYC Yadira Ortega, former Teen Battle Chef participant and CUNY student Teen Battle Chef students from across NYC.
When: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
6 p.m. | Reception
6:30 - 8 p.m. Film Screening and Discussion
Where: Tavern 29
47 East 29th, New York NY 10016 (Between Madison and Park Avenues on north side of 29th Street)
FamilyCook Productions (FCP) www.familycookproductions.com is a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 to teach nutrition through cooking to K-12 students and their families. FCP has reached over 200,000 families nationwide and spawned over 130 Teen Battle Chef programs in 26 states. Along with HealthCorps and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, FCP is collaborating on an NIH funded research project to determine best practices to change behaviors that have been shown to cause obesity. FCP was founded by Lynn Fredericks, cookbook author, food activist and food and wine journalist. She is the author of Cooking Time is Family Time (William Morrow 1999) and, with Mercedes Sanchez, MS, RD, Get Your Family Eating Right! (Fairwinds Press, August 2013)
EmblemHealth, Inc. – www.emblemhealtho.org through its companies Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP), provides quality health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 3.4 million people. Groups and individuals can choose from a variety of PPO, EPO and HMO plans, as well as coverage for prescription drugs and dental and vision care. EmblemHealth offers a choice of networks, including quality doctors and other health care professionals throughout the region, leading acute care hospitals across the tristate area, and physicians and hospitals across all 50 states.
The Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, Incorporated was established in the Harlem community in 1988, and is a proud addition to a national organization established in 1946. The Chapter’s express mission is to serve the Greater Harlem community. The Chapter’s signature Young Achiever’s program and other equally effective initiatives have impacted Harlem institutions such as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem Hospital, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Thurgood Marshall Academy, and countless men, women and children in Harlem and around the world.
The Melting Pot - www.meltingpotfoundation.org The Melting Pot is a Danish not-for-profit organization founded by chef Claus Meyer in 2011 with the mission of spreading social uplift through the culinary arts and traditions. From the prisons of Denmark to the ghettos of Bolivia, The Melting Pot has successfully worked with at-risk communities to build solidarity through the celebration of local cuisine while providing marketable skills for their most vulnerable members. The Student Chef Program consists of advanced culinary trainings well as front-of-house training. Students will receive stipends while working in the cafe, restaurant, and bakery as part of their training.