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November 12, 2019

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Chef Ann Cooper, a celebrated author, cook and educator, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College.

Hear how this famous chef-turned-renegade lunch lady is transforming the classic unhealthy school lunch into nourishing, fresh-cooked meals. You might even learn a thing or two to take back to your kitchen!

In addition, David Smith, JCCC Professor of Hospitality Management, will lead a discussion about how the College is planting healthy eating habits via the on-campus Open Petal Farm and the Children’s Garden at our Hiersteiner Child Development Center.  

“The audience should expect to be shocked at the little effort we’re currently contributing to school lunches. They should ask themselves if what we’re contributing is enough. Chef Ann is a dynamic speaker and considered the foremost authority on this topic,” said Smith.

Chef Ann is an enduring advocate for better food for all children. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she has been a chef for more than 30 years, with 15 of those in school food programs.

This free event is open to the public and part of JCCC’s 50th Anniversary celebration.