12 Jul '12, 4pm

Top chefs go to ‘food policy boot camp’

Top chefs go to ‘food policy boot camp’

Chef Andrea Reusing harvests produce at Blackberry Farm for a collaborative meal at the pilot food policy boot camp. (Photo by Beall + Thomas.) Were you as disappointed as I was to see the French Laundry’s Thomas Keller flat-out reject his role as an influencer with power to change the food system recently? If so, this might give you hope. This week, The James Beard Foundation (JBF) — best known for its annual food industry awards — sent 15 chefs to food policy boot camp. That’s right, the iconic culinary organization has partnered with Pew Charitable Trusts to actively encourage chefs to push for real, tangible change. The intent, says JBF Vice President Mitchell Davis, is not to make all chefs advocates. But, he told the blog The Braiser , “increasingly, chefs are interested in these bigger issues, and increasingly they have some input that would help form some larger po...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/top-chefs-go-to-food-policy-boot-camp/

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