Students participate in the CHEF Kids program at PB&J.

Buford students visit PB&J Fund for CHEF Kids program

Students participate in the CHEF Kids program at PB&J.
Guided by a PB&J Fund volunteer, Ms. Wisbauer’s students learn proper slicing and dicing techniques as they prepare their homemade marinara sauce.

Students in Ms. Marcy Wisbauer’s Independent Living class participated in the CHEF Kids cooking program at the PB&J Fund, a local non-profit group that teaches culinary arts and nutrition to area students.

The eighth graders made homemade chicken parmesan while learning about proper knife handling, basic slicing, dicing, and chopping skills, food prep safety, and how to choose healthy and affordable food options. See photo gallery here.

“We have a couple of students in the class that may want to become chefs, so this exposes them to what it would be like to work in a professional kitchen,” said Wisbauer.

CHEF Kids program manager John Robinson said the program is popular with middle school kids who may have never had opportunities to cook meals from scratch. More than 11,000 students have passed through the PB&J Fund kitchen or participated in one of the on-site programs since the kitchen opened in 2013.

Along with cooking, Wisbauer teaches a variety of life skills lessons as part of the Independent Living elective course, including money management, sewing, career exploration, and workplace readiness skills.

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