Young Chefs is based on a collaborative platform that invites chefs, scientists, and educators to come together around a shared goal. To highlight some of our favorite organizations that share our goals and visions, we have created an online portal where you can click your way to like-minded organizations across the globe. This is updated continuously. Enjoy!
MIT OpenAG, Cambridge, MA
The MIT Media Lab Open Agriculture (“OpenAG”) Initiative is on a mission to bring out the farmer in everyone by creating healthier, more engaging, and more inventive food systems. The OpenAG Food Computer is a controlled environment agriculture system that allow users to grow food inside of specialized chamber that can be programmed, modified, manipulated, upgraded, and hacked as users experiment to find the perfect growing recipes for their favorite fresh foods. To get this project started, they are recruiting the world’s most curious, innovative, and enthusiastic scientists out there – kids.
ChopChop Magazine, Watertown, MA
ChopChopKids is an innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families. They publish an interactive cooking magazine for families, reaching over 2 million individuals each household, and also support education and programming for youth.
Green Bronx Machine, The Bronx, NY
Green Bronx Machine builds healthy, equitable, and resilient communities through inspired education, local food systems, and 21st Century workforce development. Dedicated to cultivating minds and harvesting hope, our school-based model using urban agriculture aligned to key school performance indicators grows healthy students and healthy schools to transform communities that are fragmented and marginalized into neighborhoods that are inclusive and thriving.
Kitchen Garden Laboratory, Portland, OR
The Kitchen Garden Laboratory teaches children and parents about what good food is. Through hands-on cooking-science sessions and establishment of gardens in low-income communities, this organization provides easy-to-make, inexpensive recipes that replace overly processed food with quality kitchen-oriented family time and scientific learning.
Food Lab for Kids, Cambridge, MA
The Food Lab for Kids aims to engage young students in the sciences through the lens of cooking, and to involve them in healthy, nutritious lifestyles. In this afterschool program, Harvard University undergraduate students serve as teachers for hands-on, lab-based classes on concepts in food science and nutrition.
The Food Trust, Philadelphia, PA
The Food Trust’s comprehensive approach includes improving food environments and teaching nutrition education in schools; working with corner store owners to increase healthy offerings and helping customers make healthier choices; managing farmers’ markets in communities that lack access to affordable produce; and encouraging grocery store development in underserved communities.
Farm in the City, St. Paul, MN
Urban Agriculture. Youth Organizing. Cultural Nutrition. Building on a variety of traditions in working the land and growing and preparing food, our Youth Farmers build cross-cultural and intergenerational relationships, cultivate youth leadership, engage in micro-enterprise development, and organize neighbors to envision, realize and activate neighborhood public space.
Grow Dat Youth Farm, New Orleans, LA
On our farm we work collaboratively to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire youth and adults to create personal, social and environmental change in their own communities. Grow Dat is a place where people from different backgrounds and disciplines come together in research and practice to support public health, local economies and a sustainable food system in South Louisiana.
Charlie Cart, Berkley, CA
The Charlie Cart Project is an integrated educational program that connects lessons in Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies with food and cooking. We combine a rigorous curriculum with a mobile kitchen classroom, to deliver hands-on nutrition education in any learning environment.
Healthy Fare for Kids, Chicago, IL
Our mission is to get healthier meals accessible to kids everywhere while building a channel of wholesome, sustainable food to supply those meals.