Sullivan University’s baking and pastry department chair Derek Spendlove will help launch First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools program at the White House on Friday.
Spendlove is one of 100 chefs nationwide selected to take part in the event.
Spendlove, who chairs the American Culinary Federation’s certification commission, has shared his expertise with aspiring and seasoned chefs for more than 25 years. He was the Federation’s Educator of the Year in 2002.
The White House event brings together the Chefs Move to Schools pilot group, which will work this summer with the American Culinary Federation, the National Restaurant Association and the hunger-relief group Share Our Strength to prepare for work with schools this fall.
The pilot group will visit the White House garden, hear a speech from Michelle Obama and participate in a breakfast forum with Share our Strength.
Chefs Move to Schools is run through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It pairs chefs with schools in their community to educate children about food and nutrition.